Just when I was running low on ideas, Dinged Corners comes up with something. Basically, flip through a binder in 30 seconds, and grab 6 cards that make you happy. I knew just where to go – my Team Canada binder!
These cards aren’t in the order that I pulled them or anything like that. Basically, they are grouped together so that I can talk about why they make me happy.
Colleen Sostorics O Canada Jersey Card – I played minor hockey with Colleen for two years. I have had passing interactions with guys who have gone on to play in the NHL, but I was never in a position to pick up cards of someone I knew quite well. Colleen has two Olympic gold medals to her name, and is currently working towards making Team Canada for the 2010 games.
Luke Schenn O Canada Jersey – Luke Schenn is the main reason most Leafs fans haven’t jumped off a tall building. That’s a lot of pressure for a 19 year old, but that kind of comes with wearing a Leafs jersey. Schenn has bore the pressure admirably.
Hayley Wickenheiser Autograph – best women’s hockey player ever. You know when you play hockey (or any other sport) and everyone wants #16 or 9 or 19? 90 % of girl’s hockey teams in Canada have a #22, and it was hotly contested.
Carey Price Autograph – I know, I am a Leafs fan and Price plays for the Habs. But – before he played for the Habs, he played for Canada. And that means he was awesome. His play has tailed off a little bit, Incidentally – so has his autograph. Possibly the two are connected? Sign your full name, Carey! This card also has a special place because it was the last card I needed to polish off the set.
Luc Bourdon Autograph and Jersey – These next two cards make me happy/sad. Luc Bourdon was killed in a motorcycle accident after his rookie season in the NHL. That’s the sad part. The (somewhat) happy part is having a reminder of a vibrant young man who had achieved his goals in life. A cardboard memorial of sorts. And hopefully a reminder to someone else to drive carefully. I guess the happiest part might be the guy that doesn’t make the news, because he took a safe driving course and didn’t get hurt.
There you have it, six cards that make me happy (happy/sad). Much more than just a slab of cardboard in a plastic binder page.