13-14 Panini Titanium Box Break (Part 1)

 I am here with a story to tell before I get onto the box. A few weeks ago, Panini announced an autograph signing of Adam Henrique:
I decided to attend the signing today in Howell, New Jersey. I met Adam and I had a great time talking to him. He signed a couple of base cards I had sitting around my desk. It was a great event and it was a pleasure to meet him. Not too long after that, the store was holding a raffle. The raffle prize was two hobby boxes of 13-14 Panini Titanium. I decided to enter and I waited until the held the raffle. They were announcing the names and I was waiting for the ticket. They read the numbers and it turns out. I WON!!! I was very happy at the moment and received many Congratulations. I thanked the Panini representative and the store owner. As soon as I got home, I opened the box. I was not expecting anything big, but I was wrong. Here are the results of my break. But first, here are is Henrique card I got signed:
Now onto the box – The hits
  1. Game Worn Gear Craig Smith
  1. Game Worn Gear Marty McSorely
  1. Metallic Marks Bronze Joe Finley
And now for two great hits:
For the Boston Bruins, Captain, Olympian, Zdeno Chara:
Game Worn Gear Jersey Auto /50
Now I thought that was the hit of the box and I was probably getting a jersey of some sort in the last pack. Nope, I got one of the nicest cards in the product…
Home Sweaters….
Dual Patches……
A great hit to end of a single box. I was very happy with this pull.
I will bust the second box next week some time….
Everything is For Sale / For Trade.
Thank You for looking and comments are always appreciated.

You lose one you win one – New Jersey’s offseason


When the Devils entered Free Agency on July 5, they had one main goal they needed to accomplish. The Devils made a big move on the draft day by dealing their 1 round pick to Vancouver for goaltender Cory Schneider. Schneider will answer the question the Devils were looking for: “Who will be in net after Broduer retires? New Jersey needed to sign forward David Clarkson. Clarkson, a Toronto native, spent his entire NHL career with the NJ Devils. Clarkson left the Devils to join his hometown team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Devils were disappointed by the loss. Though, they filled the hole left by Clarkson by adding Rostislav Olesz, Ryane Clowe, and former 35 goal scorer Michael Ryder. Clowe will help the Devils with their toughness. Ryder really help the Devils because he can score goals. Though, when everything was going “Ok” for New Jersey, Russian superstar Ilya Kovalchuk has decided to leave the NHL and play for Russia. Two of the best goal scorers on your team gone in a matter of days. How do the Devils replace their best player and quarterback of the power play? With most of the free agents already signed is there even a possibly that the Devils can replace him. Well, Lou Lamoriello and the Devils have managed to find a player who been capable of putting the same numbers up as Kovalchuk. Jaromir Jagr has joined the NJ Devils. Jagr, scored 16 goals in the shortened season during the regular season with Dallas and Boston. Though, in the postseason, he did not produce and his team lost the Stanley Cup finals. Jagr is renowned for his leadership in the dressing room. He can help the Devils youngsters to progress into rising stars. This is exactly what the Devils needed. They can build their prospects into great players with the help from Jagr. Though, will Lou make another move. Damien Brunner was expected to be a Devil according to several reports. Mason Raymond was also thought to be an option for Lou and the Devils. Currently, the Devils are still looking. Though, with the addition of Jagr, I believe the Devils has evened their offseason additions with their subtractions. What do you think?

2013 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees: Brenden Shanahan receives the Hall Call

Brenden Shanahan


Brendan Shanahan was drafted by the Devils 2nd overall in the 1987 NHL draft. Shanahan was developing himself into an elite scorer in his first stint as a Devil. Though, early into his career, he was traded to the St.Louis Blues for Scott Stevens.  Shanahan’s career gradually got better in St.Louis. Brendan posted two 50 goal seasons and was named to his first All-Star game. Shanahan then enjoyed a one season stint with the Hartford Whalers. Shanahan was then involved in a blockbuster trade sending him along with Brian Flynn, to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Paul Coffey, Keith Primeau, and a first round draft pick. During the 96-97 season, Shanhan was named to his All-Star and won his 1st Stanley Cup. Shanahan continued his success winning two more Cups as a Redwing. Brenden then went on to play for the New York Rangers.  Shanahan scored his 600th goal in New York. Shanahan’s career went downhill the season later producing low numbers. The New Jersey Devils then signed Brenden for his second stint as a Devil. Shanahan played for two more seasons  before parting ways with New Jersey. Brenden Shanhan is now part of the league serving as the NHL’s Vice President of Hockey and Business Development. He now bans players that do not behave on the ice. Brenden Shanahan was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013

*Other 2013 H.H.O.F. inductees include Fred Shero and Geraldine Heaney.

2013 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees: Chris Chelios receives the Hall call

Playing sports, is a very difficult thing to do. No matter which sport one might play, it is very difficult. Athletes, no matter which sport they play, have one dream that they would like to accomplish. To achieve the goal of being inducted the Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame recognizes the best players from that sport. These players are no ordinary players. These players are players who have devoted their life to the sport. In hockey, the Hall of Fame has been going on for about a century. Recognizing players from different eras. Most notably, though, is the fact that these players have committed themselves to the sport of hockey on the ice and off the ice. To me, that is the biggest difference in  the Hockey Hall of Fame. These players play with all there heart and do not take anything for granted. Not only do the players on the ice get inducted, but the people behind the work can also get inducted. Such as coaches and staff. Another honorable mention is when a female player gets inducted. That is a very hard thing to do considering the talent that male players have. So being inducted into the Hall of Fame is a very hard, yet great, thing to achieve. Let’s take a look at this year’s Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees:



Chris Chelios (1/3)

Chris is a very special person. Only him and Gordie Howe have been able to lace ‘em up after the age 45. Chelios, was part of the Montreal Canadiens organization to start off his career. Chelios won his first stanley cup in 1986 with the Habs. Chris then pursued his talent with the Chicago Blackhawks. Chelios won his third Norris trophy in his stint with the ‘Hawks. He then went on the play for the Detroit Red Wings. Capturing the Stanley Cup two times in Detroit. Chelios continued to play with the Wings until he was 46, winning yet another Cup. In the AHL, Chelios enjoyed his time with the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Chicago Wolves (Atlanta). The Thrashers then brought up Chelios to play 7 games. Chris Chelios then retired at the age of 47

* This is Part 1/3. Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 in the next few days.

The Chicago Blackhawks are the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions


30 seconds can change the course of history. The 17 seconds can decide the fate of the Stanley Cup. For the Chicago Blackhawks, 17 seconds was just that. With goaltender off for the extra attacker the Bruins looked like they were taking this series back to Chicago. That changed when Duncan Keith chipped a puck to ‘Hawks captain Jonathan Toews. Toews then found Bryan Bickell, who put the puck in to inch the Blackhawks within one goal. Bryan Bickell has scored his 9th of the postseason. Bickell scored 9 goals in the entire regular season. He was an unsung hero for Chicago throughout the postseason. Everything seemed right for a fourth game that will go into overtime. Coach Joel Quennevillle put the Blackhawks thrid line and energy line on the ice.  17 seconds after Bickell’s goal comes yet antoher goal. A shot was fired from the point and hit the post. In all that Chaos, Dave Bolland was there at the right time to tap in the rebound the to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead with less than a minute to go in the game. Now the Bruins had the goalie pulled. This time  there were out of luck. The ‘Hawks clinched the Stanley Cup for the second time in four years. The Bruins had been stunned by those 17 seconds. 17 seconds is what decided the outcome of the 2013 Stanley Cup. 17 seconds was the fate of two teams who put in hundreds and hundreds of hours of work. In two blinks of the eye, the Stanley Cup was decided.

Captain Jonathan Toews holding the Stanley Cup


The Conn Symthe Winner is…


Patrick Kane

In all of 17 seconds of hockey, history can be changed.

Stanley Cup Finals Game 6: Will Chicago Win?

Tonight (6/24/13) is game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks. After a 3-1 defeat in Chicago, the Boston Bruins now look to extend the series to 7 games on their home ice tonight. The Bruins will face a “do or die” situation against the ‘Hawks tonight. This is not the first time the Bruins find themselves in a must win situation. The Boston Bruins were one goal away from either going home or advancing in the postseason. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins were tied in overtime in game 7. The Bruins prevailed., while the Leafs went home. If the Bruins manage to force a seventh game, it would be on Chicago ice. If Chicago can win this one game tonight, they would be crowned champions for the second time in four years. Though, both teams have star players that are questionable for tonight’s game 6. Jonathan Toews was a victim of a Johnny Boychuk hit in game 5. Toews was not sure if he would be ready to go for game 6. Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins was hurt during a second period shift in game 5. Bergeron played 2 shifts and all of 49 seconds in the second period. Bergeron was seen leaving the game in an ambulance shortly after the second period was over. Patrice made the trip back to Boston following the game. He is currently listed as ‘Day to Day.” If Bergeron is not ready fro game 6, Bruins coach Claude Julien has two replacements ready to go. Jordan Caron and veteran Jay Pandolfo can fill in the void Bergeron would leave behind if he was unable to play tonight. Tuuka Rask and Corey Crawford have been good for their teams. Though, it comes down to tonight as both goalies will face situations that they have never faced before. Rask has never been facing elimination when playing for the cup. Crawford has never had a game that could clinch the Stanley Cup. If Chicago would go on to take the Stanley Cup tonight, the Conn Symthe trophy could also be handed out to the MVP of the postseason. The questions that all hockey fans have around the world could be answered tonight. I look forward to the intense game. All I can say is “good luck to both Boston and Chicago,” as the Stanley Cup could be handed out tonight.

Stanley Cup Finals: How Boston could win the Stanley Cup

The Boston Bruins are the Eastern Conference Champs after their tragic event that happened in their city. At the Boston marathon, the city was left devastated after a bombing. The people of Boston, and the Bruins,  were trying to recover. The Bruins did just that. The Bruins took the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. In the first round, they had a rough series ending against the Toronto Maple Leafs. After leading the Leafs 3-1 in the series, the momentum quickly shifted to Toronto. The Leafs took the next two games to force game 7. The Bruins at home were down 4-1 in the third period. With just 1:30 to go in the third the Bruins score two goals to tie the game. What I liked about that play was Claude Julien, the Bruins head coach, used Zdeno Chara’s 6’9 size in front of the net. Chara screened the Maple Leaf’s goaltender James Reimer on the tying goal. Reimer had no chance and was stunned by the shot that was from the point. Patrice Bergeron, a forward, took Chara’s normal point and scored the goal. The game 7 went to overtime and Patrice Bergeron scored the series clinching goal in the 1st overtime to give the Bruins the series. If the Maple Leafs just held on to that lead, history would have been changed! There are three reasons why I think the Bruins can win.

 1. The Bruins have a solid defense that can play in both ends of the rink 

The Boston Bruins have one of the strongest defenses in the league. They have rolled all three denfensive units throughout the playoffs. In the Bruins second round matchup against the New York Rangers, there was an unsung hero emerged to be a Bruins defensive threat. Torey Krug, a rookie, scored 4 goals in his first 5 NHL games. He has been an offensive threat throughout this postseason. Johnny Boychuk, another Bruins defenseman, has scored 6 goals up to the game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Andrew Ference and Adam McQuaid have also been helpful on the back end. Adam McQuaid had the series clinching goal in game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals that sent the Bruins to the Stnaley Cup. The Boston Bruins had swept the Pittsburgh Penguins to reach the Final. The Bruins top defensive unit, Denis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara have been their main reason why they have shut down their opponents. Chara’s size and Seidenberg’s nifty play is a threat to their opposing forwards. It is also why Tuuka Rask, the Bruins goalie, has been nothing short of brilliant.

2. The Boston Bruins can roll all four lines

The Bruins have found scoring in the playoffs to be easy. Wether it is from their top unit, or fourth line, they have found scoring. In the first couple of rounds, David Krejci, has lead the Bruins in on the score sheet. Krejci has scored 9 goals up to the Stanley Cup Finals. Milan Lucic, has rebounded from a relatively bad regular season. Patrice Bergeron has been clutch helping the Bruins in pivotal moments. Brad Marchand, a witty Boston forward, has used his speed to help with the scoring of the Bruins. On the bottom two lines, there has also been scoring. Gregory Campbell, a tremendous blocker, broke his right fibula in game 4 of the Eastern Coference Finals. Campbell has been a fan-favorite in Boston and occasionally scoring goaks by driving to the net. Shawm Thornton’s physicall presence fits perfectly in tje Bruins style of play. Thornton, has been to the Stanley Cup twice, winning both times. Chris Kelly has been a huge help chipping in goals when needed. The biggest suprise is the play by Daniel Paille. Paille has been great. He got the game winning goal in game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals in overtime. Paille got the Bruins even with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Bruins have continued to score because of their versatile roster.

3. A Star Goaltender and Experience 

Tuuka Rask has been nothing short of outstanding in the Bruin’s crease. After his second round victory over the Rangers, Rask will have to face the 1 seed in the East, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins had Jarome Igilna, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin,  Brenden Morrow and other great goal scorers. Tuuka Rask had two shutouts against the top team. Rask only let up two goals. The Conn Symthe trophy, awarded to the playoff’s most valuable player, has been a trophy that Rask has been favorite for winning. Rask is now tied with the ‘Hawks 2-2 in the series.  The Boston Bruins had already won the Stanley Cup in 2011. Two years later, the Bruins find themselves in a similar position. 16 players have already one the Stanley Cup with the Bruins. 16 players know how this pressure feels being in the Stanley Cup Finals. This time, Tuuka Rask is not on the bench but in the crease instead. The Bruins experience is a key factor to their postseason run.