Forever Mr. Hockey

The hockey world was rocked earlier yesterday morning with the passing of Gordie Howe. Ever since the unfortunate news broke, tributes to the hockey legend have continued to pour in.

We knew it was inevitable but none of us could prepare ourselves for that actual moment when we first heard or read the phrase, "Gordie Howe has passed away at the age of 88".

I was quite shocked when I heard the radio announcement. They were playing 'The Hockey Song' by Stompin' Tom Connors over the airways and I immediately got a gut feeling that something was not right. I mean, they never play 'The Hockey Song' - it's a classic rock station, something had to be up.

I was right. When the song ceased, the disc jockey gave tribute to Howe along with condolences. I was absolutely floored. Muhammad Ali was just taken away from us and now, days later, Mr. Gordie Howe. What gives 2016?

I don't have many Howe cards in the remnants of my collection but the above 2011-12 Upper Deck Parkhurst Champions is my current favorite. It was taken during Howe's final NHL season as a member of the now defunct Hartford Whalers. At the age of 52, he appeared in all 80 games of the 1979–80 schedule.

There isn't much else to be said that hasn't already been brought up about Gordie Howe. He enjoyed a storied career and etched a legacy on the hockey world like very few have and ever will. His nickname really says it all. One of the greatest players to ever lace up a pair of skates and hit the ice.

He will undoubtedly be remembered and missed.


Who I Am And Why I'm Here

Hello readers, welcome to my hockey card blog.

Lately I've found myself spending some of my downtime reading trading card blogs from all over the internet. I've begun to miss the ol' hobby and have been hankered to pick it back up again. I want to start all over to be exact and begin working with a clean slate.

My earliest memories of collecting cardboard stem from receiving a Champions Hockey Card Collectors Starter Kit (endorsed by Patrick Roy) at the age of 7 as an Easter gift. I was hooked - spending countless hours as a young boy organizing and trading with friends. It was the mid-'90s and it was all about the hockey card.

My all-time favorite player is Mario Lemieux, I've been a Pittsburgh Penguins fan since I can remember following the game. Unfortunately I can recall David Volek of the New York Islanders scoring an overtime goal in game seven to upset the Pens in '93 more clearly than their Stanley Cup celebrations from the previous 2 years.

As I got older, hockey cards took a backseat to many other things; I didn't collect and hardly thought about it, to be honest I stopped following the game in general.

I started to get back into the sport several years ago just like I did when I was 10 - maybe my passion has even gone a little deeper.

As far as set goals collecting-wise is concerned, I am not sure where I want to go with it right now. But getting over this first blog post hump will be a huge accomplishment (if you've ever had to write an introduction post, you know what I mean), that's for sure.

I'm not here with aspirations to become the #1 sports card blog in the blogosphere; I'm here to have fun, share my collection with others and meet new people who share the same interests.  Pretty simple really.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you join me on my rediscovering of the hobby.