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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

88-89 OPC Tribute; Ovechkin, Lundqvist and Hawerchuk

#36 - Alexander Ovechkin
 A four time 50 goal scorer and 2 time Hart Trophy winner, Alexander Ovechkin hopes to regain that form in 2011-12 after his worst statistical season of his young career.  Ovechkin set career lows in goals (32), points (85), and shots (367).  His shot total was still good enough to lead the league, a feat he has accomplished every season he has been in the league.  Ovechkin holds three of the top 6 single season shot totals of all-time.
  Ovechkin is also an all-star off the ice.  Here's a video highlighting his top 10 off-ice moments.  It is from 2009, so there should be a part 2 and 3 to this already.

#37 - Henrik Lundqvist

  Henrik Lundqvist has been a model of consistency for the New York Rangers.  In his six year career, Lundvist has won over 30 games every season and his GAA has ranged from 2.43 down to 2.23.
  For this card I was torn between two pictures.  I like the picture I used since the colour really popped on it and it is a nice action shot.  The other photo I liked was also a great action shot.  It was a play were Henrik lost his helmet and it would have been quite different from any of the other cards I made for goalies to date.  The reason I didn't use it was due to the quality of the colour.  The picture doesn't look as vibrant or fresh.

#104 - Dale Hawerchuk

  Dale Hawerchuk's best years were spent with the Winnipeg Jets.  He had five straight years of 100pts and never scored at less than a point per game foe the club.  Unfortunately, largley due to playing in the same division as the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, team success did not follow.  In his nine years as a Jet, the team only won one play-off round, were swept 5 times and had a combined record of 9-29.
  At odds with management, Hawerchuk asked for a trade and in 1990 he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres, and the play-off woes continued.  The Sabres won one play-off series in five years.  Hawerchuk never found any play-off success until he joined the Philadelphia Flyers.  In Hawerchuk's final season, 1996-97, the Flyers made it to the Stanley Cup finals...  where they got swept.
  Hawerchuk, forced to retire at age 33 due to hip injuries, finished his career with 518 goals and 1409 points.

There isn't much for tribute videos for Dale Hawerchuk.  This video is from his 2001 Hockey Hall of Fame induction and is followed by his acceptance speech.  The sound isn't very good.  You may need to turn down the volume first.


  1. Are these the OPC retro variants this year?

  2. I wish. I am attempting to post a 132 card tribute set of the 88-89 OPC design. 90 active players, 30 legends and 12 rookies.

  3. That's a pretty solid compliment, though!