Daniel Briere

HC0008I was so impressed that Daniel Briere, NHL All-star, signed these back for me. Daniel is your prototypical, diminutive NHL player who has not a lot of size but a lot of heart and skill. Daniel was drafted in ’96 to the then Pheonix Coyotes where definitely be a top 10 player if the NHL were ever to do a redraft of that entry year.

Daniel started his NHL career, piling up 22 points in 64 games in his rookie year with the Yotes where he shared some time with the Springfield Falcons, the AHL team at the time. It wasn’t until the 2001/02 NHL season where Daniel would come back into the NHL to see some more significant time with the team and that is where he would flourish putting up 60 points in 78 regular season games. From then on, Daniel would play a remaining season with the Coyotes before being traded to Buffalo in exchange for Chris Gratton and a fourth round pick in 2004.

With Buffalo, he would rack up 230 points over five years with the team (one which included the lockout season). This was his most productive years of his life as he would not see point totals in which he earned in Buffalo.

Philadelphia, Montreal and Colorado were additional stops until he finally retired in 2015 at the age of 38.


Larry Robinson

HC0015.jpgSo, so, so happy with the return on this hockey legend, Larry Robinson who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995. The list of Larry’s accomplishments is what earned his right to be nominated and accepted into this very distinguished list.

It’s pretty impressive to see how many points he put him with one team, the Montreal Canadiens.  This very team was the one that drafted Larry into the NHL at 20th overall in the 1971 entry draft and only one of three hall of famers to have been drafted that year (the other two were first and second overall, Guy Lafleur and Marcel Dionne).

Official Awards:

  • Conn Smythe Trophy(1978)
  • First All-Star Team Defense(1977, 1979, 1980)
  • James Norris Memorial Trophy(1977, 1980)
  • Second All-Star Team Defense(1978, 1981, 1986)
  • Stanley Cup Champion(1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1986, 2000 – as a coach)
  • Named to NHL’s 100 greatest players list
  • HHOF (1995)
  • NHL Plus / Minus Career Leader(+703)

Guillaume Latendresse


I got this really nice jersey card back from Guillaume Latendresse, signed in a great black sharpie that showed up really awesome!  He grew up in the province of Quebec City, where he had put up great numbers in the Q, amassing 20+ goals in each of his 3 season with the Drummondville Voltigeurs where he was initially drafted 2nd overall, just after Sidney Crosby went to Rimoski.  As of 2017, Guillaume’s number was retired by the team for his successes on (and presumably) off the ice.

He was fortunately drafted by the Montreal Canadiens, which I assume was exciting in itself to be able to stay close to home and being drafted by his home province team.  Unaware of the significance, he was given the number 84 which was the last number to have not been worn in the NHL during a regular season game.  Through his career, you could argue that it was largely unsuccessful but making it into the NHL in itself was a major feat.  In 341 games, he notched 87 goals and had 60 helpers where he finally decided to retire due to lack of interest in his abilities.

Guillaume now works as a Montreal Canadiens sports analyst for Le Reseau Des Sports.


Callum Booth

HC0013Without having done much research on Callum Booth, all I can tell you about him is that he’s a young goaltender drafted in the 4th round by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2015.  While he hasn’t had any NHL experience up to this date, he’s still making headway as he was awarded with a new contract, three years as of 2017.

Ron Francis, the GM of the team, announced the following on Callums’ development – stating that Callum “has continued to progress in his development and is one of the top goaltenders in the Quebec League … He has an opportunity to play an important role in our organization’s future between the pipes.”.

Based of Hockey’s Future’s website on Callum’s talent analysis brings up the following description:

Talent Analysis

Booth is your protypical 21st century goalie: big, fast and athletic. So it’s fitting that he was talked into going the major junior route instead of college by the poster child for today’s school of goaltending, former Remparts coach and Hockey Hall of Famer Patrick Roy. Booth has shown he is capable of handling a starter’s workload, but he needs to polish parts of his game (rebound control and puckhandling are most noticeable) to improve.

Keegan Lowe

HC0011.jpgAnother Lowe in the NHL and this blog belongs to Keegan! As you may have already guessed, Keegan Lowe is long time Oiler, Kevin Lowe. While he was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2011, he never really gained any traction with the organization and eventually was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Philip Samuelsson, who also is the son of a former NHL star, Ulf.

Today, Keegan plays for the Bakersfield Condors under the Edmonton Oilers organization. It’d be great if Keegan can carry on the Lowe legacy in Edmonton, helping the Oilers to the teams’ next Stanley Cup. Clearly, this year, it won’t be happening as the Oilers are in range of a Top 5 NHL draft pick.

I sent this card to Keegan c/o the Bakersfield Condors in which he signed very quickly, only within 46 days. It is great that NHL players are more willing to sign autographs, even when they do not have to. It definitely helps bring more fans to get engaged, have a chance to make that connection with a player and show their appreciation through fan mail.

Garth Butcher

HC0010Former Vancouver Canuck, Garth Butcher was a “tough as nails” retired NHL hockey player. He played an aggressive style which earned him a reputation of a “needler” for the ability to goad players into taking penalties. Garth’s claim to fame could be the fact that his style of play resulted in a trade, with Garth being a corner piece to a deal with the St.Louis Blues. The trade may have been one of the most lopsided trades in Blue’s history, which saw Geoff Courtnall, Cliff Ronning, Sergio Momesso, Robert Dirk and a 5th round pick for Dan Quinn and Garth Butcher. A few years later, in 1994, many of these players in the trade would go on to help the Canucks advance to the cup finals versus the New York Rangers. As we all know, the Canucks lost the finals in 7 games whereas Butcher and the Blues lost in the 2nd round of the 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs, after being ranked 1st in the regular season standings. The analysis on the trade and the failed playoff attempt suggested that the depth lost from the trade eventually cost the team a 2nd round win.

Garth eventually went on to retire at the age of 32, after moving from the Canucks to St.Louis then to Quebec and finally landing in Toronto.


Corban Knight

HC0004Hailing from Oliver, British Columbia, Corban Knight is the next highlighted hockey player return I got this year. While I believe Corban is carving himself out to be a depth player in the NHL or an AHL top player and has minimal success up to this point with the Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers and Philadelphia Flyers. In 29 careers games in the NHL, he’s had a total of 8 points, 7 of which have come with the Florida Panthers.

I’m hoping that Corban will be successful in the future as I’ve always appreciated BC born hockey players trying to make the NHL.  Gotta always give support to those who are trying to make their dreams come true!

A nice bio on Hockey Night in Canada on Corban Knight: