Thursday, July 20, 2017

New NHL Players added to my collection: 1751-1760

In the second installment of this series, all 10 players highlighted come from a run of 1980-81 Topps that populated a 100-card snaplock I purchased in June. They finished the first post and will start the third post as well! I had quite a big run on the set, getting more than 20 cards from it overall.

1751. Thomas Gradin
1980-81 Topps #241
My first card really showing the neat Flying V uniform that Vancouver wore at this time. From Solleftea, Sweden, he played 677 games scoring 209 goals and 384 assists, spanning the 1978-79 through 1986-87 seasons. He mostly played for the Canucks but ended his career with a final season with the Bruins.

1752. Doug Jarvis
1980-81 Topps #76
Jarvis hails from Brantford, Ontario. He played in the NHL from 1975-76 through 1987-88 with the Canadiens, Captials and Whalers. He played 964 games, scoring 139 goals and 264 assists.  He won four Stanley Cups with Montreal and two awards: 1983-84 Selke and 1986-87 Masterson Memorial Trophy. He never missed a game in his NHL career, and is currently an assistant coach for the Canucks. His record of consecutive games played of 964 still stands as of the conclusion of 2016-17.

1753. Nick Fotiu
1980-81 Topps #184
From Staten Island, NY, Fotiu is the first player who was in the WHA to appear in this project. He played from 1974-75 through 1988-89, playing a combined 756 games scoring 65 goals and 81 assists. He played for the Whalers, Rangers, Whalers again, Rangers again, Flames, Flyers, and Oilers.

1754. Rocky Saganiuk
1980-81 Topps #64
From Myrnam, Alberta, Saganiuk had a short NHL career but a long professional career. He played in the NHL only from 1978-79 through 1983-84, for the Maple Leafs and Penguins, scoring 57 goals and 65 assists. However, he played professionally in other leagues up through 1994-95!

1755. Dick Redmond
1980-81 Topps #36
From Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Redmond had a long career, playing 771 games and posting 133 goals and 312 assists, playing for the North Stars, Golden Seals, BlackHawks, Blues, Atlanta Flames and Bruins. His brother Mickey played in the NHL as well but is not present in my collection yet.

1756. Bill Derlago
1980-81 Topps #11
From Birtle, Manitoba, Derlago played in the NHL from 1978-79 through 1986-87. He played for the Canucks, Maple Leafs, Bruins, Jets and Nordiques. He played for three teams during 1985-86. His totals are 555 games played, 189 goals and 227 assists.

1757. Joel Quenneville
1980-81 Topps #19
I was pretty excited to get this card as it's only the second Colorado Rockies card in my collection.
Quenneville, from Windsor, played in the NHL from 1978-79 through 1990-91. He played for the Maple Leafs, Rockies and Devils (moving with the team in 1982), Whalers and Capitals. He played 803 games, scoring 54 goals and 136 assists. He has found considerable success as a coach, having been a coach for the last 22 seasons, with the Blues, Avalanche and Blackhawks, where he led them to three Stanley Cups in the past decade. He has been coach for 1539 games, winning 851 of them. In his 21 years behind the bench, his teams have only missed the playoffs twice. (discounting 2004-05 which was locked out). Perhaps surprisingly, he has only one Jack Adams award, which he won in 1999-00 with the Blues.

1758. Dave Hutchison
1980-81 Topps #78
Hutchison, from London, Ontario, is another player who played in the WHA before the NHL. He started with the Philadelphia Blazers and moved with the team to Vancouver, then, joining the NHL, played with the Kings, Maple Leafs, Black Hawks, Devils and ending his career with the Maple Leafs again. He played a combined total of 681 games, scoring 19 goals and 112 assists.

1759. Reggie Leach
1980-81 Topps #70
Unfortunately on my copy, whoever had it first scratched too hard on the black covering the name and scratched off some of the card surface itself.
From Riverton, Manitoba, he played 934 games spanning the 1970-71 through 1982-83 seasons. He scored 381 goals and 285 assists during that time. He was a two-time all-star, with the Stanley Cup in 1975 and won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1975-76. He played for the Bruins, Golden Seals, Flyers and Red Wings. His son Jamie also played in the NHL.

1760. Rogatien "Rogie" Vachon
1980-81 Topps #110
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016, Vachon played 795 games from 1966-67 through 1981-82. He would win 355 of those games, 51 in shutouts. (23rd most all-time) He played for the Canadiens, Kings, Red Wings and Bruins. He was a three-time All-star, 2 time Stanley Cup winner, and won the 1967-68 Vezina Trophy. With more than 46,000 minutes played, he ranks 15th all-time in that category as well.

And that concludes Chapter 2 in my project. I really don't like the 1980-81 set much due to the hidden names, and total lack of names on the back, but at least they are standard size, unlike the 1980-81 NBA set!


  1. A lot of ex Bruins here. Remember them well

    1. Cool! Hopefully some day I'll be able to say the same. Right now I still need to look stuff up and keep notes on who goes to what card number on the unscratched ones.

  2. Great batch, gotta love that '80s airbrushing!

    1. Some of that is so bad it's actually good!

  3. Nice additions to the collection!

  4. I really like that Flying V uniform.