With the Winter Olympics in full swing, it's back to hockey for this week's Signature Sundays post. Believe it or not I still have more to show from my favorite hockey set of last year, 2012-13 Panini Classics Signatures. Today we'll look at half a dozen more on-card autos...
Morrow would go on to be a contributing member of all four of the team's Stanley Cup wins in the early '80s. Ken was plagued by constant knee issues during his playing days, which ultimately forced his early retirement during the 1988-89 season. He's currently serving as Director of Pro Scouting for the Islanders.
Mike is most famous for leading the Rangers to Stanley Cup victory in '94, one of the most exciting Finals series I've ever witnessed as a fan. During that time period he was easily one of the top goaltenders in the game, period. Later in his career, Mike would go on to represent team USA in two more winter Olympics, 1998 and 2002, and won a silver medal in the latter! Richter is the Rangers all-time leader in wins, has his number retired by the team, and was elected to the US Hockey Hall of Fame. If you have some time to read up about what he's done in his business life after hockey, it's equally impressive. An interesting man for sure and an autograph I'm really excited to add to my hockey card collection!
Primeau was a very solid player for sure, named an All-Star more than once and serving as Captain for two different franchises. He came close on a couple of occasions but was never able to capture that elusive Stanley Cup.
He was a crucial part of the 1984 Stanley Cup Champion Oilers, especially in the playoffs, but despite that was traded away after the season to the Bruins, missing out on the next three Edmonton championships. Linseman was known as a scrappy player, but sometimes went overboard. Check out this article from the Ottawa Citizen, August 1977, about an incident where he bit another player then stomped on his forehead with his skate blade. No, I'm not kidding.
Happy Gilmore's favorite hockey player had some skill too, scoring 20+ goals quite a few times and regularly recording 50+ point seasons (even had a 90-point campaign in the late '70s). O'Reilly even coached the team briefly after his retirement, and led them to the Stanley Cup Finals. His number was retired by the team back in 2002.
Sets in my Collection #32: 1954 Bowman US Navy Victories - This is a set that I only have one card of, and it was free! Gotta love free- even though one of the corners is literally missing and the card is so severe...