Kodak Moment

\1987-88 O-Pee-Chee Leaders card #14 – Glen Hanlon

We’ve all had to live down an embarrassing photo at least once in our lifetime. These “Kodak moments” we’ve had to endure were usually the byproduct of too much alcohol or a lousy haircut. My eight grade class photo was forever ruined by a bad case of “bed head”. Later on in my life, me and a college buddy got drunk one particular time, and pretty much fell all over the kitchen, knocking things down while a third roommate got photos of the whole spectacle. Not much you can do about that, just laugh it off. Besides, it’s not like our own embarrassing photographs get printed in the thousands, and distributed in packs of hockey cards like this little gem. 

But looking at this card, you would have to wonder if it was the photographer – and not the subject – who had consumed too much alcohol. Perhaps both the photographer and the art director were drunk for thinking that this photo of Glen Hanlon would look good on this 1987-88 O-Pee-Chee Leaders trading card. This is definitely not a flattering photograph for the 5th overall leader in goals against average, now is it?

You can’t blame Hanlon for what’s been done here. Anyone who has played hockey – or any other sport where we need protection you-know-where – has had to, um, “adjust” themselves every now and then. That seems to be what the Detroit Red Wings goalie is doing in this photograph.

Either that, or he has a really bad itch. Nonetheless, this photograph says “candid camera” more than it says “league leader”.

Maybe the folks at O-Pee-Chee could have zoomed in on Hanlon’s head, or at least cropped it from the waist-up. Or they could have even re-used his photo from the regular 1987-88 O-Pee-Chee set. I’m sure Hanlon would not have minded.

Then again, the poor judgment of the folks at O-Pee-Chee made for quite a humorous trading card – one that made me giggle when I was 13, and still chuckle almost 20 years later.

Author: Sal Barry

Sal Barry is the editor and webmaster of Puck Junk. He is a freelance hockey writer, college professor and terrible hockey player. Follow him on Twitter @puckjunk

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