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The Bad Hockey Card Blog

   This is a fun little project I have been wanting to do for a long time. It really has nothing to do with the league except to give people one more reason to stop by the site on a weekly basis and perhaps provide some comic relief, which is much needed as we know that rec ball hockey is generally some pretty serious shit!

   There is no shortage of terrible hockey cards out there and I am the not-so-proud owner of a bunch of them. So with that said, over the coming weeks and months, I will be marching out numerous examples of photographic misdeeds, oddities and downright "What were they thinking?" moments that should prove quite entertaining.

June 24th, 2015

Fantasy Draft

   With the NHL entry draft set to happen this week, it seems like a good time to look back at one of the real classic draft stories from the past. The player you're looking at on this card is Taro Tsujimoto... sort of. He was the Buffalo Sabres' 11th round pick, 183rd overall, in the 1974 draft. Here's the catch; He didn't actually exist. Bored with the slow draft process, and feeling a bit mischievous, Buffalo GM Punch Imlach invented Taro, reportedly a star center from the fictional Japenese club the Tokyo Katanas (with a katana of course being the Japanese equivalent of a sabre), and drafted him to fool the NHL big wigs, as well as many media outlets. Imlach didn't let on about the prank until training camp, and to this day you can still see Tsujimoto sweaters in the Buffalo arena. Score got in on the fun with this card from their 2010/11 Rookies & Traded set. For more detail about the Taro Tsujimoto story click here.

June 16th, 2015

I Hope Alec's Day Came First

   With yesterday's awarding of the Stanley Cup this year, It's time to take a look back at some of the many shenanigans that have occurred with the cup in the possession of some of the players. For those among you yearning to have your own day with the Stanley Cup, this particular entry serves as a cautionary reminder. Please make sure you fully disinfect the Stanley Cup before you drink or eat out of it. I'm not sure Alec Martinez did, and the look on his face says it all!

June 9th, 2015

Science Creates Skater/Goalie Hybrid

   Will the wonders of modern technology never cease? It appears the Montreal Canadians have created the perfect shot blocking forward in a lab somewhere. This half-skater/half-goalie hybrid is the result of fortunate timing as Benoit Brunet skates in front of Patrick Roy as the shutter clicks.  

June 4th, 2015

Get Off My Card!

   There are plenty of hockey cards in the world that picture more than one player as the central focus of the card. However, it's most unfortunate when you are in the type of card set where they crop out the usual background in favour of a specialty card design meant to enhance the focus on the player that is the subject of the card... when you have "company". In both cases below, the players are so linked to their checks that they couldn't be extricated without removing a great deal of the body of the card subject. Thanks to these cards, the players on them are now locked into a battle on cardboard stretching into eternity. 

May 27th, 2015

Generals Win Memorial Cup/TV Combo

   Way back in 1990, when the Oshawa Generals won the Memorial Cup led by a young buck named Eric Lindros, a 27 inch television may well have been a big score. I'm not exactly sure why they got awarded this particular prize, or what they did with it. Or perhaps I'm reading this wrong and it wasn't something they won, but rather the team's unsung hero for all their successful video review in the tourney. Either way, with the monster TV sets that exist nowadays, it seems to make this photo look a tad dated. The good news is that despite the relatively small screen size, it looks to have a VHS component as well. Bonus!!!

May 20th, 2015

Farewell, Dave!

   In honour of David Letterman's final show, I just had to post this beauty of Sandy McCarthy doing his best Dave impersonation. After many years of taking the standard classic action pics we all associate with hockey cards, Upper Deck decided it would shake things up a bit by throwing all sorts of random things into their sets. As a kid I'm not sure I'd have been too thrilled with getting this card in a pack, but as an adult, a lifelong Letterman fan, and a guy who writes a blog about bad hockey cards, I couldn't be happier with their decision.

May 13th, 2015

Sinister Goalies

   I'm not sure what these guys are thinking of at the moment, but I'm pretty sure they're up to no good. Of course, goalies have always been a bit of a different breed, but until now I've never thought of them as criminal, except for when they are committing on ice robberies, naturally. Never have I seen such a sinister looking duo in my life.  

May 6th, 2015

Trade Rumours

   This is one of the all-timer's, folks! Here we have Jacques Lemaire pictured in his Buffalo Sabres uniform, with the Sabres name and logo emblazoned at the bottom. There's just one catch- Lemaire never played for Buffalo. He didn't even go there in a paper transaction. This card, in fact, was merely the result of a trade rumour during the offseason, and O-Pee-Chee in their brilliance, decided to get a jump on the impending trade of Lemaire from Montreal to Buffalo with a little of their classic airbrushing. The trade didn't happen, but it was too late to stop production and this card went out into the market, making the company look like a bunch of freakin' idiots.

April 28th, 2015

Hairline Inspection

   When you have a receding hairline, there must be nothing better than seeing a photographer get on his step stool and put on a zoom lens to take a close-up of the top of your head. This is certainly the oddest angle you're ever going to see a player portrait taken from. Also take a very close look at the odd three-legged Cougar in the team logo. It's almost like the illustrator ran out of room and turned the back leg into a tail and for some reason made the whole thing double back under the animal. That's commercial design in the 70's for you.

April 20th, 2015

Hockey Canada Hijinx

   Canadian national junior teams are often brought together for a photo day. These aren't on-ice pictures, so rather than take your typical boring studio portraits, they sometimes shake things up with some interesting and downright bizarre shots. Take this one for example. Is Dan Cleary shaving with that skate, or suggesting that he could floss with it between that big ol' gap toothed grin of his? We may never know...or care. Nice glasses though!

April 14th, 2015

Hottie Card!

   It's time for me to give you guys a treat. This one doesn't belong in the Bad Hockey Card Blog so much as the Awesome Hockey Card Blog! Yes, our little Samantha Micelli is all grown up, and looking smoking hot, as it happens. This is part of a set from Pinnacle called "Fans Of The Game" in which they showcase celebrity hockey fans, though the set really pushes the boundaries of what you'd consider celebrity. No complaints on this one however!

April 3rd, 2015

Confused Athletes #2

   With the impending baseball season close to getting underway, I thought this might be a timely addition to the BHCB. Here's Hall Of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine taking a slap shot in his full Atlanta Braves uniform. Like the Steve Nash entry, this appears to be a real fish-out-of-water image. However, what you may not know is that Tom was a star high school hockey player and was drafted by the LA Kings in 1984...two rounds earlier than Brett Hull and five rounds earlier than the Kings would pick Luc Robitaille. Though it would have been cool to see Tom on the ice, I think when he looks back on the choosing of his baseball career, he'll say it actually turned out not too bad. In any case, we'll always have this card to remind us of what could have been!

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