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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.

   


September 29th, 2014



The Least Exciting Card in Hockey History

   Hockey is a fast-paced, thrilling game that keeps people on the edge of their seat! Hockey cards usually try to reflect that excitement and emotion. How better to do that than to show a player just sitting there in front a nondescript backdrop wearing gray sweats? The one minor reprieve we may have gotten would have been a cool NHL logo, but astonishingly, we don't even get that as Tampa Bay went with the oh-so-boring wordmark on this outfit. Yawn...




September 22nd, 2014



"...and in this corner, Charlie Burns!"

   No, Charlie Burns isn't getting ready to be somebody's sparring partner in the ring, that's actually a hockey helmet. Charlie had a serious head injury in junior and actually had a plate in his head, thus the extra padded helmet. He was actually one of the early pioneers of helmet use, though it still took a while for the practice to catch on with the rest of the league. A quick look at this hockey card illustrates why players may have been a tad reluctant to don head gear.




September 15th, 2014



Don't Feed The Animals! #2

   HOLY SHIT MAN, THAT'S A RHINO!!!




September 5th, 2014



Don't Feed The Animals!

   Yeah, so this is Dean McAmmond feeding deer on a snowmobile. You may be asking what that has to do with hockey, and I'm sorry to say that I don't have an answer for you. This isn't even from one of those weird "Be A Player" sets that for some reason celebrate the player's lives away from the game, but rather from a standard issue set otherwise featuring guys playing hockey. However, someone decided that to shake things up, perhaps they could show a couple of cards featuring players randomly feeding animals. If you're in to that, stick around for the next exciting entry in this series...




September 4th, 2014



Tron Helmets

   Another pair of airbrushing atrocities from the 89-90 set, these cards are less about the jersey than changing the colour of the helmet. Unfortunately, those helmets came off a little too "digital", and are extremely reminiscent of the helmets worn in the original Tron movie. As it happens, they actually wore hockey helmets in that movie which doesn't exactly hurt the comparison.




September 2nd, 2014



Cup Check! #2

   Once again we have an outstanding picture of a nut shot, and is there anything in this world more entertaining, really? There is little doubt from Kevin MacKay's expression that this one landed, either. He was surely singing soprano after this game.



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