Montreal Canadiens

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)

Phillip Danault

HC0006As always, I’m always happy to get returns in the mail and this return is no different. I’m not too familiar with Phillip Danault of the Montreal Canadiens other than the fact that… well he plays for the Montreal Canadiens. I do recall him being drafted by the Blackhawks in Danault’s NHL entry draft year and that he had played a few season in the AHL with the Rockford Ice Hogs.

This isn’t the first time I’ve gotten his autograph through the mail or even a certified version of his hockey card but it is the first time I’ve gotten it while he’s been in the NHL.  The blue sharpie that he signed with is a little hard to read (black would’ve been equally as difficult to see in my opinion) but still thankful nonetheless.  The one big difference I do see is the change in autograph as in the previous autos I’ve gotten before, it’s a nice full name opposed to a quick, couple letters of his name.

For this reason, I’m so happy that Upper Deck is bringing the CHL cards back into circulation after Leaf had stopped producing base cards for them.  I find that getting autographs from prospects are so much more exciting and rewarding!


Tomas Plekanec

HC0013 A nice return from one of hockey’s stars, Tomas Plekanec, assistant captain of the Montreal Canadiens. Like many Canadian teams, the Canadiens are one of my favorites to send fan mail to, to get autographs in return. They continue to be one of the most consistent signers, where even Carey Price and Shea Weber will return mail in a reasonable time.

Tomas was drafted in the 2001 NHL entry draft, 71st overall, in a round which brought fellow all-star Patrick Sharp.  Of that draft, Tomas has done his fair share of exceeding expectations, gathering almost 600 points in the process and being 7th overall in points.

I recall meeting Tomas during the outdoor game in Calgary, where he graciously signed for me – even as he was already walking away.  It’s moments like these where taking just a few extra seconds to sign something for a fan can mean the difference between a lifetime fan or a disgruntled one.  I’m glad he chose the former as I’ll always remember that.




Michael Cammalleri

Date sent: January 19, 2011
Date received: July 27, 2012
Total time: 555 days
Total players responses: 502
Total 2012 responses: 105

Wow, this has to be one of the longer returns I’ve had.  This was a nice return from Mike Cammalleri, the former and current member of the Calgary Flames.  He had played for a season with the Flames, back in the 08-09 season, then returned four years later in a trade for Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland and a 2nd round draft pick.  Best of luck Mike!

Carey Price

Date sent: January 21st, 2012
Date received: February 27th, 2012
Total time: 37 days
Total players responses: 428
Total 2012 responses: 31

A nice autograph from Habs’ netminder Carey Price.  A great goalie, on an okay team, but obviously they didn’t do so well this year.  Carey is an elite goaltender and will help lead the team into the post season.  I’ve gotten Carey’s autograph before, and he’s been really nice through in person and TTM, being a very consistent signer.  Thanks Carey!

Saku Koivu

Received IP: February 26th, 2012
Total players responses: 419
Total 2012 responses: 22

Going along with the Ducks theme, I present you Saku Koivu.  Saku was a long time Montreal Canadien, captaining the team for nine season, but never leading the team to a Stanley Cup.  Now he obviously plays for the Ducks, playing in a secondary role, most likely for his experience and leadership on a young Ducks squad.  Thanks for the signing of the card Saku!

Brian Gionta

Date sent: January 21st, 2012
Date received: February 16th, 2012
Total time: 26 days
Total players responses: 411
Total 2012 responses: 14

Seems like we’re doing a flashback here as this is another return from Brian Gionta!  Brian, along side the Montreal Canadiens in general, have been excellent signers.  Brian is the current captain of this historic franchise, but currently have failed in leading his team into the post season.  This is his third year with the Canadiens.  Thanks Brian!