Thursday, December 27, 2012

Alex Galchenyuk

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Date sent: March 5, 2012
Date received: May 2, 2012
Total time: 58 days
Total players responses: 523
Total 2012 responses: 126

A sweet return from Montreal pick and US World Junior competitor Alex Galchenyuk. He's going to be a great component for Montreal going back into the playoffs. I'm super excited to have gotten a return from Alex as he's one of the better prospects coming up into the NHL soon. Thanks for the autograph Alex!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Ryan Smyth

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Date sent: January 27, 2011
Date received: May 30, 2012
Total time: 489 days
Total players responses: 522
Total 2012 responses: 125

Sweet! One of my longest returns, this one from Ryan Smyth. Ryan is known as Captain Canada, as he's played in many International matches representing Canada. He was drafted 6th overall by the Edmonton Oilers, and had made numerous stops in other cities before returning back home to Edmonton in the 2011 - 12 season. Thanks for the autograph Ryan!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Chris Osgood

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Date sent: May 23, 2011
Date received: July 9, 2012
Total time: 413 days
Total players responses: 521
Total 2012 responses: 124

Definitely one of my longer returns, this time from Chris Osgood. Chris is a retired NHL player who was best known for playing for the Detroit Red Wings. He made temporary stops in both St.Louis and NY but eventually returned back to the team that had drafted him 54th overall. I'm definitely happy to get Chris' autograph to add to my collection. Thanks Chris!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tomas Holmstrom

scan0008 (3) by hockeyttmDate sent: February 26, 2012
Date received: May 2, 2012
Total time: 66 days
Total players responses: 520
Total 2012 responses: 123

A great return from Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom. Tomas has spent his entire career in front of the net and is definitely one of the best at screening goaltenders. Drafted well into the later rounds (257th overall), he has been a gem of a player and shows how well the Red Wings staff are at identifying diamonds in the rough. Thanks for the autograph Tomas!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Jay Bouwmeester

scan0008 (2) by hockeyttmDate sent: April 26, 2012
Date received: May 29, 2012
Total time: 33 days
Total players responses: 519
Total 2012 responses: 122

A quick return (and a tiny autograph) from one of Calgary's best blue liners. Jay Bouwmeester probably has one of the smallest autographs for someone with such a long last name. Nevertheless, I'm still happy to have received this autograph from him. Thanks for the autograph Jay!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Kirill Kabanov

scan0007 by hockeyttmDate sent: May 28, 2012
Date received: June 26, 2012
Total time: 29 days
Total players responses: 518
Total 2012 responses: 121

A good return from Kirill Kavanov. I haven't heard much rumblings from this Russian forward as of late. He was drafted by the NY Islanders in 2010, going 65th overall. I received this autograph while he was playing for the Lewiston Maineiacs of the QMJHL, but now plays for the NY Islander's farm team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  Thanks for the autograph Kirill!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christopher Gibson

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Date sent: September 5, 2012
Date received: September 24, 2012
Total time: 24 days
Total players responses: 517
Total 2012 responses: 120

A nice return from Chicoutimi's Christopher Gibson. Christopher is a second round pick of the LA Kings, back in the 2011 NHL entry draft. He has put up decent numbers, winning 14 games in the 2010-11 season. It appears as if Christopher is a great prospect for the Kings and will be in their lineup in the future.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Ryan Getzlaf

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Date received: July 4, 2012
Total players responses: 516
Total 2012 responses: 119

A nice autograph from Ryan Getzlaf. I picked up in a box that I picked up at a hockey card event. This was from an Upper Deck Ultimates collection. I find that the box itself was alright, nothing spectacular, perhaps also since I've gotten Ryan Getlaf's autograph previously. Thanks Ryan!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Eric Staal

scan0068 by hockeyttmDate sent: May 4, 2012
Date received: September 4, 2012
Total time: 123 days
Total players responses: 515
Total 2012 responses: 118

Here comes another blog about this fantastic set I'm trying to collect. This time, this card is signed by Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes. I've received a few Eric Staal autographs in the past and he's been (and his brothers) one of the more consistent TTM'ers out there. Thanks Eric!!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Gilbert Perreault

scan0063 by hockeyttmDate sent: July 16, 2012
Date received: July 27, 2012
Total time: 11 days
Total players responses: 514
Total 2012 responses: 117

A fantastic return from Gilbert Perreault, one of the members of the famous "French Connection" line. He was drafted 1st overall in the 1970 entry draft and admitted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990, 3 years after his last game in a Buffalo Sabres uniform. Thanks for the autograph Gilbert!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Chris Pronger

scan0019 by hockeyttmDate sent: August 24, 2012
Date received: September 13, 2012
Total time: 20 days
Total players responses: 513
Total 2012 responses: 116

A great return from Chris Pronger, extreme veteran from the Flyers. He's an Olympian, Stanley Cup winner and All-Star defenseman. I've had returns from Chris before, but happy as this is on my SP Essentials card. Thanks for the return Chris!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Johan Franzen

scan0026 by hockeyttmDate sent: August 24, 2012
Date received: September 13, 2012
Total time: 20 days
Total players responses: 512
Total 2012 responses: 115

A nice return from Johan Franzen from my SP Essentials set. I"m super happy with this as I'm starting to see returns from the set I'm trying to collect. I've received previous Johan TTM returns from him in the past, so I knew that this one shouldn't have been difficult to achieve. Thanks for the autograph Johan!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Milan Lucic

scan0074 by hockeyttmDate sent: June 25, 2012
Date received: August 2, 2012
Total time: 38 days
Total players responses: 511
Total 2012 responses: 114

A great return for my SP Essentials set, signed by Vancouver boy Milan Lucic.  Milan is a great player, one that was passed on by most teams as he was drafted 50th overall.  I love these cards, as they sign so nicely.  I've still got lots of work to do for this set though!  Thanks for the autograph Milan.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Henrik Sedin

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Total players responses: 510
Total 2012 responses: 113

Thanks to Kevin for the Flickr idea for posts!  It'll take some time to get used to, but I'm glad I'm back up and running.  So for today's blog, we have Henrik Sedin, obviously the Canucks captain.  I had recieved Henrik's autograph at a signing he did for EA Sports for the midnight launch of NHL 13.  He gladly signed this card for me and I'm happy I was able to meet him as I got this card scratched off my collection list!  Thanks Henrik!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Date received: November 10, 2012
Total players responses: 509
Total 2012 responses: 112

The final installment of my hounding session with the Edmonton Oilers.  I was so happy to have gotten Burnaby, BC native Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and is probably one of the harder players to get through TTM (I don't know if he'll sign TTM, but I've sent out a few and haven't received any returns as of yet!).  Ryan is one of the core players trying to help the Edmonton Oilers regain their Stanley Cup hopes.  Him, along with Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz will be the core group, at least until the Oil can't afford them anymore.  

I really like this Crown Royal RNH autographed card.  It showed up so nicely and wasn't running like the Jordan Eberle cards previously written about.  Thanks for the autograph Ryan and good luck the rest of the season with the OKC Barons.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Taylor Hall

Date received: November 10, 2012
Total players responses: 508
Total 2012 responses: 111

Another fantastic success from the 2010, 1st overall draft pick, Taylor Hall!  I was super stoked to have seen that he was willing to sign for the fans that were waiting for him.  It isn't every day that you get to meet and take pictures with one of the brightest prospects in the NHL.  

I managed to snag two signatures from Taylor himself, one on my Donruss Rated Rookies card, and on another Artifacts card.  Both were signed in a blue sharpie, and are clearly legible (unlike the previous Jordan Eberle cards).  I am happy that I was able to find cards which the autographed showed up well enough and not run.  

Thanks for the signing Taylor!  

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Jordan Eberle

Date received: November 10, 2012
Total players responses: 507
Total 2012 responses: 110

A triple dose of Jordan Eberle!  I managed to snag Jordan for a few autographs (with the help of my girlfriend) on two separate occasions during the OKC Barons' stay in Abbotsford.  Jordan obviously doesn't need any type of introduction, as he is one of the most (in my opinion at least) exciting players on the Oilers' squad.  He was drafted 22nd overall in the 2008 draft and is definitely helping to lead the charge of the Edmonton franchise becoming what it once was.  He has also helped out with Team Canada, bringing gold to our country, back in 2008 and 2009.  

I particularly like the autograph on the Victory Rookie card, as that's the one that came out the best.  The Jordan Eberle autograph on the SP Authentic card didn't show up too well, due to the nature of the player on the card being a smooth surface.  The same issue was found on the Rookie Anthology card, as the portion he signed on looked like it ran.  Has anyone else happened to have encountered cards like these?  I generally put an eraser to a card like the Victory, to prevent the smooth finish from making the card run, but I wasn't totally sure if it would work on the SP Authentic or the Rookie Anthology cards.

Regardless, I'm quite happy with the autos from Jordan.  Thanks for being so fan friendly Jordan.  I guess since there were three cards, it deserved an extra long blog post!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Magnus Paajarvi

Date received: November 10, 2012
Total players responses: 506
Total 2012 responses: 109

Next auto I managed to snag this trip was from Magnus Paajarvi.  He was drafted 10th overall by the Edmonton Oilers, but obviously with the lockout, he's currently playing for the Oklahoma City Barons.  He's been putting up, probably less than stellar point, but seems to be on the right track to success.  He'll definitely be shadowed by many of the Oil young guns who have entered into the system since he was drafted.  Magnus was definitely kind to sign these two cards for me.  Thanks for the sweet autos Magnus!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Colten Teubert

Date received: November 10, 2012
Total players responses: 505
Total 2012 responses: 108

Yes! A nice jersey card signed in silver sharpie by tough guy Colten Teubert.  Meeting Colton in person, he seems like a fairly nice guy, but had a few words for the hounders that were looking for 5+ autographs of the same picture of him.  I also saw him on the ice later that evening and he looked scary.  Thanks for the signing Colten!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Teemu Hartikainen

Date received: November 10, 2012
Total players responses: 504
Total 2012 responses: 107

Part 1 of my hounding session of the OKC Barons this past weekend.  I got Teemu Hartikainen of the Barons, whom was drafted in 2008, 163rd overall.  He is a Finnish player, currently working his way up to the NHL level.  Teemu had only played under 20 games per season in the NHL thus far.  Thanks for the signing Teemu.  He's a super friendly guy!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Ty Rimmer

Date sent: September 5, 2012
Date received: September 24, 2012
Total time: 19 days
Total players responses: 503
Total 2012 responses: 106

Ty Rimmer is currently the goaltender in the WHL for the Lethbridge Hurricanes.  He was recently traded from the Tri-City Americans this past offseason.  Thanks for the autograph Ty.  Stay tuned for a hounding session I had over the weekend, one of my best yet!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

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! 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Brett Ritchie

Date sent: March 21, 2012
Date received: July 30, 2012
Total time: 131 days
Total players responses: 501
Total 2012 responses: 104

I've been getting a decent amount of my Hero and Prospect cards back, which is great!  This time, this autograph is from Brett Ritchie, from the Sarnia Sting.  Brett was drafted by the Dallas Stars, and now currently plays for the Niagra Ice Dogs.  Thanks for the auto Brett!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Mikko Koivu

Date sent: June 29, 2012
Date received: October 3, 2012
Total time: 96 days
Total players responses: 500
Total 2012 responses: 103

A response that I'm particuarly excited about, in Mikko Koivu.  Mikko is the current captain of the Minnesota Wild and has been a leader in the room for about 7 years now.  Mikko is quite accomplished and has a boatload of medals, Internationally, to show for.  This former 6th overall pick has certainly proven that he was worth selecting.  Thanks for the auto Mikko!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Scott Niedermayer

Date sent: June 29, 2012
Date received: October 1, 2012
Total time: 94 days
Total players responses: 499
Total 2012 responses: 102

A great autograph from Scott Niedermayer, except that this card wasn't the card that I sent to Scott.  I had actually sent a nice jersey card, superlative of all cards, to be signed by Scott.  Unfortunately, he either kept or switched the cards and sent me this one.  I can't really complain since I know never to send anything that is really meaningful to me!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Calvin De Haan

Date received: June 5, 2012
Total players responses: 498
Total 2012 responses: 101

A sweet autograph pickup autograph I purchased online from ebay.  Calvin De Haan is a great NY Islanders prospects who was drafted 12th overall in 2009 entry draft.  He's likely to hit the NHL circuit soon, perhaps when the lockout ends or in the next season.  Another year in the AHL seems to be the prescription for this guy for now.  Calvin signed this card in a great silver sharpie.  Beautiful!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Martin St.Louis

Date sent: January 15, 2011
Date received: May 30, 2012
Total time: 501 days
Total players responses: 497
Total 2012 responses: 100

A nice and my first autograph by Martin St.Louis.  He is a fantastic player who plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning.  It's nice to see players like him, who go undrafted but then go on to very successful careers in the NHL.  I hope Martin all the best in the rest of his NHL career.  Thanks for the auto Martin!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Brett Connolly

Date sent: February 26, 2012
Date received: May 23, 2012
Total time: 87 days
Total players responses: 496
Total 2012 responses: 99

Closing in on a few milestones (almost 500 returns and nearly 100 returns for 2012).  I'm actually quite happy with getting Brett Connolly's, formerly from the Prince George Cougars, autograph.  Last year, Brett spent quite a few games up with the big club, the Tampa Bay Lightning and is destined to make the NHL as a full time player.  In addition to playing in the NHL, he's also represented Canada quite a few times, winning gold in 2009 with the U-18 squad.  

Friday, October 5, 2012

Nicklas Jensen

Date sent: February 29, 2012
Date received: April 19, 2012
Total time: 50 days
Total players responses: 495
Total 2012 responses: 98

A nice autograph from Canucks prospect Nicklas Jensen.  I had sent a Heros & Prospects card to Nicklas earlier this year, but was switched out for this Denny's card.  Although not quite the card I wanted to get autographed, I'm still happy with it.  Thanks for the auto Nicklas!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

RJ Umberger

Date sent: June 29, 2012
Date received: July 23, 2012
Total time: 24 days
Total players responses: 494
Total 2012 responses: 97

RJ Umberger was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in 2001.  He's turned out to be a decent hockey player, having played no games for the Canucks.  He was involved in a trade to the NY Rangers which brought over Martin Rucinsky.  This was my first autograph from RJ (and probably last) as I'm not a huge fan of him.  Thanks for the autograph RJ!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Dion Phaneuf

Date sent: April 26, 2012
Date received: September 10, 2012
Total time: 137 days
Total players responses: 493
Total 2012 responses: 96

A nice return on this SP Authentics card by Dion Phaneuf.  Dion is the current captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs and is probably one of the more consistent signers out there.  Dion was a part of one of the greatest World Junior Teams, way back in 2005 (the time of the last lockout).  Perhaps with this years' lockout, we'll have a nice selection to choose from for the World Juniors.  Thanks for the auto Dion!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Mike Modano

Date sent: August 24, 2012
Date received: September 6, 2012
Total time: 13 days
Total players responses: 492
Total 2012 responses: 95

A real quick return from one of the best American born players to have played the game.  Mike Modano signed this SP Essentials card for me, a set which I am trying to collect.  He signed it perfectly to where I wanted it to be.  I hope this wasn't a ghost signed card, anybody can tell if it was?

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Michael Chaput

Date sent: March 12, 2012
Date received: April 25, 2012
Total time: 44 days
Total players responses: 491
Total 2012 responses: 94

Probably not quite the most exciting player I've ever showcased (see Bobby Orr), but is currently a part of the Columbus Blue Jackets organization.  He's still a young prospect, with the ability to find open areas and will be counted on in the future years as Rick Nash has left the team in pursuit of a greater chance of a Stanley Cup.  Thanks for the auto Michael!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Ben Maxwell

Date sent: April 16, 2012
Date received: April 27, 2012
Total time: 11 days
Total players responses: 490
Total 2012 responses: 93

A nice autograph by Ben Maxwell, currently playing for the St.John Icecaps.  Ben has been bouncing around from team to team, having had stops in Montreal, Atlanta/Winnipeg and Anaheim.  I have a feeling that Ben most likely won't ever be a solid contender to be a mainstay in the NHL, or at the very least, a 4th liner.  Thanks for the auto Ben!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Paul Reinhart

Date sent: April 14, 2012
Date received: April 27, 2012
Total time: 13 days
Total players responses: 489
Total 2012 responses: 92

Paul Reinhart, obviously, was a former Vancouver Canuck.  He only played for the Canucks for two seasons (the final two of his career), but played most of his career as a Flame.  Paul was initially drafted by the Atlanta Flames, 12th overall, in the 1979 entry draft.  He currently resides in Vancouver, BC and is the son of future NHL star Griffin, Max & Sam Reinhart.  Thanks for the auto Paul!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sergei Bobrovsky

Date sent: October 20, 2011
Date received: May 23, 2012
Total time: 216 days
Total players responses: 488
Total 2012 responses: 91

Sergei Bobrovsky is a Russian born hockey player, currently playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets.  He went undrafted, but started his career with the Philadelphia Flyers.  Sergei was essentially deemed expendable when Ilya Bryzgalov was signed to a massive 9 year deal.  At least now Sergei should get in more starts this year than he would've gotten in Philly!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Brendan Gaunce

Date sent: March 5, 2012
Date received: May 3, 2012
Total time: 59 days
Total players responses: 487
Total 2012 responses: 90

Brendan Gaunce, the newest member of the Canucks organization being the 1st round draft pick.  He was slated to be picked roughly in the 13th position and was rated the top Canadian forward.  He is currently the captain of the Belleville Bulls and will be relied heavily upon this season.  Good luck Brendan!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Brad May

Date sent: April 27, 2012
Date received: May 9, 2012
Total time: 12 days
Total players responses: 486
Total 2012 responses: 89

A nice auto by former Vancouver Canuck Brad May.  Brad played for 7 teams in his career, most notably for the Buffalo Sabres.  His historic goal vs the Boston Bruins created the announcer to shout "May Day! May Day!" as he had deked out a few players to score a goal.  Thanks Brad for the nice auto!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Vincent Lecavailer

Date sent: July 7, 2011
Date received: May 3, 2012
Total time: 31 days
Total players responses: 485
Total 2012 responses: 88

Sweet, my first autograph by Vincent L. of the Tampa Bay Lighting.  I believe Vincent is a strict "one per" autograph policy when returning TTM.  Not much needs to be said about Vincent as he's pretty much won it all.  A Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold and numerous amount of hardware from the NHL.  An amazing player and seems like he's genuinely a nice guy!  Thanks for the auto Vince!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ray Whitney

Date sent: April 26, 2012
Date received: July 5, 2012
Total time: 70 days
Total players responses: 484
Total 2012 responses: 87

A nice Ray Whitney autograph on my OPC card.  This is my second time getting Whitney's autograph, but the first through TTM.  You can view it here.  Ray is a veteran hockey player, approaching his early 40s now.  Hopefully the lockout will not proceed too much longer and enable him to get back to the game that he loves.  Thanks for the auto Ray!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Adam Henrique

Date sent: April 14, 2012
Date received: July 9, 2012
Total time: 86 days
Total players responses: 483
Total 2012 responses: 86

Too bad no hockey for the beginning of the season.  Adam Henrique would've been a part of the NJ Devils and help them compete for a Stanley Cup again this year.  Last year he put up just over 50 points in 76 games and contributed in the playoffs, putting up 13 points.  Unfortunately, he was reassigned to Albany Devils for the beginning of the season, which can't be terribly bad as he'll continue to develop his skills.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Jonas Hiller

Date sent: June 22, 2011
Date received: April 21, 2012
Total time: 304 days
Total players responses: 482
Total 2012 responses: 85

Jonas Hiller, the All-Star, currently plays for the Anaheim Ducks.  He was an undrafted prospect when he first hit the NHL scene in 2007 by then GM Brian Burke.  Since then, he's been a pretty solid goaltender, having gone to the Stanley Cup Finals and participating in the NHL All-Star game, among other NHL accolades. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Eric Staal

Date sent: January 15, 2011
Date received: May 28, 2012
Total time: 499 days
Total players responses: 481
Total 2012 responses: 84

A long response from Eric Staal, but well worth it.  Eric is going to be in heaven this year, as he'll be able to play along side with Jordan, and perhaps Marc in the future.  I've gotten a return from Eric before, linked here, oddly enough, on the same card.  Oops! 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Chris Pronger

Date sent: June 29, 2012
Date received: July 25, 2012
Total time: 26 days
Total players responses: 480
Total 2012 responses: 83

Chris Pronger is a pretty consistent TTM'er from what I've seen.  He's signed a few cards for me before, and most likely will be signing many more for fans before his retirement.  A cup winner and all around top NHL defenseman, he'll be one player that the game will miss once he's finally ready to hang up the skates.  Thanks for the auto Chris!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cam Ward

Date received: February 30, 2012
Total players responses: 479
Total 2012 responses: 82

Cam Ward is one of the best goaltenders in the league.  He won a Stanley Cup as a rookie goaltender in 2006, the first since Patrick Roy in 1986.  Cam will need to be great, again, as the Canes have a good shot at making the playoffs again with the addition of Jordan Staal and the resigning of Jeff Skinner.