Ryan Anderson's hockey career seems to have ended after his 2018-19 NCHC season. However he does have NHL pedigree as his Dad Earl played 3 NHL seasons with Detroit and Boston.
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Today's post will feature a 1961 Topps baseball style hockey set I created for a client followed by the first part of a UND Varsity hockey set I created for another. A lot of the 1961 set use pictures from the1958-67 Star Weekly magazine that featured an NHL player photo in every weekend edition.
There may be bigger supporters of their home state but Bob Mooney is tops, as far as I know, for North Dakota !! Here is A-F section of a 1966 Topps Baseball style UND Varsity set created for him.
Ryan Anderson's hockey career seems to have ended after his 2018-19 NCHC season. However he does have NHL pedigree as his Dad Earl played 3 NHL seasons with Detroit and Boston.
Jim Archibald was a 7th round pick, 139th overall, by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1981 NHL draft and made his pro, and NHL, debut in his senior year playing 8 AHL games and 4 with the Stars. Had a goal, 2 assists and11 PIM with Stars but spent majority of his 3 remaining pro seasons in the minors. Had 16 NHL appearances, all with Minnesota, but only added to his PIM total after his debut year.
Gage Ausmus was a 5th round pick, 151st overall, by the San Jose Sharks in the 2013 NHL draft. Spent his 3 pro seasons in the ECHL playing 136 games with 5 goals, 34 assists and 86 PIM before retiring after the 2018-19 season.
Ed Belfour went undrafted out of UND but signed as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks and made his way to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.
Jason Blake also went undrafted out of UND but signed with the Kings, playing his first NHL game and scoring his first NHL goal in his senior year. He spent the next 14 years in the NHL, overcoming Chronic Myeloid Leukemia along the way, to score 213 goals and 486 points while making stops in L.A., Long Island, Tooronto and Anaheim before retiring after the 2011-12 NHL season.
Brock Boeser was a 1st round choice, 23rd overall, by Vancouver in 2015 after scoring 35 goals in USHL as an 18 year old. Joined them after 2 seasons at UND and hasn't disappointed, scoring 29 goals as a rookie and 26 the next season.
Brad Bombardir was a 3rd round pick, 56th overall, by New Jersey in 1990 but spent 3 seasons in minors before making his NHL debut with them in 1997-98. Spent 7 seasons in NHL notching 8 goals, 54 points and 127 PIM. Retired after the 2003-04 year and is currently the Minnesota Wild's Director of Player Development.
Dan Brennan spent 4 seasons at UND and was an 8th round pick, 195th overall, by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1981 NHL draft. Made his NHL debut with them in his senior year at UND appearing in 2 games without recording any stats. Spent most of his next 2 pro seasons in AHL but did play another 6 games with Kings and registered 1 assist & 9 PIM. He retired after the 1985-86 season and later, 1989-90, served as assistant coach of the WHL Victoria Cougars.
Drake Caggiula was another undrafted product of UND who signed with the Edmonton Oilers for 2016-17 and is still active today with the Arizona Coyotes. In his third year with the Oilers he was traded to Chicago where he stayed until the end of 2019-20 season, an injury plagued year, before being released. Signed as a free agent with the Coyotes on Dec. 1, 2020 and has 1 goal and 7 points on the season.
Jim Cahoon's UND career was good enough to make him a 3rd round pick, 31st overall by the Canadiens in the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft. Spent his entire 5 year pro career in AHL with Nova Scotia Voyageurs, never earning a call to Montreal despite a 29 goal and 66 point season in 1974-75 and helping them to a Calder Cup in 1976. Retired after the 1977-78 year and continued his education at St. Francis Xavier University. Remained in Nova Scotia as a phys-ed instructor and hockey coach at St. Francis Xavier University from 1978 to 1982.
Adam Calder played for his hometown Terriers before earning a scholarship to the University of North Dakota where he added a NCAA National Championship to his Degree in Physical Education. From 1999 onward Adam went on a hockey world tour with stops in South Carolina (winning another title), the IHL and AHL, Wichita before heading to Europe where he played in Sweden and Italy. He then played hockey in Coventry, England where he made his home and dominated the Elite Ice Hockey League for several years. Knowing that there was more to life outside the rink he completed his MBA at Coventry University and became a Project Engineer, testing vehicles with Jaguar Landrover. Passed away in 2018 at the age of only 42.
After graduating from UND Terry Casey joined the US National Team for the 1967 Ice Hockey World Championships and scored two goals for the 5th-place team. The result ensured the US a spot in the 1968 Winter Olympics and shortly after the '67 championships Casey was named to the Olympic roster. That summer Casey was heading to a softball tournament when the car he was traveling in crossed the center divide and struck another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. He was killed at the age of 23 ending a hockey dream.
Ben Cherski was one of UND's best players in the early years, compiling 131 goals and 188 points between 1951-55, making him UND's all-time leading men's hockey goal-scorer. Cherski became the first UND player to score 40 goals in a season when he did it in 1953-54, at record that stood until Doug Smail tallied 43 goals 26 years later, and averaged 1.88 points per game at UND, second in school history behind only Tony Hrkac .
Taylor Chorney was selected by the Oilers in the 2nd round, 36th overall, in the 2005 NHL Amateur Draft but opted to spend 3 seasons at UND before testing pro waters. In senior year he opted out of collegiate play and in 68 games with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL scored five goals and 21 points. He also got a look at the NHL, but failed to register any points in two games he spent with the Oilers. Next season Chorney made the Oilers out of training camp as a 22-year-old and skated in 12 games before being sent to Springfield in the AHL. He returned to Edmonton in late January and shuffled between the two teams. Has had other NHL stops in St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Washington and Columbus, never playing a full season. After the 2017-18 season he headed for Europe where he is presently playing in the Austrian League.
Gord Christian played with UND from 1947 to 1950, tying for scoring leader on the team in both the 1947–48 and 1948–49 seasons. He was a member of the silver medal winning 1956 United States Olympic ice hockey team, while his brothers, Bill and Roger, were 1960 hockey gold medalists and his nephew was 1980 gold medalist Dave Christian.
Bryn Chyzyk, who earned a business management degree at UND, turned to pro hockey for the 2016-17 season. He suited up for both the ECHL’s Indy Fuel and for the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs. After concussions cut Chyzyk’s pro career short, he returned to UND and served as a graduate assistant coach for their men’s hockey team. He has since scouted American prospects for the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Virden Oil Capitals and was recently named the Director of Scouting for the Waterloo (Iowa) Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League..
Mike Commodore won an NCAA crown at the UND and since then has had no shortage of jerseys worn in his hockey-playing career. He won a Stanley Cup in Carolina and made another final in Calgary and captured a world championships title with his native Canada. But despite the consistent, hulking presence Commodore provided on the blue line at every stop, the Alberta native's pro career also included seven AHL stops as well as time with the Blue Jackets, Red Wings and Lightning, not to mention a stop in the KHL with Admiral Vladivostok where he retired after the 2013-14 season.
Lee Davidson played four seasons as a center for the Fighting Sioux and had 202 points in 167 games, ranking fifth in the school's career scoring. Drafted by the Capitals in the 8th round, 166th overall, of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, he would spend 9 years in pro hockey. Spent 8 of those in the North American minor leagues and 1 final season, 1998-99, in the German DEL. Returned to UND where he was assistant coach of men's hockey team until 2007-08.
Ryan Duncan won the Hobey Baker award in 2007 but went undrafted spending 10 seasons in minor pro ranks. Has spent most of his professional career in Austria where he has won four league titles with Red Bull Salzburg in Austria’s top league. In his only AHL season had 14 goals and 36 points with the AHL Portland Pirates. Retired after the 2018-19 Austrian season ended.
Cary Eades had 60 goals and 133 points in the BCJHL in 1977-78 then headed to UND for 4 seasons. Undrafted after his varsity career he spent 2 seasons in the CHL before turning to coaching. Spent 9 years as assistant coach at UND and the remainder as a head coach in USHL with Dubuque, Sioux Falls and Fargo, retiring after the 2018-19 season.
Ralph Engelstad became a member of the UND hockey team in 1948 and played goalie for two years before leaving for California to play for the San Bernardino Shamrocks and work construction. Realizing the importance of an education, he returned to UND and earned a bachelors degree in commerce. Returning to the construction business he would go on to become “The most outstanding and successful entrepreneur to graduate from UND in its entire history”.
Derek Forbort was a 1st round pick, 15th overall, by the L.A. Kings in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. After 3 years at UND he spent 2 plus seasons in AHL with Manchester Monarchs and Ontario Reign prior to making his NHL debut with the Kings in 2015-16. Traded to the Flames in 2020 but was released at year ended, signing as a free agent with the Winnipeg Jets for 2020-21.
Matt Frattin destroyed the WCHA in his senior year, leading North Dakota in scoring with 60 points in 44 games. At the conclusion of that season Frattin signed a two-year entry-level deal with the Maple Leafs and began his pro career. Frattin made the 2011-12 Leafs out of camp, but inevitably split time with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. Dealt to L.A. in 2013, then to Columbus in 2014 and then back to Toronto the same year, nagging knee injuries kept him from his potential. Played 14 games with Leafs in 2014-15 with rest of that and next 2 years spent back in AHL, as the property of Ottawa after a 2016 trade. Has spent the last 4 seasons in KHL and is playing there in 2020-21.
That's it for tonight, pretty impressive lineup of varsity to pro talent sent out from UND !! As always, any of these are available to purchase, just send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Back again with another attempt to get closer to bottom of huge pile of new creations that haven't made it here yet. For Maple Leaf fans I just finished posting many new Maple Leaf autographs to that section. Going to start with the European variety of football, I
created a custom 1972 European Championships set and a 1974 World Cup set for a client.
Will shift to some hockey next starting with a batch of Mike Bossy customs created for his biggest fan, Newfoundlander Justin Kennedy.
Next are some upgrades on some of my early creations, mostly Maple Leafs but also a pair of Whalers to reflect the correct uniform for their initial season. First 3 Maple Leafs from the 1951-52 Parkie set; Barilko, Carr & Costello.
Mike Van Ryn as Maple Leafs assistant captain, special creation for his Mom !!
John Adams enjoyed great success in the junior ranks with his hometown Port Arthur team being one of the few players to appear in four consecutive Memorial Cup tournaments. He signed with the Boston Bruins and was assigned to the minor league Dayton Gems of the IHL in 1967 winning the leading goaltending award in 1969. Adams would not play his first NHL game until 1972-73 when he played fourteen games for the defending champion Bruins. Another 8 games in 1974-75 with the Capitals would be the last of his NHL career.
Bill Flett was nicknamed "Cowboy" because in addition to being a hockey player, he owned a cattle ranch in Alberta and he was also a rodeo performer. He was well known throughout his career for being one of the few hockey players at the time to sport a full beard, and for being one of the last players to play without a helmet. Played 689 NHL and 195 WHA games over his 17 year pro career.
Derek Grant was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the 4th round (119th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut with them in 2013 playing 5 games. Signed next with the Flames, playing in 15 more NHL games, and then Buffalo where he added another 40 games. Off to Nashville next, where he would only see action in 6 games, then on to Anaheim. Saw action in
23 games and recorded his first NHL goal with them in 2016-17. The next year saw him don a Penguins uniform before going back to Anaheim and then to Philadelphia and then back to Anaheim for 1920-21 !! That's 11 pro seasons, 11 teams and 264 games.
Tyler Wong scored 198 points over his final two years of junior hockey for the Lethbridge Hurricanes, but was never drafted and failed to earn an NHL entry-level contract. One of the standouts of the first Golden Knights’ training camp, he actually scored a hat trick in the franchise’s first ever preseason game. Unfortunately, that offensive prowess never translated to the professional level where Wong has scored just 21 points in 125 AHL games. In 2019-20 he packed up and headed to Russia and the KHL.
We'll finish up with some custom American football creations, hope you enjoyed this blog !!
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Today we will post a real dog's breakfast of custom stuck in my documents file that weren't posted previously, I'll start with some
Next a few football leftovers, starting with a couple of very elusive Oklahoma Sooners !!
Now for a batch of hockey starting with vintage and ending with current cards.
Max Bennett, a right-winger hailing from Colbalt, Ontario,signed with the Montreal Canadiens on May 27, 1935. He played one game with the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge in 1935-36, and didn't make the scoreboard. That would be his entire NHL career.
Jim McFadden was born in Belfast, Ireland but moved to Canada as a youngster and began his pro hockey career in 1939 with Portland in the PCHL. He played seven seasons in the NHL breaking in with Detroit in 1947-48 and won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie. He played on the 1950 Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. Jim McFadden played 412 NHL games with 100 goals, 126 assists 226 points, his 1951-52 Parkie rookie has him in a Blackhawks uniform.
Ken Wharram played his entire 14-year National Hockey League career with Chicago and is one of only 11 players to score more than 250 goals wearing a Blackhawks sweater. Made his 1 game NHL debut in 1951-52 and played 766 games with the Blackhawks and tallied 252 goals with 281 assists. His rookie card was issued as part of the 1958-59 Topps set.
Charlie Burns played 749 games in the National Hockey League with the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Oakland Seals, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Minnesota North Stars. He played junior hockey with the Toronto Marlboros from 1952–56, winning the Memorial Cup in 1955 and 1956. He then played for the senior Whitby Dunlops from 1956–58, winning the Allan Cup in 1957 and the World Championship in 1958. Burns turned pro with the Detroit Red Wings in 1958-59 and was the only US-born player in the NHL at that time.
Harry Lumley made his NHL debut on Dec. 19, 1943, and set an NHL record that still stands. With many players serving overseas during World War II, a shortage of goalies created the opening for Lumley to become the youngest goalie to play in the NHL. He would suit up as a 17-year-old for the Detroit Red Wings in a 6-2 loss to the New York Rangers. Lumley played three NHL games that season, including one period with the Rangers on an in-game injury replacement loan, before being returned to Indianapolis of the American Hockey League. Over 16 NHL seasons he appeared in 803 games recording 71 shutouts and ending
his career in Boston. Just had to create a custom, in 1961 Topps baseball style, for him when I came across this between periods pictures !!
Angus 'Gus' Mortson's NHL career spanned 13 seasons during which he played 797 games between Toronto, Chicago and Detroit. He played in eight NHL All-Star Games, was named to the NHL First All-Star Team on one occasion and was a four-time Stanley Cup champion, winning all four as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Don Awrey and Skip Krake both had cards issued as part of the 1967-68 Topps set, Krake's being his rookie card, problem was their pictures were on the other players card !! So along comes the 1968-69 issue and apparently nobody at Topps notice because it happened again, here are our corrected versions.
Jean Gauthier played 166 games in his NHL career, including 90 with the Habs. He also suited up for seven playoff games with the Canadiens, capturing the Stanley Cup with them in 1965. He added another 76 games with the Flyers and Bruins before a jump to WHA. He would no get a Boston hockey card issued.
Bob Barlow stepped on the ice on Oct. 12, 1969, as the oldest rookie in NHL history. Seconds later, he was on the scoresheet by firing a 30-foot shot past Bernie Parent of the Philadelphia Flyers. However the game got tougher after that, in 77 NHL games he managed 16 goals then jumped to WHA and added 6 more in 51 games in that league.
Norm Beaudin was one of the "Original" St. Louis Blues, as one one of the six new teams when the NHL expanded in 1967 they selected Beaudin as the 13th player they picked in the expansion draft. He played 25 games in the National Hockey League for the St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota North Stars. Norm would then join the WHA where he played 309 games and became one of nine Winnipeg Jets all-time to surpass 100 points in a season. He was an WHA All-Star and also held a Playoff Scoring record of 28 points in 1973. He would never get a card issued as a North Star.
Brian McDonald made his NHL debut with an 8 game appearance for Chicago in the 1967-68 playoffs. He got back to the league 3 years later with Buffalo, then headed for the WHA. He would play 304 games in that league with stops in Houston, Los Angeles, Michigan, Baltimore and Indianapolis. I had previously created a '68-69 Blackhawks custom rookie card and a '72-73 Aeros WHA card. A friend of his saw them and asked me to make any others I could to mark his career. Here they are, Mr. McDonald was kind enough to sign one of each for my collection !!
To end 1971-72 creations we have a set of playoff cards that a client requested, tough to do considering the finals outcome.
Gary Doak played in Boston for 14 seasons was a member of the Bruins' 1970 Stanley Cup championship team. He also played parts of two seasons each with the Detroit Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks and one season with the New York Rangers. His hockey card list didn't include a '73-74 version.
Ted Harris finished his playing career as a member of the Flyers' 1974-75 Stanley Cup winning team. The campaign marked the fifth Stanley Cup ring Harris earned in his career after winning four championships during a six-plus season stint with the Montreal Canadiens. Over his 12 seasons he made stops in Minnesota, Detroit and St. Louis, all in 1973-74 !! His '73-74 Red Wings card was an air-brushed head shot, here's our update.
Dave Kryskow was drafted by the Chicago Black Hawks in the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft and played in Chicago for parts of two seasons. Left exposed for the 1974 NHL Expansion Draft, he was claimed by the Washington Capitals. After playing only 51 games for the Capitals, he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings and would also play for the Atlanta Flames. Kryskow finished his professional hockey career in the World Hockey Association playing for the Calgary Cowboys and Winnipeg Jets. His 1974-75 rookie card shows him as a Capital, here is an earlier Chicago version.
Earl Anderson played 109 regular games in the National Hockey League for the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings between 1973 and 1977. Made his debut with Detroit in 1974-75 but was dealt to Bruins after 45 games. His rookie card was issued in the 1977-78 OPC and Topps sets, here are a couple of older versions.
Butch Deadmarsh was taken in the second round of the 1970 NHL draft with the 15th pick overall by the Buffalo Sabres. Played 56 games as a Sabre over parts of 3 seasons then was dealt to Atlanta. After 61 games there he made his last NHL stop, 20 games in Kansas City. Jumped to WHA and played 255 games in that league over 4 years with 5 different teams. His '74-75 Scouts rookie card was an air-brushed head shot, here's our update.
Richard Lemieux was taken in the third round of the 1971 NHL draft with the 39th pick overall by the Canucks. Played 192 games as in Vancouver over 3 seasons then was dealt to Kansas City. His '74-75 Scouts rookie card was an air-brushed head shot, here's our updated version.
Peter Mara would play 107 games in the WHA with the Chicago Cougars, Denver Spurs, and Ottawa Civics over 2 seasons. His career highlight was the 1973-1974 season, while playing for the IHL Des Moines Capitols, Mara was awarded the Leo P. Lamoureux Memorial Trophy, as the league's leading scorer and the James Gatschene Memorial Trophy, as outstanding playing ability and sportsmanlike conduct. A friend of his asked me to create a card or cards to mark his career. Here they are, Mr. Mara was kind enough to sign one of each for my collection !!
Hank Nowak played 180 regular games in the National Hockey League for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins between 1973-74 and 1976-777. Made his debut with Pens in 1973-74 but was dealt to Red Wings after 13 games, then in mid-season 1974-75 he was off to Boston. His rookie card was issued in the 1976-77 OPC and Topps sets, here are a couple of older versions.
Al Sims played ten seasons in the NHL between 1973 and 1983 with the Boston Bruins, Hartford Whalers and Los Angeles Kings. In 1972, Sims was the first-round (and first-ever) draft pick of the New York Raiders of the World Hockey Association, but chose to sign with the Bruins who had drafted him in the third round. Client wanted a 1977-78 Bruins card.
Dave Gorman played three games for the NHL Atlanta Flames in 1979-80, but spent most of his pro time in the WHA. Appeared in 260 games over 5 WHA seasons with stops in Phoenix and Birmingham. Before he turned pro, Gorman was a standout scorer for the St. Catharines Black Hawks for three seasons from 1971-72 through 1973-74. In his final season in St. Catharines, Gorman netted 53 goals and 129 points for the Ontario Hockey League champions. His only hockey card was issued as part of the 1975-76 Roadrunners team issued set. Again a friend of his asked me to create a card or cards to mark his career. Here they are but unfortunately Mr. Gorman's health makes him unable to sign them.
Bobby Miller, one of four siblings raised in Billerica, MA, spent a significant portion of his childhood in the hockey rink. At only 19 years old he was a member of the 1976 US Olympic Hockey team at Innsbruck, before going on to play for the Boston Bruins, Colorado Rockies, and the LA Kings. Made his NHL debut, as a Bruin, in 1977-78 and his rookie card was issued as part of 1979-80 OPC & Topps sets, here's an earlier version.
Colin Smith was a 7nd round pick, 192nd overall, by Colorado in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Made his 1 game NHL debut in 2014-15 after 2 seasons in AHL. He Had 41 goals and 106 points in his final WHL junior year but has struggled at pro level.
Dillon Simpson was a 4th round pick, 92nd overall, by Edmonton in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Made his 3 game NHL debut in 2016-17 after 3 seasons in AHL developing his defensive skills.
Josh Currie, a home-grown PEI native, made his NHL debut in 2018-19 with the Edmonton Oilers. Called up after notching 27 goals in 53 games that year with AHL's Bakersfield Condors and saw action in 21 games.
Zach MacEwen, another home-grown PEI boy, also made his NHL debut in 2018-19 but with the Vancouver Canucks. Saw action in 4 games after scoring 22 goals in 69 AHL games with Utica Comets.
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Happy New Year to everyone, when a while since we posted, 100's of new creations to post but time slips away !! I'll start with a batch of the latest Maple Leaf acquisitions, unfortunately script hasn't changed much, all offense and a little defense. Oh well we at least beat the hated Habs to start the year so all is not lost.
Alexander Barabanov has been nothing but an offensive dynamo playing in Russia, both at the junior and pro levels. In Russia’s junior league, the MHL, he was over a point per game average, recording 177 points in 175 games with SKA-1946 St. Petersburg. In 262 games with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL, he recorded 62 goals and 75 assists, while winning the Gagarin Cup twice in 2014-15 and 2016-17.
Zach Bogosian helped the Tampa Bay Lightning to their second Cup in franchise victory last season, notching four points in 20 post-season games as they triumphed over the Dallas Stars in the final. Bogosian split the 2019-20 season between Buffalo and Tampa Bay, collecting five points in 19 games before being waived and having his contract terminated by the Sabres on Feb. 22. He signed with the Lightning a day later and added two assists in eight games down the stretch.
T.J. Brodie was arguably the Leafs biggest addition this off season, at least as far as on-ice value goes, as his signing helps the Leafs round out their deepest blueline in years, maybe even decades. Brodie plays on the top pair with Morgan Rielly, at least to start the season, and while Rielly is no Mark Giordano, Brodie being the best partner he’s ever played with could mean we might see an improvement in Rielly’s play as well.
Adam Brooks went undrafted, twice, before Toronto called his name in the 4th round of the 2016 draft. He went back to the WHL and put up 130 points in 66 games and then was part of the Toronto Marlies’ Calder Cup win in 2018 under Sheldon Keefe. Made a handful of appearances last year and then Brooks, who’d been on the taxi squad, was slotted in as the fourth-line centre in last weeks game against Edmonton. The Oilers grabbed an early lead but just 43 seconds later a shot banked off of Brooks, he had his first NHL goal, and Toronto went on to win 4-2. This card honors his first NHL goal.
Jack Campbell joined the Leafs late last season and in his six appearances, posted a .915 SV%, a 2.63 GAA, and went 3-2-1. Combined with his numbers with the Kings he had an 11-12-3 record while registering a .904 SV% and a 2.80 GAA. Got off to a great start this year posting a pair of wins before being lost to an injury in their last game against Calgary.
Mikko Lehtonen’s nickname, “The Finnish Bobby Orr,” says a lot about what some observers think of the Maple Leafs’ new defenceman. The 26-year-old is a top-shelf skater with offensive skills and he has been the KHL’s top defenceman the last two years, but he still has to earn a job with the Leafs.
Wayne Simmonds has no delusions of regaining his status as a 30-goal man or All-Star Game MVP. He knows he is in town to alter the energy, puff some chests and throw some checks. Simmonds took less money to come home and represent Toronto this season ($1.5 million) than Montreal offered.
Joe Thornton signed a one-year contract with Toronto for the league minimum of $700,000 US in October, ending a successful 15-year tenure with the San Jose Sharks. He will be counted on to bring a veteran presence to a club that is big on talent but sorely lacking in post-season success.
Jimmy Vesey scored a critical goal in his Maple Leaf debut. He found the back of the net at 10:33 of the third period to tie the game at 4 en route to Toronto's 5-4 overtime win against Montreal. He was limited to nine goals and 20 points in 64 contests with Buffalo last season, but he has the potential to do somewhat better in 2020-21.
Next up is a set of soccer customs that highlight the 1972 UEFA European Championships.
We'll end with a batch of 1990-91 Upper Deck style Montreal customs.
Frédéric Chabot, originally from Hébertville-Station, Quebec, was the New Jersey Devils’ 10th-round pick and the 192nd overall selection at the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. He signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on Jan. 16, 1990 and made his NHL debut on Jan. 31, 1991, when he was tapped to replace André Racicot in a game against the Bruins and went on to play a total of three games for the team that season.
Alain Cote was traded to Montreal by Washington for Marc Deschamps on June 22, 1990. The defenceman played with Montreal from 1990-1992 as a utility player, appearing in 41 games and collecting nine assists with a +15 rating, while spending the majority of his time with the Fredericton Canadiens.
Ed Cristofoli was the Canadiens’ seventh-round pick and the 142nd overall selection at the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. After spending four years at the University of Denver, he made his NHL debut on Oct. 31, 1989 against the New York Islanders. During his only stint in the League, Cristofoli played a total of nine games with the Canadiens, recording an assist on November 20 against the Calgary Flames.
Martin Desjardins was the Canadiens fourth-round pick and the 75th overall selection at the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut on Oct. 11, 1989 against the Boston Bruins at the Forum. He went on to play seven other games with the Habs, recording two assists, before being sent down the American Hockey League’s Sherbrooke Canadiens.
Gerald Diduck was the New York Islanders’ first-round pick and the 16th overall selection at the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with the New York organization in 1984-85, going on to play the next five seasons as an Islander before being traded to the Canadiens on Sept. 4, 1990 in exchange for Craig Ludwig. Diduck played 32 games with the Habs, during which he recorded one goal and two assists.
Luc Gauthier signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on Oct. 7, 1986, spending most of his career in the American Hockey League. Gauthier made his NHL debut on Jan. 27, 1991, against the Boston Bruins at the Forum. He played two other games with the Habs during his short NHL career, logging two penalty minutes in that time.
Brent Gilchrist helped the Habs reach the Stanley Cup final in his rookie season with Montreal in 1988-89. Considered a two-way player who delivered a solid game at both ends of the ice, he was chosen 79th overall by the Canadiens in the 1985 draft. From 1989 to 1992, he took part in at least 50 games every season, playing a primarily defensive role while making key offensive contributions. In 236 games with the Canadiens, Gilchrist scored 46 goals and 67 assists for a total of 113 points.
Claude Lemieux was selected by the Canadiens 26th overall in the second round of the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. He joined Montreal late in the 1985-86 season, taking part in 10 regular season games. Canadiens fans will always remember the rookie’s playoff performance that spring as he led the Habs with 10 playoff goals including four game-winning goals, notably the overtime winner at the Forum in the Game 7 of the second round, eliminating the Hartford Whalers..
Steven Martinson signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on Aug. 2, 1988 after spending the first season of his NHL career as a member of the Detroit Red Wings. The gritty Martinson played 39 games with the Habs, spilt over two seasons, during which he recorded a goal and 161 penalty minutes.
Mario Roberge signed as a free agent with Montreal on October 5, 1988. He played 5 seasons for the Canadiens and had 7 goals, 7 assists, and 314 PIM in 112 games played.
Ryan Walter played over 1,000 NHL games in his career, spending the majority of his time in a Montreal sweater. Drafted second overall by Washington in 1978, Montreal acquired the rugged forward in a blockbuster trade prior to the 1982-83 season. Over 9 seasons he appeared in 604 games scoring 141 goals and 349 points.
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A pair of puckstoppers on the road to Minnesota, Team Canada, vintage football and soccer ???? Yep............
Will start today's post with 2 goalies who didn't make last one, one taking us to a number of Minnesota connected hockey. That's followed by some Team Canada custom hockey, vintage pigskin creations and our first ever trip to the soccer field. Here we go.....
Couple of varsity creations next, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Shifting now to some Team Canada CTNW cards from back when they didn't get today's coverage !!
Jump ahead 2 decades for next pair....
And 3 Olympics later...........
Jump back in time, and from ice to sod, for some early AFL football.
And one from a slightly new era........
To end this post we present our first efforts on the soccer field...........
Rund van Nistelrooy
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Stay safe in these crazy times !!
Looks like 2020 will end without the NHL in action, that has certainly got me bust with CTNW orders to keep all the hockey fans happy !! Today I'll cleanup some Maple Leaf creations, most of which I did while waiting for main stream cards, and a bunch of goalie creations, hope you enjoy and Merry Xmas to All.
Wregget makes the shift to the goalie list, here are the others.
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Back with another clean-up post that will be all over the place with baseball, basketball, boxing, football, hockey and miscellaneous, something for every body and an option to watching US election results. That's the same as watching grass grow, hard to believe in this day and age how it can be such an ancient process !!
Gary Alexander played from 1975 through 1981 for the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, and Pittsburgh Pirates. In a seven-season major league career, Alexander posted a .230 batting average with 55 home runs and 202 RBI in 432 games played. His best statistical season was in 1978 when he hit 27 home runs and had 84 RBI's, 57 runs, 112 hits and 20 doubles in 148 games played, all career-highs. Alexander caught John Montefusco's no-hitter in 1976. His rookie card was a 1977 Topps 4 in 1 card, client wanted a 1971 Topps Oakland A's custom.
Howie Clark made his Major League Baseball debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 2002 and played at the major league level in parts of six seasons with the Orioles, Blue Jays, and Minnesota Twins.
On April 1, 1959, Jim Maloney signed with the Cincinnati Reds for one of the biggest bonus ever paid to a player, a reported $100,000. Maloney made his major league debut on July 27 against the reigning World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. He pitched seven innings of one-run ball, and was tagged for the loss, but he impressed Dodger skipper Walter Alston. Beginning a season in the starting rotation for the first time in his career in 1963, Maloney established himself as one of the premier pitchers in baseball. He put together the best year of his career and one of the best in Reds history. His rookie card was part of the 1961 Topps set, client wanted a 1962 Topps custom.
Roy McMillan, the 5-foot-11-inch, 164-pound Cincinnati Reds shortstop whose highest season batting average was .272, graced the cover of the September 9, 1957, Sports Illustrated, an honor usually reserved for athletes with names like Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. It was not a fluke. McMillan, in his ten years with the Reds (1951-1960), had earned the reputation of being the best defensive shortstop in the major leagues and the title “Mr. Shortstop.” Finished his career with the Braves, client wanted a 1971 Topps custom.
Rick Rodden had a 16-year major-league career that saw him win 151 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, and Houston Astros. After graduating from high school in 1971, Rhoden was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the amateur draft, and signed with the Dodgers rather than attend college. He made his major-league debut in Montreal on July 5, 1974, in the first game of a doubleheader. Coming on in relief with one out and runners on first and second in the bottom of the fourth inning, Rhoden gave up a two-run single to Bob Bailey before retiring the side. His rookie card was a 1975 Topps 4 in 1 card, client wanted a 1975 Topps rookie custom.
Eddie Solomon started his professional baseball career in 1969 when he was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Beginning in 1973, he played in parts of 11 seasons in the major leagues with the Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago White Sox. He had a 36-42 career record with a 4.00 earned run average. He was released by the White Sox in 1982. His rookie card was a 1975 Topps 4 in 1 card, client wanted a 1975 Topps rookie custom.
Brady Walker was selected in the 1948 BAA Draft by the Providence Steamrollers after a collegiate career at Brigham Young. He played for the Steamrollers, Boston Celtics, and Baltimore Bullets in his four-year BAA/NBA career. He attended B.Y.U. in Provo, Utah for a couple of years, then joined the Military Service (4th Armored Division under General Patton). He was discharged from the Service in 1946 and returned to B.Y.U. where he was named "All American in Basketball". A 6'7" forward, his pro career averages were 7.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 228 regular season games. Client wanted a reprint of his Bread for Health card.
Sal Bartolo (November 5, 1917 – February 19, 2002) was an American boxer and WBA featherweight champion from March 1944 through May 1946. He turned pro in April 1937, shortly after he took the Golden Gloves title, and won four straight bouts in Boston. At the time, Bartolo's title was sanctioned by the National Boxing Association. Client wanted 1948 Leaf boxing custom set created, this is one of them.
Billy Fox, known as "Blackjack", started off his career by winning 37 consecutive fights, all by knockout, before he was knocked out by Gus Lesnevich for the world light heavyweight title. He would rack up 7 more wins, including a win in a bout thrown by Jake LaMotta, fixed by the notorious Frank "Blinky" Palermo, a member of the Philadelphia crime family, who owned Fox under the table. Fox then lost two fights in a row against Red Willis Applegate and Gus Lesnevich, to whom he lost in the first round by a knockout in 1:58 seconds. He would fight 12 more fights, and amass a record of 49 wins (48 by knockout), 9 losses, and 1 draw.
Gerardo González (January 6, 1926 – February 13, 2003), better known in the boxing world as Kid Gavilan, was a World Welterweight Champion from Camagüey, Cuba. His first ten bouts were in Havana, and then he had one in Cienfuegos, but soon returned to Havana for three more wins. After 14 bouts, he left Cuba for his first fight abroad, and he beat Julio César Jimenez by a decision in 10 rounds in his first of three consecutive fights in Mexico City. In 1951 after beating Tommy Ciarlo twice, once in Caracas, Venezuela, and Hairston once again, he finally became a world champion when he beat Johnny Bratton for the world Welterweight title by a decision in 15 on May 18.
Leonard Austen "Len" Harvey (11 July 1907 – 28 November 1976) was a Cornish boxer. A great defensive boxer, he boxed at every weight division available at the time, from flyweight to heavyweight. He became the light-heavyweight and heavyweight champion of the British Empire, and was recognized as world light-heavyweight champion in Britain from 1939–42.
Rocco Francis Marchegiano, better known as Rocky Marciano, was an American professional boxer who competed from 1947 to 1955, and held the world heavyweight title from 1952 to 1956. He is the only heavyweight champion to have finished his career undefeated.
Pascual Nicolás Pérez was an Argentine flyweight boxer who was born in Tupungato in the Mendoza Province of Argentina. He would make history by becoming Argentina's first world boxing champion. He debuted as an amateur in January 1944 and would contest in 125 bouts winning 16 amateur championships, including the gold medal at the 1948 London Olympics. On November 26 of 1954, Pérez fought what was both his first fight abroad outside the Olympics, and his first world title fight. He made history by beating Yoshio Shirai by a fifteen-round decision, becoming Argentina's first world champion boxer, in Tokyo.
Arnold Raymond Cream, best known as Jersey Joe Walcott, was an American professional boxer who competed from 1930 to 1953. He held the world heavyweight title from 1951 to 1952, and broke the record for the oldest man to win the title, at the age of 37.
Ike Williams was a lightweight world boxing champion. He took the World Lightweight Championship in April 1945 and made eight successful defenses of the title against six different fighters prior to losing the championship to Jimmy Carter in 1951. Williams won the NBA World Lightweight Championship before a crowd of 35,000 by a second-round knockout of Juan Zurita in Mexico City on April 18, 1945.
Terry Bradshaw played for 14 seasons with Pittsburgh, won four Super Bowl titles in a six-year period (1974, 1975, 1978, and 1979), becoming the first quarterback to do so, and led the Steelers to eight AFC Central championships. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989, his first year of eligibility. His rookie card was part of 1971 Topps set, client wanted a 1970 Topps custom.
Steve Deberg was a professional quarterback in the NFL for 21 years playing for the San Francisco 49ers (1978–1980), Denver Broncos (1981–1983), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1984–1987, 1992, 1993), Kansas City Chiefs (1988–1991), Miami Dolphins (1993), and Atlanta Falcons (1998). He was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the tenth round (275th overall) of the 1977 NFL draft, but was waived before the start of the season. Client wanted a custom for his time in Miami.
The Buffalo Bills selected Joe Ferguson in the third round of the 1973 NFL Draft. Although he is most famous for playing with the Bills from 1973 to 1984, he also played three seasons for the Detroit Lions, two seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and one final season with the Indianapolis Colts.
Vince Anthony Ferragamo played professionally as a quarterback in the National Football League and the Canadian Football League. He played in the NFL for the Los Angeles Rams (1977–1980, 1982–1984), Buffalo Bills (1985) and Green Bay Packers (1985–1986). He also played for the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL for one season, 1981.
Archie Manning played in the National Football League for 13 seasons, primarily with the New Orleans Saints. He was a member of the Saints from 1971 to 1982 and also had brief stints with the Houston Oilers and Minnesota Vikings. Manning was the second overall pick in the 1971 NFL Draft and played for the New Orleans Saints for ten full seasons. In 1972, he led the league in pass attempts and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1978 and 1979.
Mike Pagel was selected by the Baltimore Colts in the fourth round of the 1982 NFL Draft. A 6'2", 206 lb quarterback from Arizona State, Pagel played in 12 NFL seasons from 1982–1993. After 3 years as a Colt he was traded to Cleveland for the 1986 season and served for the next five years there strictly as a backup. He finished up the last three years of his career with the Los Angeles Rams, never garnering more than mop-up duties.
Joe Pisarcik played in the NFL for eight seasons, from 1977 through 1984, but his first professional team was the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL, where he played from 1974 to 1976. He began his NFL career with the New York Giants and signed with the Eagles in 1980 after the Giants released him, primarily serving as the backup QB. He stayed with the Eagles until retiring after the 1984 season.
Bart Starr played college football at the University of Alabama, and was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 17th round of the 1956 NFL draft, where he played until 1971. Starr is the only quarterback in NFL history to lead a team to three consecutive league championships (1965–1967) and also led his team to victories in the first two Super Bowls. His rookie card was part of the 1957 Topps set, client wanted a 1956 Topps custom.
Marco Baron has made previous posts but new client wanted a custom 1982-83 Topps card.
Ivan Boldirev played fifteen seasons and over 1000 games in the NHL from 1970 through 1985. He was noted during his career as one of the sport's slickest stickhandlers. He was the first choice (11th overall) of the Boston Bruins in the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft after two stellar seasons with the Oshawa Generals in OHA. Boldirev was called up to Boston as a spare body for the 1970 NHL playoffs, but he didn't play a game as Boston romped to their first championship since 1941. However, in a quirk of history, he managed to get his name engraved on the Stanley Cup before he dressed for first his NHL game--the only forward or defensemen ever to do so. His rookie card was part of the 1972-73 OPC & Topps set, client wanted a 1970-71 version.
The next group is part of an ongoing Mike Bossy collection of creations for a client.
Next will be some 1966 Topps Baseball style University of North Dakota hockey, these are part of a larger set created for a proud North Dakota client.
Cary Eades played hockey at North Dakota for four seasons, playing on two UND national championship teams and three WCHA championship teams. He was UND's team captain his senior season and played in 144 games for the Sioux, scoring 85 goals and 79 assists for 164 points. After his college playing career, Eades played professional hockey for two seasons in the St. Louis Blues organization.
Lee Goren won 2 NCAA championships, 3 Western Collegiate Hockey Association championships, and 2 McNaughton Cups. In his senior year led all Division I NCAA players in goals scored (34), was named the MVP of the Frozen Four, and was selected as an All-American. He graduated with honors from the University of North Dakota and was designated as North Dakota’s male athlete of the year. The Boston Bruins drafted him in the 3rd round of the NHL entry draft, 63rd overall. During the seven seasons that followed, he played in the NHL for the Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers, and Vancouver Canucks. In 67 NHL games he scored 5 goals, 4 assists and recorded 44PIM.
Bob Iwabuchi played 2 years varsity at UND after 3 seasons in the AJHL. He was WCHA Goaltender of the Year in 1979-80 leading North Dakota to WCHA and NCAA titles. Played 1 season of pro hockey in 1980-81 with the Baltimore Clippers in the EHL.
Carter Rowney played 4 years varsity at UND after a strong AJHL career. Signed with the AHL Abbotsford Heat following his senior season and had one goal in four games. Spent next 3 1/2 years in minors before making NHL debut with Pittsburgh in 2016-17. Released after 2 seasons and signed as a free agent with Anaheim Ducks, in 204 NHL games to end of 2019-20 season has 20 goals, 31 assists and 34 PIM.
Howard Walker joined UND varsity squad in 1978-79 after a 1977-78 BCJHL season that saw him score 31 goals and 78 points while racking up 223 PIM. Signed as a free agent with Capitals in 1980 and played 2 seasons there before being dealt to Calgary Flames in 1982. Spent most of 1982-83 season in CHL with Colorado Flames and retired at year end, in 83 NHL games had 2 goals, 15 points and 133 PIM.
Ross Brooks played three seasons with the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. He is notable for his NHL debut in 1972-73 at the age of 36, making him one of the oldest rookies in professional hockey history. Turned pro in 1958-59 after 3 years in OHA with the Barrie Flyers. Over next 15 years played for 11 teams in AHL, CHL and EHL and in 1963-64 played on 5 different squads. Won AHL's Hap Holmes Award in 1971-73 as top goaltender. Played a total of 54 games over 3 seasons with Bruins recording a pair of shutouts and a 2.64 GAA.
Bryan Campbell started his hockey career as part of Detroit organization but was claimed by New York in 1966 Intra-League Draft and then by Los Angeles in 1967 Expansion Draft. Made his NHL debut in 1967-68 and had a rookie card as part of the 1969-70 OPC set.
Mike Corrigan was a sniper in junior hockey, had 55 goals in a pair of OHA seasons. As part of original Kings squad he made his NHL debut in 1967-68 but spent the 1968-69 season back in the AHL with Springfield, and then he split time between Springfield and the big club in 1969-70. After that season, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks, only to be dealt right back to the Kings during the 1971-72 season. Corrigan spent the next five seasons with the Kings and scored 152 goals and 347 points with 698 PIM in 594 career regular season NHL games with the Kings, Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins. His best season was in 1972-73 with the Kings when he scored 37 goals and 67 points with 146 PIM in 78 games.
Mario Faubert was a 4th round pick, 62nd overall, by the Penguins in 1974 Amateur Draft and made his NHL debut in 1974-75. His early career was split between the Penguins and the AHL's Hershey Bears. He played his first full season in 1981, and finished the year first among Pittsburgh defenceman in scoring. On November 18, 1981 Faubert suffered a tragic career ending leg injury in a game versus St. Louis. His rookie card was part of the 1978-79 OPC set.
Billy Harris began his NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1955–56 winning 3 straight Stanley Cups in 1962, 1963, and 1964. In total, he played 10 seasons with Toronto before being traded to the Detroit Red Wings on May 20, 1965. After playing 24 games for Detroit in 1965–66 he was sent down to the Red Wings AHL affiliate Pittsburgh Hornets. He spent the entire 1966–67 season in the AHL with Pittsburgh leading the team with 34 goals and helping them win the Calder Cup Championship. The following year the National Hockey League expanded from six teams to twelve and on June 6, 1967 Harris was selected by the Oakland Seals in the expansion draft. During his second season with Oakland he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins and would retire at the conclusion of the 1968–69 NHL season.
Ted Irvine amassed a total of 331 points in 774 games played in his NHL career with the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, and St. Louis Blues between 1963 and 1977. A Boston Bruins prospect, Ted ended the 1963-64 junior season with a trial stint in the pros, including his first game in the NHL. Ted spent the next 3 years in the the CHL, one in Minneapolis and two in Oklahoma City, won two successive CHL championships and in 1965-66 led all playoff scorers in goals. Ted's big NHL break happened on June 6, 1967, the day of the NHL expansion draft, as he was selected by the Los Angeles Kings, and his minor league days were over. His rookie card, as a King, was part of the 1968-69 OPC and Topps sets.
Forbes Kennedy played 603 career NHL games, recorded 70 goals and 178 points with 888 penalty minutes. He led the NHL in penalty minutes during the 1968-69 season. Saw ice time in Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia and Toronto where his final game in the NHL set three separate penalty-related records, all in one playoff game as a Toronto Maple Leaf.
Francois Lacombe spent parts of three seasons in the NHL with the Oakland Seals and Buffalo Sabres before moving to the WHA and playing for the Quebec Nordiques and Calgary Cowboys, also playing briefly for the Nordiques when they joined the NHL. Lacombe played a total of 78 regular season NHL games, scoring two goals and adding 17 assists. He also appeared in 3 playoff games with Oakland in the 1969 Stanley Cup Playoffs, tallying one assist.
Len Ronson, nicknamed The Rifleman for his wicked wrist shot, scored 62 goals one season for the minor-league Fort Wayne Komets. Ronson only skated in 18 NHL games with the New York Rangers and Oakland Seals, but had a long and prolific career in the minor pros. He twice led the old Western Hockey League in goal scoring. Ronson opened the 1960-61 season with the New York Rangers as one of four rookies on the roster and in the Rangers’ first game of the season fired the puck past Don Simmons in the Boston goal. If would be 8 years before he saw NHL ice time again and then only for 5 games.
Ron Schock played for several NHL teams starting with the Boston Bruins then on to the St. Louis Blues. Made his NHL debut as a Bruin in 1963-64 then was dealt to Blues. While in St. Louis he was asked what team he would "least" like to be traded to. He replied the New York Rangers or Pittsburgh Penguins and two days later he was traded to Pittsburgh, such is the hockey world. Spent 8 years as a Penguin before ending his NHL career with Buffalo in 1977-78. His rookie card was part of the 1965-66 Topps set.
Brad Shaw won a Memorial Cup in 1984 with Ottawa 67s and also won OHL's most outstanding defenseman honors. Shaw was originally drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the fifth round, 86th overall, in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft but his rights were traded to the Hartford Whalers. He debuted with the Whalers in the 1985-86 NHL season, appearing in eight games, where he recorded two assists. Played in 6 more seasons as a Whaler followed by 3 as an Ottawa Senator. After spending most of next 5 seasons in minors made his NHL return playing 4 games as a Capital and then 12 as a St. Louis Blue in 1998-99.
Vic Stasiuk ended a 16 year pro career after playing the 1965-66 season with the Memphis Wings in the CHL. After retiring, Stasiuk moved to coaching. He took over the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL for two seasons and later led the same league's Quebec Aces to back-to-back losses in the Calder Cup finals. After coaching the EHL Jersey Devils from 1966-68 he earned a job with the Philadelphia Flyers. His team finished out of the playoffs by a single point in 1969-70, and then were eliminated in the first round of the postseason the next year. Stasiuk was fired after the 1970-71 season; the Flyers offered him a scouting position, but he took a head coaching job three games into the NHL season with the California Golden Seals.
George Swarbrick played 132 National Hockey League games with the Oakland Seals, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Philadelphia Flyers. He was the WHL Rookie-of-the-Year in 1964-65 and had 31 goals in 1966-67 WHL season. Made NHL debut in 1967-68 with Oakland then was dealt to Pittsburgh after 50 games in 1968-69.
Jim Warden played for the Michigan Tech Huskies from 1972 to 1975. In 1974-75 he was a WCHA First All-Star and led the team to the NCAA championship.Warden then played for the United States in the 1975 World Championship and the 1976 Olympics. The California Seals chose him 75th overall in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft while the San Diego Mariners picked him 36th overall in the 1974 WHA Amateur Draft. Warden chose the Seals and played for the Salt Lake Golden Eagles from 1976 to 1978. Never played an NHL game but did get photos in Seals and Barons uniforms.
Joe Watson moved up through the amateur ranks and graduated from the Estevan Bruins (SJHL) in 1963 then signed with the Boston Bruins that same year. He played for Minneapolis Bruins (CHL) the following season, and was tested in 4 games with Boston during the 1964-65 season and registered his first NHL point, but most of the time he played in Minneapolis. During the 1965-66 season Joe was still playing for the Bruins farm team (Oklahoma) in the CHL and posted a fine season where he was selected to the 1st All-Star team. His fine performance won him a job with the Bruins the following season (1965-66) and he did very well appearing in 69 games, scoring 15 points, including 2 goals. His rookie card was part of the 1966-67 Topps set.
Barry Wilkins played in the NHL and the WHA during the 1960s and 1970s and is best known for scoring the first-ever goal for the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL on October 9, 1970. Wilkins was signed by the Boston Bruins as a teenager and came through their junior system. He was recalled from junior to make his NHL debut in 1966–67, playing a single game for the Bruins, and turned pro the following season. He would spend most of the next three seasons with the Oklahoma City Blazers, Boston's top minor-league affiliate. He scored his first NHL goal in his only appearance during the 1968–69 season, and appeared in 6 games for the 1969–70 Bruin team which would ultimately win the Stanley Cup. His rookie card, as a Canuck, was part of the 1971-72 OPC set.
I'll finish the post with a number of custom cards created in the style of the 1985 Old Judge Cigarette cards.
You can buy these creations, or any of my Cards That Never Were, for $10 each including regular shipping, or $7.95 for 3 or more. Email me at: email@example.com, larger orders may get a volume discount.
I'll get back on post with a tough one for a Maple Leaf fan who actually saw them win a Stanley Cup. Coming from a family with a Montreal bias I have always cheered for two teams, my sacred Leafs and whoever was playing Montreal, that includes the Russians on a long ago New Years Eve !! Any way here is a post dedicated to a group of Montreal players whose cards never were.
Born in Winnipeg, this defenceman played on the 1935 Memorial Cup champion Winnipeg Monarchs. He turned pro in 1936 and played 604 games over a 16 year career. He played 214 games in the NHL with the New York Americans, Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Black Hawks. He played 9 games with Montreal in 1944-45 then was a member of the 1946 AHL Calder Cup champion Buffalo Bisons.
Born in Thetford Mines, Quebec on January 12, 1920, Bob Fillion grew up playing hockey. In addition to him, his six brothers also played at a professional or senior level. In 1938 he left Thetford Mines to join the Canadiens’ farm team, the Verdun Maple Leafs, then played seven seasons with the Canadiens between 1943 and 1950, amassing 103 points (42 goals, 61 assists) in 327 regular season games, and won two Stanley Cups in 1944 and 1946.
Rosario Joanette came to the Canadiens on loan from the Quebec Professional Hockey League’s Valleyfield Braves on Dec. 27, 1944 and then again on Mar. 10, 1945, representing his only two games with the club. He recorded one assist as well as four minutes of penalty time.
Vern was traded to Montreal by Springfield of the AHL for Charles Gagnon and future considerations on April 18, 1950. The Preston, Ontario native made the Montreal Canadiens roster for most of the 1950-51 season and scored 7 goals and 5 assists for 12 points in his 50 game stay with the Canadiens.
Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Frank King’s rights were sold to the Canadiens by the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Barons on Apr. 12, 1950. In his only stint in the NHL, King played a total of 10 games with the Habs during the team’s 1950-51 campaign, scoring one goal and amassing two penalty minutes.
Defenseman and Montreal, Quebec native Ernest Laforce came to the Canadiens on loan from the Quebec Senior Hockey League’s Montreal Royals on Mar. 4, 1943. He played one game with the Habs in 1942-43, scoring no points.
One of a very few NHLers to wear eyeglasses while playing, this 6-foot-2 defenseman broke in with the Rangers in 1945-46 and came to Montreal in the trade that sent Buddy O’Connor and Frank Eddols to the Big Apple. Laycoe split the season between the AHL Buffalo Bisons and the big club, making 14 NHL appearances in 1947-48. Would play 3 more seasons in Montreal before being traded to Boston towards the end of the 1950-51 campaign and spent the next five seasons patrolling the Bruins’ blue line.
In an era when defensemen rarely powered the attack, Roger Léger, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound blue-liner, was always an offensive threat. A high-scoring junior player, he had his first taste of NHL action with the New York Rangers, playing a handful of games in the 1943-44 season. Leger made his way to Montreal in time for the 1946-47 season and, seeing action in 49 games, the 27-year-old proved he belonged in the NHL. Over 4 seasons and 180 games he notched 17 goals and 68 points.
Born in Winnipeg, Doug Lewis had a 10 year pro career that included a 3 game stop, his only NHL appearances, with the Habs in 1946-47. Failed to make the scorecard despite notching 20 or more goals 3 times in AHL.
Jacques joined the Canadiens for 1947-48 after playing senior hockey with the Montreal Royals the prior year. Saw action in 56 games scoring 7 goals and 15 points but would only play 3 games the next year. Spent 11 more seasons in minor pro ranks before retiring after the 1959-60 AHL season.
Hailing from Fort William, Ontario, center and right-wiger Murdo Mackay played a total of 34 career NHL games, all with the Canadiens, spread out over four seasons, as well as 15 more in the playoffs. He notably helped the Habs reach the Stanley Cup Finals during their 1946-47 campaign.
Signed as a free agent by Montreal, October 28, 1943 and played 56 games in the NHL, all with the Canadiens. He won the Stanley Cup in 1944 with them before returning to the QSHL.
Hailing from Big River, Saskatchewan center and right-winger Hubert Macey made his NHL debut as a member of the New York Rangers. After two seasons with the organization, he was traded to the Canadiens on Jan. 12, 1944 along with Nestor Lubeck and Spence Tatchell in exchange for Kilby MacDonald. He played 19 games with the Habs – his last in the NHL – during their 1946-47 campaign, recording one assist.
Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, defenseman Tom Manastersky signed a contract with the Canadiens on Dec. 18, 1950. He played his only six games in the NHL with the Habs during their 1950-51 campaign, recording no points.
Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Sidney McNabney came to the Canadiens on loan from the AHL’s Buffalo Bisons on Mar. 26, 1951. He played five games with the Habs during the 1951 playoffs, recording one assist and two penalty minutes. Following his short stint with the Canadiens, McNabney finished his career in the minors.
Right-winger and Antiginish, Nova-Scotia native Irving McGibbon signed with the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 16, 1941. He played only one game with the Blue-Blanc-Rouge in 1942-43 during which he received two penalty minutes.
Originally from Stony Mountain, Manitoba, center William Meronek signed a contract with the Canadiens on Feb. 1, 1940. He enjoyed two separate stints with the Montreal organization, playing a total of 20 games for the team, recording five goals and eight assists in the process.
Pete Morin signed a contract with the Canadiens on Nov. 28, 1941. During his only season in the NHL, Morin formed a line with Buddy O’Connor and Gerry Heffernan that was nicknamed the “Razzle Dazzle Line”. In 32 games, he recorded 10 goals and 12 assists. The following year, he returned to play for the Quebec Hockey League’s Montreal Royals.
According to conventional wisdom, 5-foot-7, 142-pound Herbert “Buddy” O’Connor was too small to play in the rough-and-tumble NHL. The Montreal native proved the experts wrong, playing six stellar seasons with the Canadiens to begin his Hall of Fame career. In his first three seasons with the Canadiens, the newcomer accumulated over 100 assists but knew how to light the lamp too, regularly hitting double figures. In 1944-45, he scored 21 times, his best season in a Habs uniform. He was dealt to the New York Rangers after the 1946-47 campaign and there earned both the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player, as well as the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship combined with superior play.
Originally from Semans, Saskatchewan, James O’Neill made his NHL debut with the Bruins in 1931-32 and went on to play four seasons with the Boston squad. He was traded to the Canadiens by the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Barons on May 17, 1940 in exchange for Bill Summerhill and Bill MacKenzie. Over the course of the following two seasons O’Neill played 19 games for the Habs during which he recorded four assists before going on to continue his career in the American League.
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, left-winger George Parteger was traded to the Canadiens by the American Hockey League’s Springfield Indians on Nov. 15, 1946 in exchange for John Quilty. He played four games with the Habs in his only stint in the NHL, during their 1946-47 campaign, recording no points. Pargeter was loaned to the Buffalo Bisons on Nov. 27, 1946.
Claimed by Montreal from Buffalo (AHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 14, 1945 Jim Peters already had 2 Stanley Cup wins in Detroit. Added another with Canadiens in 1946 and over 3 seasons and 120 games had 23 goals and 58 points. Dealt to Boston in 1947 and spent another 8 years in NHL with Bruins, Red Wings and Blackhawks.
Gerry Plamondon played 74 games in the National Hockey League, all with the Canadiens, between 1945 and 1951. He had seven goals and 20 points, plus five goals and seven points in 11 career playoff games. In 1945-46 he played the final six games of the regular season with the Canadiens and became a Stanley Cup champ as the Habs swept Chicago 4-0 in the semifinals and beat Boston 4-1 in the final.
Jack Portland was best known for playing with the Boston Bruins, alongside defensive linemate Eddie Shore. He also had two stints with the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks. All told he played 381 NHL games, and 33 more in the playoffs, scoring 15 goals and 71 points in regular season and1 goal and 4 points in the playoffs.
Loaned to Montreal by Boston for the loan of Paul Gauthier's NHL rights, November 5, 1941 Tery Reardon played junior with the Brandon Wheat Kings and won the MJHL scoring title in 1938. He had a six year NHL career winning the Stanley Cup with Boston Bruins in 1941. Played 46 ganes with Habs over 2 years scoring 23 goals and 46 points.
Howard "Rip" Riopelle
A strong two-way player, Riopelle spent two seasons with the Montreal Royals, playing in front of Forum fans. In 1946-47, the team won the Allan Cup and a half dozen players from the championship team took their first strides on NHL ice with the Habs the following year. Making the most of his offensive chances, Riopelle increased his scoring totals annually. From a five-goal freshman campaign in 1947-48, he doubled to 10 as a sophomore and then potted an even dozen in 1949-50, his final NHL campaign.
Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, left-winger Claude Robert was playing for the Canadiens’ farm team, the American Hockey League’s Cincinnati Mohawks, when he was called up to the NHL in 1950-51. In his only stint with the Habs, he played 23 games with the team, during the course of which he recorded one goal.
George Robertson was traded to the Canadiens by the New York Rangers on Aug. 19, 1947, along with Hal Laycoe and Joe Bell in exchange for Buddy O’Connor and Frank Eddols. He made his NHL debut, playing one game with the Habs during their 1947-48 campaign. The following season Robertson suited up for another 30 games with the team, recording two goals and five assists. He continued his career in the Minors until 1955-56.
Alex Smart signed a contract with the Canadiens on Feb. 1, 1943. He played eight games with the Habs in the 1942-43 season. He scored five goals and added two assists during that, his only stint in the NHL. On Jan. 14, 1943, Smart made NHL history as the only player to have ever scored a hat trick in his first game in the League.
Originally from Basswood, Manitoba, Stuart Smith signed a contract with the Canadiens on Mar. 4, 1940. Between 1940 and 1942, he played five games for the Habs during which he scored two goals and added two assists.
Originally from Minnedosa, Manitoba, Francis Stahan came to the Canadiens on loan from the Quebec Senior Hockey League’s Montreal Royals on Mar. 22, 1945 to help the Habs out during their 1944-45 playoff run. Over the course of the three games he played in a Canadiens jersey against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Stahan posted an assist and was assessed two penalty minutes.
Nils Tremblay was signed as a free agent by Montreal, November 14, 1944. In his debut game with the Canadiens, Tremblay recorded his first and only point with the team, an assist. Tremblay would later be recalled one more time with the Canadiens during the 1945-46 season but would be held scoreless over two games.
Louis Trudel was traded to Montreal by Chicago for Joffre Desilets on August 26, 1938. He was born in Massachusetts to Canadian parents and moved to Edmonton, Alberta where he played junior hockey. Trudel played 305 games in the NHL with the Canadiens and Black Hawks and won two Stanley Cups with Chicago in 1934 and 1938.
Hailing from Ottawa, Ontario, Cornell Tudin signed a contract with the Canadiens on Feb. 25, 1941. During his only stint in the NHL, Tudin played four games with the Habs during their 1941-42 campaign, recording a single assist.
Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, right-winger Robert Walton signed a contract with the Canadiens on Feb. 2, 1942. He played his only four games in the NHL with the Habs during their 1943-44 campaign, recording no points.
Scrappy and competitive, Phil Watson spent all but one of his 13 NHL campaigns with New York winning a Stanley Cup there in 1940. The single season he did not call Madison Square Garden home was spent with the Canadiens in 1943-44. The fiery Watson chipped in 49 of them, notching 17 goals, his best total to date. He also spent 61 minutes in the penalty box, third-highest among Habs players that season. A reliable performer once the playoffs got underway, Watson continued to give everything he had on every shift. He picked up eight points in the nine games, leading the Canadiens to a Stanley Cup Championship in 1944, tying for the team lead with 16 penalty minutes in the postseason. The 1944 playoffs proved to be Watson’s final postseason appearance as a player. He returned to the Rangers and hung up his skates following the 1947-48 season to join the coaching ranks.
Born in Arlington, Massachusetts, U.S.A., goaltender Donald Aiken was loaned to the Canadiens by the Boston Bruins for one game to replace the injured Jacques Plante in the second period of their March 13, 1958 tilt. In 34 minutes of ice time, Aiken let in six goals as the Canadiens fell to the Bruins 7-3 at the Boston Garden.
John Bownass signed a contract with the Canadiens on Oct. 21, 1951. He returned to the team in 1957-58 after having been loaned to the Seattle Americans in November of 1957, and played four games with the Habs, recording one assist. He was claimed by the American Hockey League’s Buffalo Bisons from the Quebec Hockey League’s Montreal Royals as part of the inter-league draft on Jun. 3, 1958.
Originally from Montreal, Quebec, defenseman and left-winger Reg Fleming made his NHL debut with the Canadiens, playing three games with them during their 1959-60 campaign. He was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on Jun. 7, 1960 and went on to play 11 seasons in the NHL, winning the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 1962 while also hitting the ice for the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres during his time in the NHL.
Rogie Vachon turned pro with the Central Professional Hockey League’s Houston Apollos in 1966-67. He appeared in 34 games before being called up to the big club towards the end of the season. Vachon played 19 games between the pipes, winning 11 and tying four others. The 5-foot-8, 160-pound rookie was chosen to backstop the Canadiens during the playoffs. With Vachon playing nine of the 10 postseason games, Montreal swept New York in the semifinals and extended Toronto to six games before falling to the Maple Leafs.
Selected by Boston in the 1964 Amateur Draft, Dryden was traded to Montreal shortly thereafter, making his debut with the Habs in the final days of the 1970-71 season. Dryden, who had played six games for the club heading into the playoffs, was tapped as the starter in goal for the Habs in the postseason. The team’s first round opponent was the Boston Bruins, the defending Stanley Cup Champions and the most feared-team in the league. Seven games later, the Bruins were on the outside looking in as the Canadiens went on to become the Cinderella team of 1971, riding the 6-foot-4, 205-pound goalie’s back all the way to an unexpected Stanley Cup title.
Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Michel Plasse was selected by the Canadiens as the first-overall pick in the 1968 NHL Entry Draft. His rights were sold to St. Louis on Dec. 11, 1970, and he would go on to make his debut with the Blues on Mar. 30, 1971 against the L.A. Kings. The Blues sold his rights back to the Montreal organization on Aug. 23, 1971. Backing up Ken Dryden for the Canadiens 1972-73 campaign, he took part in 17 games and finished by winning the Stanley Cup with the team that season.
Watching the Maple Leafs blow a 3 goal 3rd period lead sure isn't a cure !!! Hard to believe I haven't posted since June and a week of August is now gone. This will be a mish-mash of whatever I have available in already downloaded creations, hope your playoff hopes are brighter than mine and enjoy. I'll start with some football, 2010 Topps Magic style Steelers creations and some other miscellaneous gridiron cards.
Moving on to hockey requests in alphabetical order.
Multi sport posting this time, from baseball to wrestling with football and hockey thrown in, no bio's just front and reverse pics, enjoy. Starting with a batch of custom 1975 Topps L.A. Dodgers, created for Dave Chioma, and a single Giants.
Ivan De Jesus
Next up is a group of 2019 Score Cleveland Browns created for John Shelton.
Whole gambit of hockey, will start with a batch of Mike Bossy customs created for his top fan Justin Kennedy.
Hockey that follows is all over the map, here they are in alphabetical order.
Gordie Bell - 1959 Team Canada
Couple of custom Bobby Orr's next, one strange one with him in a North Stars uniform !!
End up tonight with a batch of 18 wrestlers, 9 WCW stars and 9 WWF stars that are on the way to Finland.
Nature Boy Ric Flair
Adorable Adrian Adonis
Superstar Billy Graham
Bret The Hitman Hart
Honky Tonk Man
Rick The Model Martel
Randy Macho Man Savage
I am a lifelong Maple Leaf fan, now retired, who started creating custom cards for myself of Toronto players who never had a card issued in the Maple Leaf uniform. From posting some of these on eBay it has become the proverbial "snowball down hill" !!!