Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Greg Malone (Hockey)

(1956 - )

Birth Name: William Gregory Malone

Birthplace: Chatham, NB, Canada

NHL player and executive and high school coach, best known for his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is the older brother of former minor league hockey player Jim Malone, the father of NHL player Ryan Malone, the uncle of NHL player Brad Malone and the uncle of junior league player Brett Malone.

Juniors:

Center (C):

- Oshawa Generals (Ontario Hockey Association) (1973-1974)
- Oshawa Generals (Ontario Major Junior Hockey League) (1974-1976)

NHL:

- Pittsburgh Penguins (1976-1983)
- Hartford Whalers (1983-1985)
- Quebec Nordiques (1986, 1987)

Coaching:

- Pine-Richland Rams (Assistant Coach) (Gibsonia, PA) (2016-2017)

Executive:

- Pittsburgh Penguins (Amateur Scout) (1988-1989)
- Pittsburgh Penguins (Director of Scouting) (1989-2006)
- Phoenix Coyotes (Pro Scout) (2007-2009)
- Tampa Bay Lightning (Head Pro Scout) (2009-2013)
- 2 Time Prince of Wales Champion (1991-1992)
- 2 Time Stanley Cup Champion (1991-1992)
- 1 Time Presidents' Trophy (Most Regular Season Team Points) (1993)

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a page from a Pittsburgh Penguins program care of his residence in Pittsburgh, PA. Received the page back signed and personalized.

Sent: 2/24/18
Received: 7/18/18

Friday, July 6, 2018

Kevin Stevens (Hockey)

(1965 - )

Birth Name: Kevin Stevens

Birthplace: Brockton, MA, USA

NHL player and executive, best known for his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is the father of collegiate hockey player Luke Stevens. He is currently the special assignment scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

NCAA:

Left Winger (LW):

- Boston College Eagles (1983-1987)
- 4 Time Hockey East Champion (1984-1987)
- 1 Time NCAA Frozen Four (1985)
- 1 Time Hockey East Tournament Champion (1987)
- 1 Time AHCA West Second-Team All-American
- 1 Time All-Hockey East First Team

NHL:

Left Winger (LW):

- Pittsburgh Penguins (1988-1995, 2001-2002)
- Boston Bruins (1995-1996)
- Los Angeles Kings (1996-1997)
- New York Rangers (1997-2000)
- Philadelphia Flyers (2000-2001)
- 2 Time Stanley Cup Champion (1991-1992)
- 2 Time Prince of Wales Champion (1991-1992)
- 3 Time All-Star Game
- 1 Time First All-Star Team
- 2 Time Second All-Star Team
- 1 Time Presidents' Trophy (Most Regular Season Team Points) (1993)

Minor:

Left Winger (LW):

- Muskegon Lumberjacks (International Hockey League) (1988-1989)

International (Team USA):

Left Winger (LW):

- 1987 World Ice Hockey Championships (Austria)
- 1988 Winter Olympics (Calgary)

Executive:

- Pittsburgh Penguins (Scout) (2005-2012)
- Pittsburgh Penguins (Special Assignment Scout) (2017-present)
- 2 Time Eastern Conference Champion (2008-2009)
- 1 Time Stanley Cup Champion (2009)

Accolades (NHL):

- 50 Goal Season (54: 1991-92)
- 50 Goal Season (55: 1992-93)
- 100 Point Season (123: 1991-92)
- 100 Point Season (111: 1992-93)

Accolades (Pittsburgh Penguins):

- Pittsburgh Penguins Ring of Honor
- #8 Points, Career (555)
- #1 Goals, Playoff Season (17: 1990-91)
- 1 Time Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Good Guy Award (1993)

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

Sent: 6/13/18
Received: 7/6/18

Adam Hall (Hockey)

(1980 - )

Birth Name: Adam John Hall

Birthplace: Kalamazoo, MI, USA

NHL player, best known for his time with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Juniors:

Right Winger (RW):

- Newmarket Hurricanes (Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League) (1996)
- Bramalea Blues (Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League) (1996-1997)

NCAA:

Right Winger (RW):

- Michigan State Spartans (1998-2002)
- 2 Time NCAA Frozen Four (1999, 2001)
- 2 Time CCHA Champion (1999, 2001)
- 2 Time CCHA Tournament Champion (2000-2001)
- 1 Time All-CCHA Second Team
- All-CCHA Rookie Team (1999)
- CCHA All-Tournament Team (2001)

Minors:

Right Winger (RW):

- Milwaukee Admirals (American Hockey League) (2001, 2002)
- Norfolk Admirals (American Hockey League) (2009-2010)

NHL:

Right Winger (RW):

- Nashville Predators (2001, 2002-2004, 2005-2006)
- New York Rangers (2006-2007)
- Minnesota Wild (2007)
- Pittsburgh Penguins (2007-2008)
- Tampa Bay Lightning (2008-2009, 2010-2012)
- Carolina Hurricanes (2013)
- Philadelphia Flyers (2013-2014)
- 1 Time Eastern Conference Champion (2008)

Finland:

Right Winger (RW):

- KalPa (Mestis) (2004-2005)
- 1 Time Mestis Champion (2005)

Germany:

Right Winger (RW):

- Ravensburg Tower Stars (2nd Bundesliga) (2013)

Switzerland:

Right Winger (RW):

- HC Ambrì-Piotta (National League A) (2014-2017)

International (Team USA):

Right Winger (RW):

- 1999 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (Canada)
- 2000 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (Sweden)
- 2003 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships (Finland)
- 2004 IIHF World Championship (Czech Republic - Bronze Medal)
- 2005 IIHF World Championship (Austria)
- 2006 IIHF World Championship (Latvia)
- 2007 IIHF World Championship (Russia)

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

Sent: 6/13/18
Received: 7/6/18

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Jeff Carlson (Hockey)

(1953 - )

Birth Name: Jeff Carlson

Birthplace: Virginia, MN, USA

WHA player and actor, best known for his time with the Minnesota Fighting Saints. One third of the fabled Hanson Brothers from Slap Shot (1977). He is the older brother of former NHL players Jack Carlson and Steve Carlson.

Minors:

Right Winger (RW):

- Marquette Iron Rangers (United States Hockey League) (1973-1974)
- Johnstown Jets (North American Hockey League) (1974-1976)
- Greensboro Generals (Southern Hockey League) (1976)
- Hampton Gulls (Southern Hockey League) (1976)
- Mohawk Valley Comets (North American Hockey League) (1976-1977)
- Phoenix Roadrunners (Pacific Hockey League) (1977-1979)
- Springfield Indians (American Hockey League) (1978)
- Muskegon Mohawks (International Hockey League) (1979-1982)
- Fort Wayne Comets (International Hockey League) (1981)
- 1 Time Lockart Cup Champion (NAHL Champion) (1975)

World Hockey Association:

Right Winger (RW):

- Minnesota Fighting Saints (1976)

 Other Awards and Honors:

- DVD Premiere Award (Best Supporting Actor - 2003) (As The Hanson Brothers)

I got an autographed photo of all three of The Hanson Brothers. Unsure of where it came from or when, but probably 1996 or 1997.

Geraldine Heaney

(1967 - )

Birth Name: Geraldine Heaney

Birthplace: Lurgan, ARM, Northern Ireland

Professional hockey player, roller hockey player and collegiate coach, best known for her time with the Toronto Aeros and Canadian National Team. She was the third woman to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. She is currently a head instructor at the Pro Hockey Life Academy in Ancaster, ON.

Career:

Defense (D):

- Toronto Aeros (Ontario Women's Hockey Association) (1980-1992)
- Toronto Aeros (Central Ontario Women's Hockey League) (1992-1999)
- Toronto Aeros (National Women's Hockey League) (1999-2004)
- 3 Time OWHA Top Defenseman (1988, 1992-1993)
- 4 Time Esso National Champion (1991, 1993, 2000, 2004)
- 1 Time OWHA Champion (1991)
- 1 Time COWHL Champion (1993)
- 3 Time Esso National Championship Tournament Best Defender (1993, 1997, 2001)
- 4 Time NWHL Champion (2000-2002, 2004)
- #91 retired by Toronto Aeros

Collegiate:

Defense (D):

- Seneca Sting (1985-1988)
- 1 Time OCCA Champion (1987)
- 1 Time All-OCCA All-Star Team
- 1 Time OCCA Championship All-Star Team
- Seneca Sting Hall of Fame Class of 2002
- OCCA Hall of Fame Class of 2003
- OCAA’s All-Millennium Hockey Team member (2013)

International (Team Canada):

Defense (D):

- 1990 IIHF Women's World Championship (Canada - Gold Medal)
- 1992 IIHF Women's World Championship (Finland - Gold Medal)
- 1994 IIHF Women's World Championship (USA - Gold Medal)
- 1996 Women's Pacific Rim Championship (Canada - Gold Medal)
- 1997 3 Nations Cup (Canada/USA - Silver Medal)
- 1997 IIHF Women's World Championship (Canada - Gold Medal)
- 1998 3 Nations Cup (Finland - Gold Medal)
- 1998 Winter Olympics (Nagano - Silver Medal)
- 1999 IIHF Women's World Championship (Finland - Gold Medal)
- 2000 4 Nations Cup (USA - Gold Medal)
- 2000 IIHF Women's World Championship (Canada - Gold Medal)
- 2001 3 Nations Cup (Finland - Gold Medal)
- 2001 IIHF Women's World Championship (USA - Gold Medal)
- 2002 Winter Olympics (Salt Lake City - Gold Medal)
- 1 Time IIHF World Championship All-Star Team (1992)
- 2 Time IIHF World Championship Best Defenseman (1992, 1994)
- 1 Time Women's Nationals MVP (1992)
- 3 Time Women's Nationals Best Defender (1993, 1997, 2001)
- IIHF Hall of Fame Class of 2008

Roller Hockey:

International (Team Canada):

Defense (D):

- 1992 Women's Roller Hockey World Cup (Germany - Gold Medal)
- 1994 Women's Roller Hockey World Cup (Portugal - Silver Medal)

Coaching:

- Waterloo Warriors (Women's) (Head Coach) (U Sports) (2006-2012)

Other Awards & Honors:

- Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013
- Canada's Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Sent a letter, self-addressed stamped envelope and a custom index card care of the Pro Hockey Life Academy. Received my card back signed and personalized.

Sent: 6/4/18
Received: 7/3/18

Friday, June 29, 2018

Tim McCormick

(1962 - )

Birth Name: Timothy Daniel McCormick

Birthplace: Detroit, MI, USA

NBA player and analyst, best known for his time with the Seattle SuperSonics.

NCAA:

Center (C):

- Michigan Wolverines (1980-1981, 1982-1984)
- 1 Time NIT Champion (1984)
- NIT MVP (1984)
- University of Michigan Hall of Honor Class of 2006

NBA:

Center (C):

- Seattle SuperSonics (1984-1986)
- Philadelphia 76ers (1986-1988)
- New Jersey Nets (1988)
- Houston Rockets (1988-1990)
- Atlanta Hawks (1990-1991)
- New York Knicks (1991-1992)

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

Sent: 6/4/18
Received: 6/29/18

Keith Van Horn

(1975 - )

Birth Name: Keith Adam Van Horn

Birthplace: Fullerton, CA, USA

NBA player, best known for his time with the New Jersey Nets.

NCAA:

Forward (F):

- Utah Utes (1993-1997)
- 3 Time WAC Champion (1995-1997)
- 2 Time WAC Tournament Champion (1995, 1997)
- 1 Time Consensus First-Team All-American
- 1 Time Consensus Second-Team All-American
- 4 Time First-Team All-WAC
- 3 Time WAC Player of the Year (1995-1997)
- University of Utah Crimson Club Hall of Fame Class of 2012
- #44 retired by Utah Utes

NBA:

Small Forward (SF):

- New Jersey Nets (1997-2002)
- Philadelphia 76ers (2002-2003)
- New York Knicks (2003-2004)
- Milwaukee Bucks (2004-2005)
- Dallas Mavericks (2005-2006)
- 1 Time Eastern Conference Champion (2002)
- 1 Time Western Conference Champion (2006)
- NBA All-Rookie First-Team (1998)

Accolades (Brooklyn Nets):

- #15 Regular Season Points, Career (5,700)

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

Sent: 6/4/18
Received: 6/29/18