Chicago Blackhawks

Corey Crawford

HC0001Today’s blog post brings us to Chicago, where we have goaltender Corey Crawford returning some mail to me. Likely by the time this post is published, the trade deadline will be over and we’ll know if Corey has been traded to another team. There currently are trade rumors being circulated, with the thought that Corey may not fit within the Blackhawks’ long term plans.

As tough of a pill that is to swallow, it’s hard to imagine trading the 2x Stanley Cup champion although in the game of hockey, well… more like the business of the NHL, it’s a “what have you done for me lately” type of scenario. We see this all too often where players are cast away as they have a few bad seasons. It’s totally understandable as we all have jobs and businesses are always forward looking.

In addition to trade rumors, Corey has the injury bug and could be shut down for the season if the Hawks don’t turn things around quickly.

Let’s relive better.. uh times.. when he was slightly intoxicated delivering his Stanley Cup speech.


Al Secord

Date sent: May 23rd, 2011
Date received: April 17th, 2012
Total time: 330 days
Total players responses: 449
Total 2012 responses: 52

I’m actually really liking Al Secord’s autograph.  His printing as well as his signature is probably one of the best I’ve seen as long as I’ve been getting TTMs.  I do think that players now a days get so many requests that they’re almost forced to limit the amount of characters in their autograph for times’ sake.  Regardless I’m super stoked about this autograph, it turned out quite nicely!

Dirk Graham

Date sent: January 26th, 2011
Date received: January 26th, 2012
Total time: 365 days
Total players responses: 404
Total 2012 responses: 7

A one year response from old timer Dirk Graham.  Dirk only played for two teams during his 16 year career in the pros.  He was initially drafted by Vancouver in the 1979 entry draft, going 89th overall, but was picked up by Minnesota as a free agent.  Dirk gracefully signed 4 cards for me, all in Hawks uniforms.  Thank you Dirk!

Bobby Hull

Date sent: October 3rd, 2011
Date received: January 26th, 2012
Total time: 115 days
Total players responses: 401
Total 2012 responses: 4

Really? Nothing needs to be said about one of the greats of the game, Bobby Hull.  Wicked shot, super quick and was able to produce a pretty good son!  Super stoked to have received this return from Bobby Hull!

Patrick Sharp

Date sent: March 10th, 2011
Date received: October 20th, 2011
Total time: 224 days
Total players responses: 341
Total 2011 responses: 336

Another good return from Chicago Blackhawker Patrick Sharp.  Playing on the second line with Kane, he’s been a very productive scorer.  Slowly increasing his point production every year he’s been in Chicago, he’ll have another good year as long as he isn’t injured.  He recently signed a long term deal with the Hawks, although I don’t ever see this guy being less than a 70 point player again.

Brent Seabrook

Date sent: December 23rd, 2010
Date received: October 19th, 2011
Total time: 300 days
Total players responses: 340
Total 2011 responses: 335

ZOMG! I didn’t think I was getting a return from Brent Seabrook, as I’ve seen returns on message boards/forums with shorter returns.  Regardless, I was happy to get a return from him as he’s an all-star defenseman, born in BC!  Although super slim, I’d love to see him a Canucks uniform, as I like it when players end up playing for the cities that they were born closest to.  He’d definitely be a hometown hero.

Jeremy Roenick

Date sent: January 15th, 2011
Date received: August 31st, 2011
Total time: 228 days
Total players responses: 300
Total 2011 responses: 295

Good Ol’ JR is my 300th autograph!  Jeremy was a very colorful, outspoken type of player and was always willing to speak his mind.  My favorite moments were a) when he got hit in the face, and he threw water bottles out on the ice and berated the officials after the game to the media and b) starting to bad mouth Patrick Roy, only to have Roy reply about plugging his ears with his Stanley Cup rings.  Who doesn’t remember these moments?!