G.I. Joe-inspired file cards of NHL players

Like many kids growing up in the 1980s, I played with G.I. Joe action figures. Each figure had an interesting code name like Snake-Eyes, Shipwreck, Roadblock or Cobra Commander, had a ton of poseability  — including swivel-arm battle grip! — and came with some pretty cool weapons.

The back of each G.I. Joe figure’s toy packaging had a file card. Flint here has a degree in English literature.

Another great thing about G.I. Joe action figures was that each one came with its own file card on the back of the toy packaging — a small profile about the character that you were supposed to cut out and save for future reference. Believe it or not, these file cards many times became a factor when deciding which figure to buy. As a nine-year old, standing in the toy aisle of K-Mart, with only enough scratch in my Ghostbusters wallet to get one figure, I had to make a tough choice each week. All the figures looked awesome, so the file cards told you what kind of character the toy was supposed to be, which made picking one easier.

So this got me thinking, what if NHL players had file cards that summed up what you needed to know about them? It would quickly get you up to speed if you haven’t been following their career, and help you decide if you were going to like them or not.

I imagine they’d look something like these.

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Blackhawks Captain – Code Name: Captain Serious


NHL Poster Boy – Code Name: Sid the Kid

 Bruins Captain – Code Name: Big Z


Rangers Goaltender – Code Name: King Henrik

But players wouldn’t be the only ones who could have file cards.


Blue Jackets Coach – Code Name: Torts


Giant Muppet – Code Name: Youppi!


NHL Commissioner – Code Name: The Enemy

Got any requests? Leave a comment, and I might make a custom file card of your favorite hockey personality. 


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

8 thoughts on “G.I. Joe-inspired file cards of NHL players”

  1. Great stuff! How ’bout David Backes. Captain. Pilot. Saver of Dogs. Two-time Olympian. Minnesota State grad. Academic All-American.

    1. Me too, though I’ve been slowly selling off my GI Joe collection, starting with the newer stuff and working my way backwards.

      Who’s your favorite Joe, Bill…besides Snake-Eyes? Mine is Shipwreck.

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