Last week, I bought 30 different of 8″ x 10″ hockey photographs from AU Sports, one of my favorite card shops.
Many of these photos were taken at old Chicago Stadium, and most of them are from the 1980s and early 1990s, so these rate pretty high in the nostalgia factor for me.
Mike Liut (Hartford Whalers) – Taken at Chicago Stadium
Sylvain Turgeon (Hartford Whalers) – I used to watch quite a few Whalers games on TV back in the early 1990s, as SportsChannel would show Hartford games quite regularly.
Mike Bossy (New York Islanders) – Bossy retired by the time I got into hockey.
Denis Potvin (New York Islanders) – Potvin had retired and was a studio analyst for SportsChannel when I started watching hockey. I remember him infamously guessing that the Chicago Blackhawks would get eliminated in the first round of the 1989 playoffs, when in fact they made it all the way to the Conference Finals.
Billy Smith (New York Islanders) – The first game I ever went to was the Blackhawks against the Islanders.
Billy Smith (again) – I’m not sure when either of these photos of Smith were taken. I can tell that these are from old Chicago Stadium, as it was one of the last arenas to put advertisements on the boards.
Martin Brodeur – Wow! What a great overhead photograph–making the save just in time. I’m not sure where or when this was taken
Marcel Dionne (New York Rangers) – A nice close-up of the Hall of Fame player at the end of his career.
Bob Brooke (New York Rangers) – Brooke played for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team.
Rick Vaive (Toronto Maple Leafs) – Taken at Chicago Stadium, and most likely during the 1984-85 season. Vaive was infamously stripped of the “C” when he missed a practice during the 1985-86 season.
Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins) – Wearing the “conceited swan” logo, this is probably from 1996-97.
Jaromir Jagr (Pittsburgh Penguins) – Wearing the Penguins’ jersey that looks like the Rangers’ jersey.
Dan Quinn (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Pat Lafontaine (New York Islanders)
Larry Robinson (Los Angeles Kings) and Denis Savard (Chicago Blackhawks) – Taken at Chicago Stadium during the 1989-90 season. I went to this game.
Kelly Hrudey (Los Angeles Kings) – Taken at the Chicago Stadium during the 1989-90 season.
Mario Gosselin (Los Angeles Kings) – Taken at Chicago Stadium during the 1989-90 season.
Steve Duchesne (Los Angeles Kings) – Yet another photo from Chicago Stadium.
Dave “Tiger” Williams – Sportin’ the oldschool Kings jersey.
Pelle Lindbergh (Philadelphia Flyers) – As most of you know, Lindbergh died in a car crash prior to the 1985-86 season
Byron Dafoe (Boston Bruins) – A nice photo of “Lord Byron’s” goalie mask.
(Detroit Red Wings) – This is the oldest photo in the lot. I knew this guy looked familiar–I got an autographed card of his last year
Brad Park (Detroit Red Wings) – Near the end of his NHL career.
Brad Park (again) – Rockin’ the playoff beard.
Joey Kocur (Detroit Red Wings) – One of many tough guys who played for the Red Wings in the 1980s and 1990s.
1991 Canada Cup – I think this was taken at Chicago Stadium in September of 1991. It was an exhibition game between the U.S. and Canada. I recognize Chris Chelios at the right. I think that’s Steve Thomas in the Canada jersey, but he was not on their final roster. He could have played for them but got cut before the tourney started. I’m also not sure who the guy in the middle is. Does anyone recognize the players at the left and center in this picture?
Kelly Buchburger (Edmonton Oilers) – Taken at Chicago Stadium.
Frank Mrazek (Red Deer Rebels) – This was actually a giveaway-type item and not a glossy photo. Mrazek was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1997, but ended up playing in Europe. He is currently playing in Germany.
Ryan Walter (Montreal Canadiens) and Dave Tippett (Hartford Whalers)
Dave Manson (Chicago Blackhawks) – Manson (right) watches a scuffle between a teammate and Joe Paterson of the Los Angeles Kings.
Mike Vernon (Calgary Flames) – An exciting pile-up in the crease. Also in the photo are Dana Murzyn, Brad McCrimmon and Ric Natress of the Flames and Bob McGill of the Chicago Blackhawks.