As you may recall, '94 was also the year in which the NHL held their first lockout, which in turn caused the 1994–95 season to be shortened to 48 games instead of 84. Due to the unpredictability of when or even if the season would go ahead, the players wanted to keep their legs fresh. Some guys decided to play in various European leagues, others decided to remain in North America. As the work stoppage dragged into its second month, the NHLPA organized the "4-on-4 Challenge" (four players and a goalie on the ice) - a tournament played over the course of three days from the 10th to the 12th of November 1994; all the games were played in Hamilton, Ontario's Copps Coliseum.
The tournament consisted of 4 teams; Team Ontario (white jerseys), Team USA (red jerseys), Team Western Canada (yellow jerseys) and Team Quebec (blue jerseys). Team Ontario would reign as champions of the tourney, which raised more than half a million dollars to support the Ronald McDonald Children's Charities of Canada and minor hockey associations throughout North America
|#10 Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens|
These cards were inserted one per specially marked boxes of Post cereals. You could also receive a complete set of cards by mailing in proofs of purchases along with some coin. These factory sets included the NNO header and checklist cards.
There were also 500 Wayne Gretzky autographed cards randomly inserted into the cereal boxes. Lucky collectors who pulled the greatest cereal box prize of their lives had the opportunity to call a toll-free number and have their find certified by Upper Deck.
There are cards featuring Wayne Gretzky, Kelly Hrudey and Felix Potvin included in the set but to my knowledge they did not participate in the NHLPA 4-on-4 Challenge. Their photos were most likely taken for promotional purposes or as part of a instructional video.You can differentiate between the NHLPA jerseys used in the 4-on-4 Challenge and those used in promotional shoots by the "Ronald McDonald Children's Charities of Canada" patch sewn to the 4-on-4 jerseys. The NHLPA sweater that Hrudey and Potvin are sporting also contain a visible Reebok patch on the arm which the 4-on-4 Challenge jerseys did not have.
|#1 Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins|
|#2 Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils|
|#3 Steve Duchesne, St. Louis Blues|
|#4 Vincent Damphousse, Montreal Canadiens|
|#5 Eric Desjardins, Philadelphia Flyers|
|#6 Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers|
|#7 Joe Juneau, Washington Capitals|
|#8 Luc Robitaille, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|#9 Mark Recchi, Montreal Canadiens|
|#10 Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens|
|#11 Brendan Shanahan, St. Louis Blues|
|#12 Scott Stevens, New Jersey Devils|
|#13 Jason Arnott, Edmonton Oilers|
|#14 Trevor Linden, Vancouver Canucks|
|#15 Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks|
|#16 Paul Coffey, Detroit Red Wings|
|#17 Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings|
|#18 Doug Gilmour, Toronto Maple Leafs|
|#19 Kelly Hrudey, Los Angeles Kings|
|#20 Paul Kariya, Anaheim Mighty Ducks|
|#21 Larry Murphy, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|#22 Felix Potvin, Toronto Maple Leafs|
|#23 Keith Tkachuk, Winnipeg Jets|
|#24 Rob Blake, Los Angeles Kings|