Sunday, October 31, 2021
Custom Card Store: The eBay Option
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Sunday, October 17, 2021
The 1982-83 O-Pee-Chee Dating Game (Episode 20)
Previous episodes are available here.
The big winner of episode 19 was 1980 Olympic gold medalist Mike Ramsey. (U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!)
Now, let's start the 20th round and introduce the bachelors chosen by the randomizer! [APPLAUSE]
Bachelor number 2: Goalie from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vincent Tremblay
Bachelor number 3: Center from the New Jersey Devils, Steve Tambellini
Sunday, October 10, 2021
This Custom Card has Gotta Get Back, Back to the Past. . .
Sunday, October 3, 2021
From the Favorites Box: Glenn Healy, 1991-92 O-Pee-Chee #368
A series where I post some thoughts about favorite cards. Previous cards in the series are available here.
Well, he got the attention of a couple of his players and pointed them toward the kids. Then he moved to the side of the goal, tapped the blade of his goalie stick on the ice, and tilted it back, effectively producing a ramp. (Can you see where this is going?)
The players picked up on it. They began deliberately shooting pucks hard and along the ice, right toward Healy's stick-ramp.
Unfortunately for Healy, he'd angled his stick perfectly wrong. Instead of going up and over the glass, the first shot went straight into the top of the goal!
He threw his head back as if he were saying "D'oh!"
It was a funny moment. And as I look back now, it's impressive. Think about it. There was Glenn Healy, professional NHL goaltender, having fun like a kid—during warmups of an NHL game.
When most players were busy getting their game faces on, Healy was busy trying to get a hockey puck to a few kids in the stands. Now it could be that he wasn't the starting goaltender that evening, and that's why he was goofing around a little bit. I don't know. But in any case, the moment stuck with me.
And if you know anything about Mr. Healy, it will all make perfect sense.
He was quite a lighthearted guy during his playing career (as evidenced by a little TV comedy spot he'd occasionally do with teammate Patrick Flatley called The Heals and Flats Show. In this particular segment they discuss the differences between the NFL and the CFL).
Not surprisingly, after his playing career ended, Healy continued to amuse hockey fans as a color commentator and analyst for various Canadian television networks. Currently he's the President and Executive Director of the NHL Alumni Association, and despite the lofty job title, I'm sure he still keeps everyone laughing.
Here are his career numbers across 15 seasons: 437 GP, 166 W, 190 L, 47 T, 13 SHO, 3.37 GAA, .887 SV%
Although he didn't spend much of that time as his team's outright number-one goalie, Healy had some pretty good individual seasons, winning as many as 25 games with the Kings in 1988-89 and 22 games with the Islanders in 1992-93. He also played a big part in taking the Isles to the Conference Finals that season, dethroning the two-time defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins along the way.
The following year he was traded to the Rangers, just in time to provide solid backup to Mike Richter across 29 games of the regular season. He also helped the team hoist the Stanley Cup that year, appearing in parts of 2 playoff games and posting a robust .941 save percentage (16 saves on 17 shots) along with a minuscule 0.89 goals-against average.
I'm sure he played a big part in keeping his teammates loose during those intense Stanley Cup games, too.
And for reminding us that it is indeed possible to have a little fun despite the pressure of playing a professional sport—or perhaps because of the pressure—1991-92 O-Pee-Chee #368 has a spot in my box of favorite cards.
Here's to the new hockey season.