Saturday, September 16, 2017

My First Hockey Relic

I never been an active hockey card collector.  I love watching the sport and rooting for the Boston Bruins.  Without a hometown team though, it's hard to feel the same level of emotional investment as I do with the Mariners or Seahawks.  The chances are high that sometime within the next 10 years, Seattle will get its own team again.  Until then, the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League will be the main hockey event in town. 

I've been to probably a dozen games over the years.  I even went to a Thunderbirds game as part of my bachelor party.  The games are a lot of fun. 

2013-14 In The Game Heroes & Prospects - Game-Used Jersey Black

Mathew Barzal is the most recent NHL product to come from the Thunderbirds.  The New York Islanders drafted him #16 overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.  After he helped the Thunderbirds win the 2017 WHL Championship, earning WHL Playoff MVP honors along the way, it was finally time for me to purchase my first hockey relic and first Thunderbirds card.

This big blue swatch is from a game-used Barzal Thunderbirds jersey. 

His autograph can be had for under $10 so it might be time to pick up one of those as well.


  1. It took a few decades... but I finally caught a Seattle Thunderbirds white whale. The 1995/96 Patrick Marleau. Easily one of my favorite cards in the collection. When I make my way back up there, I'll have to see about going to one of their games.

    1. Oh awesome, I didn't realize that he started off with the Thunderbirds. I've never been to an NHL game so I can't compare it but Thunderbird games have a lot of energy. Definitely worth the trip.

  2. Pretty cool! I've fallen pretty hard for the sport, although I still have a lot to learn, I enjoy every second of it. I'm eagerly awaiting tomorrow night's preseason game, it will be my first game of my first full season!

  3. This season will be interesting to watch with the new Vegas team.