Friday, February 5, 2016

Francis Bouillon TTM Success

Mailed:  12/6/2013
Received:  2/4/2016
Days:  790
c/o: Montreal Canadiens

An extremely long wait for this one.  Franky is now retired and does a lot of PR events for the Canadiens.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Nail Yakupov TTM Success

Mailed:  1/4/2016
Received:  1/30/2016
Days:  26
c/o: Edmonton Oilers

I was very surprised to get this one back so fast.  The Oilers' players usually send stuff out after the season is over.  Nail just come off of an injury, so maybe he used that time to answer mail.  His best bet is to probably get out of Edmonton.  That place seems to be where good young players go to die.  He was exciting to watch in Jr. with the Sting, so hopefully he can find that again with another club in the NHL.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Richard Panik TTM Success

Mailed:  12/7/2015
Received:  1/16/2016
Days:  35
c/o: Toronto Marlies

I watched Richard Panik play quite often when he was with the Belleville Bulls.  He has had some decent numbers in the AHL and probably deserves an NHL spot.  He had 25 points in 33 games with the Marlies before the Leafs traded him to the Chicago Blackhawks.  He hasn't played for their farm team yet, but probably will soon.  You may see him back in the NHL soon too.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Michael McCarron TTM Success

Mailed:  12/7/2015
Received:  12/22/2015
Days:  15
c/o: St. John's Ice Caps

I have been a big fan of McCarron since he was drafted by the Habs, and chose to go to the OHL to gain experience and further develop his skills.  He started with London and played there for 1 full season and then was traded to the Oshawa Generals in the middle of last season, which is where he helped them win the Memorial Cup.  He is a big power forward who can score, which is what the Habs need right now.  He has 24 points in 28 games in the AHL this year so far.  He got this card back to me in 15 days, and in the middle of all of that, he was called up by the Canadiens, for 2 games!  They sent him back down already, but I have to think he won't be down there for long.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Radim Vrbata TTM Success

Mailed:  1/29/2015
Received:  10/25/2015
Days:  269
c/o: Vancouver Canucks

Radim Vrbata has been a great addition to the Canucks.  He had 31 goals and 63 points last season, playing with the Sedins.  He has bounced around a bit during his career, so maybe he will stick around in Vancouver for a while.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Genevieve Lacasse IP

My daughter plays goal for our local rep team.  This summer, presented a huge opportunity for her right in our home town.  Fine Line Conditioning, is a hockey training company based out of Kingston, Ontario.  They ran a camp in Napanee, that was for female goalies only.  It was instructed by Kory Cooper(who is now a goalie consultant for the Ottawa Senators) and Genevieve Lacasse, who is the current goalie for the women's team Canada, and the Boston Blades.  She is an Olympic gold medal winning goalie, and you couldn't ask for a better role model for young female goalies.  At the end of the week, she signed autographs and posed with the kids with her gold medal.  I even tweeted out to her after my daughter won her first tournament.  I thanked her for the work she did with her in the summer.  She tweeted us back, congratulating my daughter.
Here are the cards she signed for us.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bryan Little TTM Success

Mailed:  10/5/2011
Received:  8/21/2015
Days:  1416
c/o: Winnipeg Jets

So this is 2 long outstanding returns I have gotten from the Jets recently.  I am not sure if its the team or the players.  This is by far the longest wait I have had for a return since I started back doing this.  Just shy of 4 years.  Its still pretty cool to add these to my collection.  I watched Bryan play alot while he was with the Barrie Colts and I was always impressed with his play back then.