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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Lost Rookies: 1981-82 OPC Tim Tookey

  I have been sitting on this post draft for a few years.  Originally I was planning on sending this card out to get signed via TTM.  Maybe even try to score an interview.  The blog has been largely dormant for the past few years, so my original hopes of getting interviews are long gone.  Now I just wonder who actually read this.  Regardless, I still a few cards I haven't shared, and perhaps will make a few new ones as well.
  Tim Tookey was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2008, AHL Hall of Fame that is.  A skilled offensive threat, Tookey was never able to secure a roster spot in the NHL.  He played in parts of seven NHL seasons while playing for five different teams.
  His best season came was his rookie season in 1980-81, in which Tim netted 23 points in 29 games.  The points and games were both career bests for Tookey.  Tookey had cups of coffee in Quebec, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, before retiring from professional hockey in 1995.  He spent the majority of his professional career as a Hershey Bear in the AHL.  In the AHL, Tookey topped 100pts in a season three times and was league MVP in 1987.
  A highlight in Tookey's NHL career came in a 10-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on November 21, 1981.  Tookey, and teammate Denis Maruk, both recorded Hat Tricks in that game.
  Tim Tookey never had a NHL card.  Below is a custom 1981-82 OPC rookie card of Tim Tookey.

1981-82 OPC #398 - Tim Tookey (RC)

Added July 11, 2021

  Although Tookey played for five different franchises, he played very few games with each during the 1980s, making quality pictures of Tim difficult to find.  I did find one of him as a Nordique, so here's another Tookey card.
1983-84 OPC Tim Tookey

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