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Friday, November 28, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1979 Nov 28

November 28

Billy Smith became the first goalie in NHL history to get credit for a goal. He was the last Islander to touch the puck before Rob Ramage of Colorado put it into his own net. But the Islanders lost 7-4 to the Rockies at Denver.

84/85 OPC # 190

Obtained blue sharpie auto IP.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1996 Nov 27

November 27

San Jose's Tony Granato scored his 200th NHL career goal as the Sharks won 3-2 over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks.

95/96 BAP # 114

Obtained black sharpie auto from pack.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1986 Nov 26

November 26

Peter Zezel scored his seventh game winning goal just 21 games into the schedule, as the Flyers beat Montreal 4-2 at the Spectrum. Their record at the Spectrum was 13-1.

85/86 OPC # 24

Obtained black sharpie auto IP.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Oot and Aboot--First in a Series

"Coo loo coo coo, coo coo coo coo"

Welcome to the Great White North aka Kanadian Korner. 

I don't think I or anyone I know pronounces it aboot but what the hey. Labor, labour, neighbor, neighbour. I think the only time I worry about the "u" in cards is I will pick up Brodeur cards. I will stay away from Broder cards. And if you're too young to get the reference, that would be a good thing.

In this new series of occasional posts, I will showcase something sports related here aboot in the City of Brantford.

 On Saturday Nov. 22nd, I attended the grand re-opening of the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition. This is located in the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, which I wrote about here.

Everyone who wanted could have a picture taken as a memento. These were compliments of Sports Express, a community magazine.

I had Brantford's Lord Mayor, possibly Canada's most famous father, Walter Gretzky sign this book for me. As you can see, it is an uncorrected  proof special preview copy. I  picked this up shortly after this was sent out to a radio station for review. Wally asked me where I wanted it signed. He dated it without me asking.

As per his usual custom, Walter also gave out these autographed personalised notepad sheets.

A lot of the inductees into the Hall were in attendance.  Some are local sporting figures like Ron Finucan, Rick Manned and Wayne Osborne. Brad Merril was there representing his father Frank Merrill. Two CFL alumni in Roy Kurtz and Al Moffat. These were some CIC's I printed up beforehand and got signed.

Representing the inductees was former NHL'er Pat Hickey. I had him sign this CIC I made.

Entranceway to the Hall.

 On the bench in front. a statue of a girl putting on her skates. There were more than a few pictures taken with someone sitting beside her.

Some of the estimated 1000 people who were there for the opening.

Each display case had the individual pieces numbered with a matching descriptive on the attached information board. Here, for example, the Boston jersey would be number 1 and the corresponding number would say Stan Jonathon jersey with a short story.

Here, football is represented by a Roy Kurtz CFL jersey and a Nick Kaczur Patriots jersey.

Of course, there is a huge focus on The Great One. Some sticks, helmet ,glove and autographed team jacket.

Miniature trophies that he won during his career.

Jerseys from his different teams.

More jerseys.

More assorted items.

Jerseys and equipment from his young years.

Story in community newspaper on the event.

Stay tuned for the next installment.

This Day in NHL History 1993 Nov 25

November 25

Luc Robitaille scored four goals, including his 11th career hat trick, as the Kings lost 8-6, in Quebec City. Joe Sakic had two goals and two assists for the Nordiques.

89/90 OPC # 113

Obtained blue ink sig TTM.

Monday, November 24, 2014

This Day in NHL History 2001 Nov 24

November 24

 In a pre-game ceremony, Colorado retired Ray Bourque's #77 jersey.

82/83 OPC # 7

Obtained black sharpie auto IP.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

This Day in NHL History 2001 Nov 23

November 23

Nikolai Khabibulin recorded his second shutout in three games (and the 24th of his career) as the Lightning won 2-0 against the visiting New Jersey Devils. Fredrik Modin scored the game winning goal on "Fredrik Modin Bobblehead Night".

97/89 UD #162

Obtained blue sharpie auto IP.