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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.



April 27th, 2016



Phil Watson - Stoner

   What a fantastic picture this is of Phil Watson while he was coaching the Bruins. He looks like he's baked out of his mind in this shot. Upon closer inspection, it appears that he may have suffered a recent eye injury, and by recent I mean about 10 seconds before this picture was taken. It kind of makes you wonder why they used this one, or at least decided to accentuate what was pretty clearly not his "good side". 




April 20th, 2016



"Now With Cleveland...All Of Them"

   It's a very common site to see recently acquired hockey players with the "Now With ______" notation on them. What you typically don't see, however, is an entire team getting traded on a hockey card. As it happens, this very event unfolded in 1976 as the Oakland Seals, packed up and moved to Cleveland to become the Barons.




April 14th, 2016



Colour (in)Correction

   1987-88 will forever be remembered as the year green went supernova, at least as far as this set is considered. This isn't even an example of a botched airbrush attempt, by the way. Dave Tippett had actually been with the Whalers for the previous four seasons. For whatever reason, the guy in charge of the colour correction on these photos was either colour blind or on crack! It's a problem on every green jersey in the set, be it the Hartford Whalers or Minnesota North Stars. 




April 6th, 2016



They Did This On Porpoise!

   I honestly didn't think that Jason Arnott would ever be able to surpass his fantastic waterslide card. Yet, to my surprise, the Be A Player brand goes and hits another one out of the park! Here's Jason (pictured left) having a close encounter with a dolphin (pictured right). Apparently the two struck up quite a friendship and remain pen pals to this day.




March 28th, 2016



It's So Sad 3D Hockey Cards Never Took Off

   This is a pretty interesting entry from the WHA days of the Quebec Nordiques. Richard Brodeur is apparently inventing the "Talk to the hand" gesture in this card photo. Back in the day, they didn't even have on ice photos for everyone, so photographers would occasionally come up with something more interesting to look at. We get an up close and personal look at King Richard's glove hand (Ya gotta love those classic 70's era pads!), while the rest of him remains somewhat out of the field of focus. You have to at least give them some points for trying!




March 22nd, 2016



That's Gonna Leave A Mark!

   Yeah, that's why we wear helmets. Keeping in line with the theme of stick fouls put forth by the previous BHCB entry, we proudly submit the this truly epic picture of Elmer "Moose" Vasko getting tattooed on the forehead by a hockey stick! You can really see by the expression on his face how much he is enjoying this chance encounter with a piece of lumber. Also check out the straightness of that blade. Even the toe is completely squared off! Back in the old days it was hip to be square.




March 15th, 2016



A Close Shave

   Bobby Clarke was known as one of the nastiest players in an age of nasty players. He's depicted here about to decapitate his Czech opponent in the '76 Canada Cup. This card is titled "Fast & Furious". The emphasis is clearly on the furious part of things.




March 8th, 2016



Awkward Workout Photos #2

   We all know that Wendel Clark was a beast when it came to strength. And in hockey circles, strength is cool. So why is it that this card of Wendel Clark with a weight is the very antithesis of cool? This picture is just awkward as hell. 




February 29th, 2016



"WHY YOU LITTLE...!!!"

   Happy Leap Year, folks! Here's Dale Hawerchuk pretend strangling his son on the front of hockey card. At least we hope that's actually his kid. It seems like an odd pose choice but then again we've seen a lot of strange things so far through this journey at the BHCB. Homer Simpson would be proud!




February 22nd, 2016



Ogie Ogilthorpe Lives!

  Most hockey fans consider Slapshot to be the greatest hockey movie ever made. You may not know this, but one of the great characters in that film, the infamous Ogie Ogilthorpe, was actually based on a real person. His name was Bill "Goldie" Goldthorpe, and he was one of the toughest and craziest mofo's of all time. TSN did a classic feature on him that you can check out here. This card itself has some real character, what with the splattered blood and band-aid. His trademark afro alone is worth the price of this card!




February 15th, 2016



Spot The Error #2

  This actually seems like a pretty nice card. It's a good looking action shot of Jonathan Cheechoo ready to make a big play. So what's the problem? Like with our last entry I'll give you a minute to puzzle it out. Have a close look at the details of this card and we'll see if you can spot the flaw. Did you find it yet? Well, here's the answer; Closer inspection of this card shows Cheechoo getting checked by a member of the... San Jose Sharks! Yep, it's a strictly frowned upon practice in the business to take a photo from a team scrimmage and try to pass it off as actual game footage, but sometimes companies press their luck in the race to get new rookies into their card sets. Nice try, Upper Deck!




February 9th, 2016



Spot The Error

   What's wrong with this picture? I'll give you a moment to spot the problem, so take a close look. Figure it out yet? And no, I'm not referring to that ugly blob of white spray paint that some designer thought would really make the finishing touch to this card design. Check out the vintage Canuck logo Len Lunde is wearing in this picture. It's actually backwards. The hockey stick is supposed to be coming out of the other side of the rink, so as to form a "C" for Canucks. The producers of this card inadvertently reversed the image and never caught the mistake... or perhaps they thought he'd be more effective as a right-hander?




February 2nd, 2016



Confused Athletes #3

   As we head into final week before the Superbowl, it seems like a fitting time for the third edition of "Confused Athletes" in the BHCB. In this Upper Deck entry, we have Alex Ovechkin changing sports as he attempts to launch a Hail Mary in practice. He has long been known for his ability to quarterback a powerplay in the NHL, so I suppose this is just the next logical step!



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