We’re officially in the NHL offseason. While the league goes into hibernation mode until a new season starts on October 11, there’s still plenty of hockey out there for everyone to enjoy this summer.
The new 3-on-3 league, known as 3ICE, just launched, while card and memorabilia collecting never stops as many of you out there prepare to attend The National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City at the end of the month.
The dog days of summer get into high gear with the Fourth of July and everything that goes with it such as pool parties, cookouts and fireworks. Of course, America’s birthday is also a great excuse for me at my very first “Clemente’s Corner” to write about some of my favorite hockey cards featuring players in their USA uniforms.
It could be because I am also a big soccer fan, but I do love international hockey competition. I miss seeing NHLers play at the Olympics. It’s for that reason that I am going to rundown my favorite cards featuring U.S. players just in time for Independence Day.
Some of these cards are true gems. Indeed, they are cardboard miracles when you consider how infrequently players have appeared in past sets wearing their national team colors. Here are a few of my favorites:
2022 Stanley Cup Final Recap
& Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2022
Sal Barry and Tim Parish talk about the 2022 Stanley Cup Final and how the Colorado Avalanche knocked out two-time defending champs Tampa Bay Lightning. Plus, they have a long discussion about the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2022: Daniel Afredsson, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Roberto Luongo, Riikka Sallinen, and Herb Carnegie. And Sal talks about the most-recent Sports Card Spectacular memorabilia show in Chicago. It’s 98 minutes of hockey goodness!
Show Notes & Links: Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2022 (HHOF Website)
Puck Culture: Five Todd McFarlane-Hockey Crossovers (The Hockey News)
Puck Junk Podcast #112: RC…or Not RC? That is the Question (Puck Junk)
It still seems weird to be talking about “new” hockey cards from the 2020-21 season at the end of the 2021-22 season. In late May 2022, Upper Deck released its 2020-21 Stature Hockey set, which features cards printed on thick, foil board card stock.
A box of Stature costs around $180 and contains one eight-card pack. Each box promises one autographed card or autographed patch card per box, plus one rookie card per box.
I recently got my hands on a box of 2020-21 Stature Hockey. Here is what I got.
Hello, Puck Junk readers! I know it has been over a month since I last wrote my Snap Shots column. Yes, we all get busy — but I was crazy busy. Crazy busy enough that I even used bold and italics at the same time! Between my work as a teacher and setting up at a three-day card show recently, I was in a time crunch. Something had to give, and unfortunately, it was this site for a little while. But now I’m back!
Anyway, enough about me. A lot happened in hockey over the past week. Naturally, we must start with the Colorado Avalanche winning the 2022 Stanley Cup Championship.
Interview with Craig Patrick, 3Ice Commissioner & former NHL Player, GM and Coach.
This week, Sal Barry and Tim Parish are joined by Hockey Hall of Fame member and 3Ice Commissioner Craig Patrick. Mr. Patrick talks about the new 3Ice three-on-three hockey league, which launches June 18, as well as his careers as an NHL player, as the assistant coach on the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic Team, as the General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins — and how he feels about appearing on Jaromir Jagr’s rookie card. It’s 44 minutes of hockey goodness that you don’t want to miss!
Sports card collectors have the annual National Sports Collectors Convention to look forward to at the end of every July. Hockey card collectors, on the other hand, got to enjoy the Toronto Sport Card and Memorabilia Expo during the first week of June.
Sometimes referred to as the “Canadian National,” the Expo typically features tons of hockey cards and collectibles and sections of the showroom floor do sometimes feel like you’ve stumbled into a museum. The spring edition of the Expo that took place from June 2-5 was no different.
It was the first spring Expo held at The International Centre, located near Toronto’s Pearson Airport, since the pandemic forced stay-at-home orders and halted travel. The easing of COVID-19 restrictions, both in the U.S. and Canada, made for large crowds during the four-day show, which was moved from March.
While the majority of people at the show hailed from all over Canada, a few out there, like me, made the trek across the border to Toronto. After four days in Toronto, I totally recommend taking such a trip in the future. For example, Toronto takes as much time for me to get to from New York City by plane (just two hours) as Atlantic City, site of the next National, is by car. It’s true that airfare costs more, but finding a deal is possible.
For anyone considering attending the Toronto Sport Expo in the future, here are five things from this last show that you should know.
The second round of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs is in the books. It took one series the full seven games, while another series was surprisingly over in just four games. In this week’s Snap Shots, we’ll take a look at Round 2 and well as Round 3, which starts tonight.
Nazem Kadri vs Jordan Binnington.
Plus: The Panthers Get Swept!
Sal Barry and Tim Parish discuss the Nazem Kadri vs. Jordan Binnington incident and “Bottlegate.” They also talk about the Florida Panthers getting swept. Should we all be surprised? Or should we have known better all along? Plus, eBay is making NFTs featuring Wayne Gretzky and Sal gets a set of cards he always wanted. This podcast contains 96 minutes of hockey goodness…and 12 grams of flavor crystals!
Show Notes, Links & Images:
Sal mentions “Chariot of the Gods,” but he actually meant “Chariots of Fire” by Vangelis (YouTube)
Nazem Kadri’s Postgame Interview on TNT (YouTube)
Ron Hextall Chases Rob Brown (YouTube)
Cam Talbot Fights Mike Smith During Line Brawl (YouTube)
Book Review: Black Ice: The Val James Story (Puck Junk)
eBay to Launch NFTs Featuring Wayne Gretzky (CNBC)
Ticket Stubs: The Hobby’s Hottest Collectible (BCW Supplies)
Images of the 1990-91 Jaromir Jagr regional-issue card sponsored by Foodland and given out by Pittsburgh-area police
The second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs have been nothing short of exciting thus far. We’ve had upsets, blowout games, injures, and even a player continue a feud with another player off the ice. It’s all in this week’s edition of Snap Shots!
2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs:
Round 1 Recap & Round 2 Preview.
In this episode of the Puck Junk Podcast, Sal Barry and Tim Parish give a recap of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. What was surprising, most memorable, and most disappointing? They also give their predictions for the Second Round — including the much-anticipated “Battle of Florida” and “Battle of Alberta” matchups. Plus, a special PSA (Public Service Announcement) about card collecting from Tim.
Show Notes, Images & Links:
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2022 schedule, TV info (NBC Pro Hockey Talk)
Cam Talbot has an awesome hair stylist. Just look at him: