Sunday, June 23, 2019

Zdeno Chára

(1977 - )

Birth Name: Zdeno Chára

Birthplace: Trenčín, Czechoslovakia (Slovakia)

NHL player. He is currently a defenseman for, and captain of, the Boston Bruins. Standing at 6'9" tall, he is the tallest player in the history of the NHL, the second European-born and raised captain to win the Stanley Cup and the first born and trained within the Iron Curtain to do so.

Slovakia:

Defenseman (D):

- Dukla Trenčín (Slovak Extraliga) (1995, 2001)
- ŠHK 37 Piešťany (Slovak 1.Liga) (1995)

Czech Republic:

Defenseman (D):

- Sparta Prague (Czech Extraliga) (1995)

Juniors:

Defenseman (D):

- Prince George Cougars (Western Hockey League) (1996-1997)

Minors:

Defenseman (D):

- Kentucky Thoroughblades (American Hockey League) (1997-1998)
- Lowell Lock Monsters (American Hockey League) (1998)
- 1 Time AHL All-Star Game
- AHL All-Rookie Team (1998)

NHL:

Defenseman (D):

- New York Islanders (1998-2001)
- Ottawa Senators (2001-2004, 2005-2006)
- Boston Bruins (2006-present)
- 1 Time Stanley Cup Champion (2011)
- 3 Time Eastern Conference Champion (2011, 2013, 2019)
- 6 Time All-Star Game
- 3 Time First All-Star Team
- 4 Time Second All-Star Team
- 2 Time Presidents' Trophy (Most Regular Season Team Points) (2003, 2014)
- James Norris Memorial Trophy (Best Defenseman) (2009)
- Mark Messier Leadership Award (2011)
- NHL Plus/Minus Leader (2011)

Kontinental Hockey League:

Defenseman (D):

- HC Lev Praha (2012)
- 1 Time All-Star Game

International (Team Slovakia):

Defenseman (D):

- 1999 IIHF World Championship (Norway)
- 2000 IIHF World Championship (Russia - Silver Medal)
- 2001 IIHF World Championship (Germany)
- 2004 IIHF World Championship (Czech Republic)
- 2004 World Cup of Hockey
- 2005 IIHF World Championship (Austria)
- 2006 Winter Olympics (Turin)
- 2007 IIHF World Championship (Russia)
- 2010 Winter Olympics (Vancouver)
- 2012 IIHF World Championship (Finland/Sweden - Silver Medal)
- 2014 Winter Olympics (Sochi)
- 2 Time World Championship All-Star Team (2004, 2012)
- 2 Time Olympic Team Captain (2010, 2014)
- World Championship Best Defenseman (2012)

International (Team Europe):

Defenseman (D):

- 2016 World Cup of Hockey (Silver Medal)

Accolades (Boston Bruins):

- Team Captain (2006-present)

Accolades (HC Lev Praha):

- Team Captain (2012)

Other Awards & Honors:

- 5 Time NHL Hardest Shot Competition Winner (2007-2009, 2011-2012)
- 3 Time Golden Puck Award (Slovakian Player of the Year) (2009, 2011-2012)
- Record for hardest recorded shot at Hardest Shot Competition (108.8 mph) (2012)
- NHL All-Star Game Captain (2012)
- The Hockey News' John Ferguson Award (Toughest Player) (2013)
- Olympic Flag Bearer for Team Slovakia (2014)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of the Boston Bruins. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 3/29/19
Received: 6/22/19

José Leclerc

(1993 - )

Birth Name: José Ramón Leclerc

Birthplace: Esperanza, Dominican Republic

MLB player. He is currently a pitcher for the Texas Rangers.

Minors:

Pitcher (P):

- DSL Rangers (Dominican Summer League) (2011-2012)
- Hickory Crawdads (South Atlantic League) (2013)
- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Carolina League) (2014)
- Frisco RoughRiders (Texas League) (2015-2017)
- Round Rock Express (Pacific Coast League) (2016, 2018)

Dominican Republic:

Pitcher (P):

- Gigantes del Cibao (Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana) (2014-2015, 2016-2019)
- 1 Time LIDOM Champion (2014-2015)

MLB:

Pitcher (P):

- Texas Rangers (2016-present)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of the Texas Rangers. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 5/28/19
Received: 6/22/19

Monday, June 17, 2019

Carlos Henderson

(1994 - )

Birth Name: Carlos Henderson

Birthplace: New Orleans, LA, USA

NFL player and CFL player. He is currently a practice squad wide receiver for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

NCAA:

Kick Returner (KR)/Wide Receiver (WR):

- Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (2014-2016)
- 1 Time Heart of Dallas Bowl Champion (2014)
- 1 Time New Orleans Bowl Champion (2015)
- 1 Time Armed Forces Bowl Champion (2016)
- 2 Time First-Team All-C-USA (KR/WR)
- 3 Time Honorable Mention All-C-USA (KR/KR/WR)
- C-USA Offensive Player of the Year (2016)
- C-USA Special Teams Player of the Year (2016)

NFL:

Wide Receiver (WR):

- Denver Broncos (2017-2018)
- Washington Redskins (Practice Squad) (2018)

Canadian Football League:

Wide Receiver (WR):

- Saskatchewan Roughriders (Practice Squad) (2019-present)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of his residence in New Orleans, LA. Received my card back signed and personalized.

Sent: 5/28/19
Received: 6/17/19

Danielle Goyette

(1966 - )

Birth Name: Danielle Goyette

Birthplace: Saint-Nazaire, QC, Canada

Professional hockey player, collegiate hockey coach and women's national team coach, best known for her time with the Canadian National Team. She is currently the head women's hockey coach at the University of Calgary.

International (Team Canada):

Forward (F):

- 1992 IIHF Women's World Championship (Finland - Gold Medal)
- 1994 IIHF Women's World Championship (USA - Gold Medal)
- 1997 IIHF Women's World Championship (Canada - Gold Medal)
- 1998 Winter Olympics (Nagano - Silver Medal)
- 1999 IIHF Women's World Championship (Finland - Gold Medal)
- 2000 IIHF Women's World Championship (Canada - Gold Medal)
- 2001 IIHF Women's World Championship (USA - Gold Medal)
- 2002 Winter Olympics (Salt Lake City - Gold Medal)
- 2004 IIHF Women's World Championship (Canada - Gold Medal)
- 2005 IIHF Women's World Championship (Sweden - Silver Medal)
- 2006 Winter Olympics (Turin - Gold Medal)
- 2007 IIHF Women's World Championship (Canada - Gold Medal)
- 1 Time World Championship All-Star Team (1994)

International (Team Alberta):

Forward (F):

- 2003 Esso Women's National Hockey Championship
- Abby Hoffman Cup Champion (Esso Women's Nationals Champion) (2003)
- Esso Women's Nationals MVP (2003)

Coaching:

- Calgary Dinos (Women's) (Head Coach) (U Sports) (2007-present)
- 1 Time U Sports Tournament Champion (2012)

International (Team Canada):

Assistant Coach:

- 2008 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship (Canada - Silver Medal)
- 2009 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship (Germany - Silver Medal)
- 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship (USA - Gold Medal)
- 2013 IIHF Women's World Championship (Canada - Silver Medal)
- 2014 Winter Olympics (Women's) (Sochi - Gold Medal)

Hall of Fame Inductions:

- IIHF Hall of Fame Class of 2013
- Canada's Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015
- Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 (Player)

Other Awards & Honors:

- Olympic Flag Bearer for Team Canada (2006)
- Order of Hockey in Canada (2018)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a custom index card care of the University of Calgary's Athletics Department. Received my card back signed and personalized and an additional signed photo card.

Sent: 4/3/19
Received: 6/17/19

Kirk Muller

(1966 - )

Birth Name: Kirk Christopher Muller

Birthplace: Kingston, ON, Canada

NHL player and coach, collegiate coach, minor league coach and national team coach, best known for his time with the New Jersey Devils. He is currently an associate coach for the Montreal Canadiens and an assistant coach for the Canadian National Team.

Juniors:

Center (C):

- Kingston Voyageurs (Metro Junior A Hockey League) (1980-1981)
- Kingston Canadians (Ontario Hockey League) (1981-1982)
- Guelph Platers (Ontario Hockey League) (1982-1984)
- Jack Ferguson Award (OHL Top Draft Pick) (1982)
- William Hanley Trophy (OHL Most Sportsmanlike) (1983)

NHL:

Center (C):

- New Jersey Devils (1984-1991)
- Montreal Canadiens (1991-1995)
- New York Islanders (1995)
- Toronto Maple Leafs (1995-1997)
- Florida Panthers (1997-1999)
- Dallas Stars (1999-2003)
- 1 Time Stanley Cup Champion (1993)
- 1 Time Prince of Wales Champion (1993)
- 1 Time Western Conference Champion (2000)
- 6 Time All-Star Game

International (Team Canada):

Center (C):

- 1984 Winter Olympics (Sarajevo)
- 1984 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (Sweden)
- 1985 World Ice Hockey Championships (Czechoslovakia - Silver Medal)
- 1986 Ice Hockey World Championships (USSR - Bronze Medal)
- 1987 Ice Hockey World Championships (Austria)
- 1989 Ice Hockey World Championships (Sweden - Silver Medal)

International (Team NHL All-Stars):

Center (C):

- Rendez-vous '87

Coaching:

- Queen's Golden Gaels (Head Coach) (U Sports) (2005-2006)
- Montreal Canadiens (Assistant Coach) (2006-2011)
- Milwaukee Admirals (Head Coach) (American Hockey League) (2011)
- Carolina Hurricanes (Head Coach) (2012-2014)
- St. Louis Blues (Assistant Coach) (2014-2016)
- Montreal Canadiens (Associate Coach) (2016-present)

International (Team Canada):

Assistant Coach:

- 2005 LOTO Cup (Slovakia - Bronze Medal)
- 2006 IIHF World U18 Championships (Sweden)
- 2012 IIHF World Championship (Finland/Sweden)
- 2019 IIHF World Championship (Slovakia - Silver Medal)

Accolades (Montreal Canadiens):

- Team Captain (1994-1995)

Accolades (New Jersey Devils):

- #3 Points, Career (507)
- 3 Time Most Valuable Devil (1985, 1987-1988)
- Team Captain (1987-1991)
- 1 Time Devils' Players' Player (1988)

Accolades (NHL):

- #51 Games Played, Career (1,349)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of the Montreal Canadiens. Received my card back signed and personalized.

Sent: 2/7/19
Received: 6/17/19

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Martin St. Louis

(1975 - )

Birth Name: Martin St. Louis

Birthplace: Laval, QC, Canada

NHL player and executive and bantam league coach, best known for his time with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is currently a team consultant for the Columbus Blue Jackets and the head coach of the Mid Fairfield Rangers Bantam Major team.

Juniors:

Right Winger (RW):

- Hawkesbury Hawks (Central Canada Hockey League) (1992-1993)

NCAA:

Right Winger (RW):

- Vermont Catamounts (1993-1997)
- 1 Time NCAA Frozen Four (1996)
- 1 Time ECAC Champion (1996)
- 3 Time AHCA East First-Team All-American
- 3 Time All-ECAC Hockey First Team
- All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team (1994)
- ECAC Player of the Year (1995)
- ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team (1996)
- NCAA Scoring Champion (1996)
- #8 retired by Vermont Catamounts

Minors:

Right Winger (RW):

- Cleveland Lumberjacks (International Hockey League) (1997-1998)
- Saint John Flames (American Hockey League) (1998-1999)
- 1 Time Richard F. Canning Trophy (AHL Eastern Conference Playoff Champion) (1998)
- 1 Time Sam Pollock Trophy (AHL Atlantic Division Regular Season Champion) (1998)
- 1 Time AHL All-Star Game

NHL:

Right Winger (RW):

- Calgary Flames (1998, 1999-2000)
- Tampa Bay Lightning (2000-2004, 2005-2014)
- New York Rangers (2014-2015)
- 1 Time Stanley Cup Champion (2004)
- 2 Time Eastern Conference Champion (2004, 2014)
- 6 Time All-Star Game
- 1 Time First All-Star Team
- 4 Time Second All-Star Team
- 2 Time Art Ross Trophy (Regular Season Points Leader) (2004, 2013)
- Hart Memorial Trophy (Regular Season MVP) (2004)
- NHL Plus/Minus Award (2004)
- Ted Lindsay Award (NHLPA Regular Season MVP) (2004)
- 3 Time Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (Sportsmanship) (2010-2011, 2013)
- 1 Time Presidents' Trophy (Most Regular Season Team Points) (2015)
- #26 retired by Tampa Bay Lightning

Switzerland:

Right Winger (RW):

- HC Lausanne (National League A) (2004-2005)

International (Team Canada):

Right Wigner (RW):

- 2004 World Cup of Hockey (Gold Medal)
- 2006 Winter Olympics (Turin)
- 2008 IIHF World Championship (Canada - Silver Medal)
- 2009 IIHF World Championship (Switzerland - Silver Medal)
- 2014 Winter Olympics (Sochi - Gold Medal)
- World Championship All-Star Forward (2009)
- World Championship Scoring Leader (2009)

Coaching:

- Mid Fairfield Rangers Bantam Major (Head Coach) (2018-present)

Executive:

- Columbus Blue Jackets (Team Consultant) (2018-present)

Accolades (NHL):

- #73 (tied) Points, Career (1,033)
- #155 Games Played, Career (1,134)
- 100 Point Season (102: 2006-07)

Accolades (Tampa Bay Lightning):

- #1 Playoff Goals, Career (33)
- #1 Playoff Points, Career (68)
- #1 Regular Season Assists, Career (588)
- #1 Regular Season Points, Career (953)
- #2 Playoff Assists, Career (35)
- #3 Regular Season Goals, Career (365)
- Team Captain (2013-2014)

Accolades (Vermont Catamounts):

- #1 Assists, Career (176)
- #1 (tied) Assists, Season (56: 1995-96)
- #1 Points, Career (267)
- #3 Goals, Career (91)
- Team Captain (1995-1997)
- J. Edward Donnelly Award (Top Male Senior Athlete) (1997)
- UVM's All-Time Team "The ECAC Years" (2006)

Hall of Fame Inductions:

- University of Vermont Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2007
- Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2018 (Player)

Other Awards & Honors:

- AHL Player of the Week (10/24/1999)
- ECAC Top 50 Players (2011)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of his residence in Riverside, CT. Received my card back signed.

Sent: 11/9/18
Received: 6/15/19

Friday, June 14, 2019

Cody O'Connell

(1994 - )

Birth Name: Cody O'Connell

Birthplace: Wenatchee, WA, USA

Collegiate football player, best known for his time with the Washington State Cougars. Nicknamed "The Continent" due to his massive size (6'9" and 352 pounds). He chose to not go to the NFL and instead took the path to work with children as a behavior specialist in Wenatchee, WA and as a trainer and strength coach for high school football players.

NCAA:

Guard (G):

- Washington State Cougars (2015-2017)
- 1 Time Sun Bowl Champion (2015)
- 2 Time Holiday Bowl (2016-2017)
- 1 Time Unanimous First-Team All-American
- 1 Time Consensus First-Team All-American
- 1 Time First-Team All-Pac-12

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a trading card care of his residence in Wenatchee, WA. Received my card back signed and personalized and he also wrote me a very nice letter and hand-wrote the return envelope which I'm not posting due to privacy reasons.

Sent: 5/28/19
Received: 6/14/19