I was cleaning out my filing cabinet and found some old drawings I did in high school. Art was always my favorite subject, and I took it all four years. I would try to draw or create hockey images whenever possible. During my junior year — right around the time of the 1992 Winter Olympics — we had to make a few blended colored pencil drawings for an assignment. I made three, using hockey as my inspiration.
Patrick Sundstrom, New Jersey Devils – This picture is from Sunstrom’s 1991-92 Pro Set Platinum hockey card. I removed the audience and put diagonal lines in their place to try and convey the speed of the game. In hindsight, I wish I took out the Rangers player behind him too, and made it just about Sundstrom.
The SJB with a hockey stick logo in the lower right corner is how I signed my name on my drawings at the time.
Tony Esposito, Chicago Blackhawks – I cannot seem to find the reference photo that I used for this drawing. And I don’t know why I didn’t draw in the Blackhawks logo, which would have made this picture five times cooler.
Chris Terreri, New Jersey Devils – One of my absolute favorite hockey photos is the one found on the back of Terreri’s 1991-92 Pro Set hockey card. I added the lines leading to his glove for dramatic effect.
Looking back, I’m not sure why I drew two Devils’ players. I like the Terreri pic, but I’m sure I could have found a more interesting player than Sundstrom. If anyone knows what reference picture I may have used for Esposito — maybe it is from a card? — hit me up with a comment. ■