Team Canada

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.


Vincent Damphousse

HC0002A really nice autograph from Vincent Damphousse where he clearly has perfected signing his last name.  He probably saves a lot of time not fully signing out the entirety of his last name – which isn’t so great for us fans that would love a nice signature.  Regardless, I’m thankful to add this to my collection.

Vincent was drafted in the 1986 NHL entry draft and was selected by the Maple Leafs, 6th overall.  Arguably, Vincent would easily go top 5 in an NHL redraft of that season with Brian Leetch likely going 1st overall as the only HHOF inductee of the year.  Vincent was only one of nine NHL players to be an NHL all star.

Check out the link here which even goes as far as calling the 6th overall pick, the steal of the 1986 NHL entry draft.

See below, one of Vincent’s four NHL all star game appearances where he coincidentally scored, 4 goals.


Wendel Clark

HC0016One of the toughest competitors in the game, Wendel Clark signed my Team Canada Upper Deck hockey card.  This particular card was from the more recent, Canadian Tire set that was released only within Canada.

As written above, Wendel Clark was a feared warrior for his fighting abilities.  I never paid much attention to him as I do now to how hockey players play but from what I do read, he didn’t back down very easily.  In his career, he represented Team Canada on the International stage but also the Toronto Maple Leafs, Quebec Nordiques, Tampa Bay Lightning, NY Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks.  He only played no more than a season for any other team that was not the Toronto Maple Leafs, which most of us associate Wendel with.  It’s no surprise he continued to come back to the Leafs as he was originally drafted 1st overall in the 1985 NHL entry draft.

Here is a 10 min video on Wendel’s fighting highlights


Jillian Saulnier

HCI got a great return from Women’s Ice Hockey Olympian, Jillian Saulnier in just over two months. I sent this to the Calgary Inferno, where she plays with the team in the CWHL.

I really wish there were a few more games of the CWHL on TV but it just seems like it would be a hard draw to compete vs the NHL & few junior team games that are on TV (oh, and other sports obviously!). It would definitely give much more exposure to the game of hockey for girls and grow it at a grass roots level.

I personally, don’t know much about Jillian when I was writing to her but am impressed at how much she has accomplished in her short but young career. She’s already helped Canada win gold in 2010 at the World Championships and is now representing Canada in the Olympics this year in Peyongchang, Korea. No doubt, her and the rest of Team Canada are slated to be the favorites, along with Team USA as it is in most tournaments.

Good luck in the Olympians, to all the Canadians representing Canada!


Hayley Wickenheiser

Scan0001 Probably the most celebrated, most well known female Canadian hockey player on the planet. Not only has she literally won gold in every single Olympic game she has participated in but was one of the first two women to be featured in an EA Sports NHL video game, NHL 13. She has tremendous passion for both the game of hockey, being an ambassador for the game and using her star power for charity work. An absolute role model to kids and adults of the game, Hayley continues to help promote the game having retired just last year.

I managed to snag this autograph from a private address that Hayley resides in.  Thankfully she returns fan mail, which I’m sure she receives mounds of year after year.   This wasn’t the first time I managed to get an autograph in the mail from Hayley, I got her back in 2011 when I was first starting out


Josh Morrisey

HC0004Josh Morrisey of the Winnipeg Jets signed this nice Team Canada hockey card for me. I sent a letter to the Winnipeg Jets this year and got a return back in 122 days. Based off a number of my previous blog posts, I’d have to say that Winnipeg is tops when it comes to players returning fan mail. Is it because there is a lack of interest in Winnipeg players? Doubt it. Maybe it’s a culture of trying to attract fans to the team with players being accommodating, which I hope continues for many years.

Josh is at the tops of the prospects (if you can still call him that) of the Jets’ depth chart when it comes to defensemen.  He’s been progressively getting better with each passing season, having played his first full season in the 16/17 NHL season.  This season you can see he’s taken a nice leap, likely getting more ice time and more responsibility.  He’s already at 18 points on the season with a high probability he’ll eclipse his current career high of 20 points in a season.

Here Josh is on an episode of “Ask a Jet”


Nicolas Petan

HC0016This blog brings a return from Nic Petan, former Portland Winterhawk and current Manitoba Moose. Nic is a solid prospect for the Winnipeg Jets and sits right behind Kyle Connor in terms of center prospects that are currently not with the team.

For those who have been keeping up with my blog, this is not my first time getting Nic’s autograph and rank him at one of the top NHL athletes to return fan mail.  I actually didn’t realize I had sent Nic a first letter but as you can see he signed for me on the same card, this time in black.  The first time was in blue and at the writing of this post, I had thought I had already written something about Nic recently, which turns out to be true looking back.

I suppose nothing more needs to be said. =)