Colorado Avalanche

Milan Hejduk

HC0007Date sent: September 5, 2017
Date received: October 11, 2017
Total time: 36 days
Total players responses: 556
Total 2017 responses: 15

To coincide with the previous post regarding Joe Sakic, Milan Hejduk played a significant role in the success for Colorado winning a second cup, this time during the 2000/2001 NHL season.  He was originally drafted in the 1994 NHL entry draft and eventually played for Colorado five season later.

Similarly to Joe, Milan played his entire NHL season with one team which makes him only one of 108 players.  Curious to know who makes the list, check out the list I found on Wikipedia.

I think that similar to many players who play for one team (see: Sedins), both the player and team are challenged with some unusual circumstances.  Most notably, how can a team trade a well known (former?) superstar that has serviced them for so many years which some may seem unloyal to the fans.  I personally love seeing players play only for one franchise but understand it is a business at the end of the day.  From a player point of view, I can only imagine how tough it can be to request a trade or sign on as a free agent with another team after you’ve given all your blood, sweat and tears to win a Stanley Cup for the team that drafted you.

 

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Joe Sakic

HC0003 Date sent: September 15, 2017
Date received: October 13, 2017
Total time: 28 days
Total players responses: 555
Total 2017 responses: 14

What an awesome return from HHOF player Joe Sakic in just under a month.  This card, without the signature is a black and white semi-glossy card and looks amazing but with the blue sharpie absolutely makes the autograph standout.

“Burnaby Joe” Sakic is a legend and had played his full 21 year career with the same organization, which so few players can say they have actually accomplished.  He was drafted in 15th overall in the 1987 NHL draft by the Quebec Nordiques, which by 1995 featured players such as Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote, which would eventually become the core of the Stanley Cup winning Colorado Avalanche.

One of my favourite memories of Joe was from the Olympics back in 2002 where he sealed the gold medal with his 2nd goal of the game.

 

If you ever were able to watch Joe during his playing career, you knew he was absolutely deadly with his wrist shot.  It was quick and deceptive which makes it so hard to judge where he was going to shoot.  I’m glad to have grown up watching hockey in the 90s until now as I was able to watch Joe accomplish so much and give equally as much back to hockey.

Do you have a favorite Joe Sakic moment?

Brandon Yip

scan0032 by hockeyttmDate received: May 31, 2012
Total players responses: 541
Total 2012 responses: 144

So much for trying to stay consistent with my blog posts! This here is my Brandon Yip autographed 10/11 Contenders card, which I believe I picked up back in 2012 through ebay. Brandon obviously is one of only a handful of Asians currently playing in the NHL, and will hopefully help pave the way for other ethnic groups hoping to make it to the big leagues.

Joe Sakic

Date sent: June 2nd, 2011

Date received: July 7th, 2011
Total time: 35 days
Total players responses: 267
Total 2011 responses: 262

A nice auto by Burnaby Joe himself!  It’s my first return of the SP Authentics cards, which I’m really happy about.  It has turned out really nice and I’m glad he signed it in a sweet blue sharpie.  Joe Sakic is up for honors at the Hockey Hall of Fame next season (I believe), so I’m sure he’ll get it!  Thanks big Joe!

Paul Stastny

Received: June 10th, 2011
Total players responses: 247
Total 2011 responses: 242

Next up is Paul Stastny!  This was quite a surprise to pull out as this is a serialized 31/100 card which is signed and has a auto patch.  The way the scanner scanned the card, it looks a tad greenish, but the green is a holographic type material.  Paul is a player whom plays for the Colorado Avalanche and has family ties to the NHL as his father, Peter, played in the NHL as well.

Milan Hejduk

Date sent: January 26th, 2011
Date received: May 16th, 2011
Total time: 110 days
Total players responses: 224
Total 2011 responses: 219

Milan Hejduk is the alternate captain for the Colorado Avalanche.  He was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques, but has played for the Quebec/Colorado franchise his entire career.  This past season, Milan had decided that he will extend his contract for 1 year, which will see him play through the 11/12 season in the NHL.  Great job Milan!