Wednesday 14 January 2015

Cards from a younger me: Collector's Edge Ice The Wall (pt1)

Every time I go bad to visit my parents, I try and take some of the cards I have stored in the room I grew up in, this past visit I managed to find room for a few. One of the highlights was a complete set of Collector's Edge Ice "The Wall" inserts, featuring die-cut goalie masks from a minor league set of a long gone company. These are so great I felt I needed to post the whole 12 card set

#1 Ray LeBlanc of the Chicago Wolves - I don't even know were to start with LeBlanc, just check his hockey-reference page, multiple teams, multiple leagues, Winter Olympics, and 1 NHL game. A pro from 1986-2000, but he played in one NHL game, basically so the Blackhawks could protect Dominik Hasek, Jimmy Waite and Ed Belfour in the expansion draft. At least he won the game and was included in 1991-92 Parkhurst and 1992-93 score sets.

#2 Manny Fernandez of the Michigan K-Wings - Played parts of 13 seasons in the NHL, mostly with the Minnesota Wild. Twice he shared the William M. Jennings award for lowest GAA, first in 2006-07 with Niklas Backstrom and again in 2008-09 with Tim Thomas in Boston.

#3 Rick Knickle of the Detroit Vipers - Made his NHL debut as a 32 year old for the Kings in 1992-93. Despite only playing 14 career NHL games, Knickle played in over 600 professional games from 1979-1997.

#4 Troy Gamble of the Houston Aeros - Another guy with a short NHL career, Gamble played 47 of his career 72 NHL games in 1990-91, including 4 playoff games for the Canucks. A victim of concussion issues, he manged to play in over 300 pro games.

#5 Pokey Reddick of the Las Vegas Thunder - A guy with a couple weird records to his name, according to wikipedia, Reddick has played in the most career NHL games, 117, without recording a shutout. He is also listed as the only goalie to go undefeated in a 3 round playoff system, going 12-0 leading the Fort Wayne Komets to the Turner Cup.

#6 Wendell Young of the Chicago Wolves -  Young played in 187 NHL games, mostly with Pittsburgh, but finished his career playing 7 seasons with the Wolves and had his number retired by the team in 2001. So far he is the only player to have won The Memorial Cup (CHL), The Calder Cup (AHL), The Turner Cup (IHL) and The Stanley Cup (NHL)

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