In The Game brings back 3D Class of 2014 hockey cards

Posted on 6th December 2013 by hockeymedia in Cards,The Want List | Tags: ,

CHLIn The Game will bring backs its popular 3-D draft class hockey cards for a second year. The 49-card subset will be included in the 2013-14 In The Game Heroes & Prospects hockey card series that will hit collector stores on Jan. 31, 2014.

This year’s subset will focus on the Class of 2014, including draft hopefuls Sam Reinhart, Aaron Ekblad and Sam Bennett. The subset is short printed, with only two 3-D cards seeded in each 18-pack box.

This year marks the 10th edition for In The Game Heroes & Prospects, a hobby favourite since 2004-05. As the brand is fully licensed by the Canadian Hockey League, the series has often captured the so-called stars of tomorrow before they reach the National Hockey League. The brand has also featured retired hockey legends.

“It’s hard to believe that Heroes & Prospects is coming into its 10th season,” said In The Game’s President, Dr. Brian Price. “The brand came about as a response to the NHLPA taking away the licenses of all but one company and it truly filled a need for collectors that was not being met. I am proud of its overwhelming success and believe that this anniversary edition will be a hit due to the inclusion of some of the best cards we have ever produced for the brand.”

151 Mason McDonald
152 Aaron Ekblad
153 Brendan Lemieux
154 Nikita Scherbak
155 Jayce Hawryluk
156 Jake Virtanen
157 Alex Bureau
158 Alexis Pepin
159 Tyler Sandhu
160 Robby Fabbri
161 Nikolaj Ehlers
162 Ryan Falkenham
163 Rourke Chartier
164 Tyson Baillie
165 Roland McKeown
166 Sam Bennett
167 Spencer Watson
168 Ryan MacInnis
169 Luke Philp
170 Sam Reinhart
171 Ivan Barbashev
172 Brayden Point
173 Justin Paulic
174 Aaron Haydon
175 Brendan Perlini
176 Blake Clarke
177 Brandon Robinson
178 Michael Dal Colle
179 Jacob Middleton
180 Nick Ritchie
181 Alex Nedeljkovic
182 Matt Mistele
183 Chase De Leo
184 Dominic Turgeon
185 Leon Draisaitl
186 Duncan MacIntyre
187 Conner Bleackley
188 Haydn Fleury
189 Nikita Serebryakov
190 Anthony DeAngelo
191 Nikolay Goldobin
192 Jared McCann
193 Daniel Audette
194 Brycen Martin
195 Nicolas Aube-Kubel
196 Josh Ho-Sang
197 Julius Honka
198 Julius Bergman
199 William Nylander

Check out last year’s 2012-13 In The Game Heroes & Prospects hockey cards

Post produces new hockey card series of CHL stars

Posted on 29th November 2013 by hockeymedia in Cards,The Want List | Tags: ,

NHLPost Cereal and the Canadian Hockey League have teamed up for a second year in a row to produce a series of hockey cards. This year’s set is promoted through family-size cereal boxes of Honeycomb, Sugar-Crisp, Shreddies, Honey Shreddies and Alpha-Bits.

At the heart of the promotion is the 24-card 2013-14 Post hockey set, which is actually collected via six sets of four cards. Fans will find the necessary details on specially-marked Post Cereal boxes.

“Hockey fans of all ages can’t get enough of our collectible series of junior hockey stars,” said Jennifer Dumoulin, Director of Marketing, Post Foods Canada. “We’re thrilled to continue this great partnership with the CHL and its three leagues to showcase our game’s top prospects.”

“The CHL is excited to continue its partnership with Post Foods,” said David Branch, CHL President. “Like Post Foods family of cereals, CHL teams are an integral part of Canadian communities and we look forward to showcasing student athletes and rising stars of the CHL to fans across the country again this season.”

As part of the promotion, there are also six collectible cereal boxes, each featuring a different CHL star. The six featured players are Laurent Dauphin (Shreddies), Hunter Shinkaruk (Honeycomb), Connor McDavid (Honeycomb), Sean Monahan (Alpha-Bits), Josh Morrissey (Honey Shreddies) and Frédérik Gauthier(Sugar-Crisp).

Tenth edition of ITG Heroes & Prospects available in 2014

Posted on 22nd November 2013 by hockeymedia in Cards,The Want List | Tags: ,

NHLThe 10th edition of In The Game Heroes & Prospects will be available in the new year. Product details have yet to be announced, but autographed cards and game-used jersey cards are again promised for this series.

In The Game Heroes & Prospects has been a hobby favourite since 2004-05. As the brand is fully licensed by the Canadian Hockey League, the series has often captured the so-called stars of tomorrow before they reach the National Hockey League. The brand has also featured retired hockey legends.

In The Game has promised to post more details in the coming weeks. Last year’s series was released on Jan. 31, 2013, so collectors can expect a similar timeline for the 2013-14 series (in other words, January or February 2014).

Key hockey teenagers that collectors should expect to see in this product include 2014 draft prospects Aaron Ekblad and Sam Reinhart and 2015 draft prospect Connor McDavid.

MacKinnon again number-one among draft prospects

Posted on 26th June 2013 by hockeymedia in Rookies,The Want List | Tags:

NHLMemorial Cup winner Nathan MacKinnon is again the top-ranked draft prospect, according to TSN hockey guru Bob McKenzie. The 2013 Stafford Smythe Trophy (Memorial Cup MVP) winner was pronounced McKenzie’s pick in the days leading up to the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on June 30.

The Colorado Avalanche hold the first-overall pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft. The three likely candidates to be drafted first overall are forward MacKinnon, defender Seth Jones, and forward Jonathan Drouin.

MacKinnon had long been considered the top prospect heading into the 2012-13 hockey season. Midway through the season, however, Denver defender Seth Jones emerged as the likely top pick, a prediction that reached its height in April when the Avalanche were awarded the rights to select first overall.

The junior hockey playoffs, however, changed the opinions of many scouts. MacKinnon was a standout in the Québec League playoffs and then MVP in the Canadian Hockey League Memorial Cup tournament. He even scored a hat trick in the championship game to help the Halifax Mooseheads capture the title.

This season, hockey fans have collected MacKinnon memorabilia through Canadian Hockey League licensee In The Game Trading Cards, including the recently-released 2012-13 In The Game Draft Prospects.

Blades Memorial Cup jersey auction

Posted on 24th May 2013 by hockeymedia in Auctions,Game-Used,The Want List | Tags: ,

NHLThe Canadian Hockey League and Saskatoon Blades, host of this year’s 2013 Memorial Cup, will auction game-worn jerseys from the opening game of the tournament. The jerseys are available via auction.chl.ca until May 27.

The opening game jerseys were designed by the Blades in conjunction with the CHL to pay tribute to the military with the words “air force,” “army” and “navy” accompanied by a red maple leaf as the main logo. The words “courage” and “loyalty” are on the sleeves to recognize two significant characteristics that a person enlisted in the armed forces exemplifies.

Proceeds from the auction will go towards the Dominion Command Poppy Trust Fund. Poppy funds are spent to support veterans and their families, buy hospital equipment, support cadet groups, and provide student bursaries. The MasterCard Memorial Cup Theme Jersey Program was created in 2008 and have cumulatively generated over $100,000 for the fund.

In The Game produces Memorial Cup promotional set

Posted on 23rd May 2013 by hockeymedia in Cards,The Want List | Tags: ,

NHLIn The Game has produced a special 20-card promotional set for the Canadian Hockey League’s 2013 Memorial Cup in Saskatoon. The card set features players from the four competing teams, Portland Winter Hawks, London Knights, Halifax Mooseheads, and host Saskatoon Blades.

In The Game is an official licensee of the Canadian Hockey League. The cards were distributed in conjunction with hobby wholesalers Universal Distribution.

Of note, the set includes the top-three rated prospects for this year’s NHL Entry Draft: Seth Jones of the Winter Hawks and Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon from the Mooseheads.

2013 Mastercard Memorial Cup Set Promotional Card Checklist
MC-01 Nathan MacKinnon
MC-02 Jonathan Drouin
MC-03 Zachary Fucale
MC-04 Martin Frk
MC-05 Luca Ciampini
MC-06 Max Domi
MC-07 Bo Horvat
MC-08 Seth Griffith
MC-09 Anthony Stolarz
MC-10 Olli Maatta
MC-11 Ty Rattie
MC-12 Seth Jones
MC-13 Mac Carruth
MC-14 Nicolas Petan
MC-15 Derrick Pouliot
MC-16 Andrey Makarov
MC-17 Lukas Sutter
MC-18 Duncan Siemens
MC-19 Matej Stransky
MC-20 Josh Nicholls

CHL’s top prospects featured on new hockey cards

Posted on 16th January 2013 by hockeymedia in Cards,The Want List | Tags: ,

NHLNational Hockey League teams will have to wait until June, but hockey card collectors only have to wait two more weeks to add the hottest junior prospects to their collection. In The Game has been quick to point out that several draft prospects participating in this year’s CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game are featured in the upcoming 2012-13 edition of In The Game Heroes and Prospects hockey cards.

“Collectors have asked for more CHL coverage and this year they will get it,” wrote Dr. Price in December. “I have been asked year after year to increase the number of juniors in the product. This year I was able to make this happen by concentrating solely on the juniors. This happens to be a great year to do so as there are some great prospects in the CHL this year.”

Amongst the In The Game Heroes & Prospects junior players who will appear in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game are Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, Hunter Shinkaruk, Jordan Subban, Maxi Domi and Seth Jones. The new 2012-13 hockey card series will be available on Jan. 31, 2013.

This year’s CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will be played on Jan. 16, 2013 in Halifax, NS. In Canada, the game is televised on Sportsnet. For more information on the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and the players participating in the 2013 edition, please visit homehardwaretopprospects.ca/.

Last season’s game in Kelowna, BC, featured 10 players that were selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft including Ryan Murray of the Everett Silvertips who was selected second overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Since the event was first introduced in 1996 the game has featured 10 players that were selected with the first overall pick in the NHL Draft including Chris Phillips, Joe Thornton, Vincent Lecavalier, Rick Nash, Marc-Andre Fleury, Patrick Kane, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Taylor Hall, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

CHL prospects to sign at Fall Expo In The GameLand

Posted on 2nd November 2012 by hockeymedia in Shows,Signings,The Want List | Tags: ,

NHLIn The Game Trading Cards has announced that Canadian Hockey League prospects Spencer Martin and Aaron Ekblad will sign autographs next weekend at the Fall 2012 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo. The two teenaged hockey prospects will be signing at the In The GameLand exhibit on Nov. 10 (Martin) and Nov. 11 (Ekblad).

Goalie Martin plays for the Mississauga Steelheads. He is eligible for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Defenceman Ekblad, last year’s Ontario League top rookie, plays for the Barrie Colts. He is eligible for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. While Ekblad made his hockey card debut in last year’s 2011-12 In The Game Heroes & Prospects, Martin is expected to make his card debut this season in the 2012-13 edition.

Autographs to both players will be free. The autograph session times will be posted at In TheGameLand on Friday Nov. 9.

This year’s Fall 2012 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo runs Nov. 9-11 at the Toronto International Centre in Mississauga, ON (just a few kilometres away from the Toronto Pearson International Airport). The show is billed as North America’s largest hockey collector’s show. For more information on the show, please visit sportcardexpo.com.

Shreddies to feature new CHL cards

Posted on 18th October 2012 by hockeymedia in Cards,The Want List | Tags: ,

NHLHockey fans can collect hockey cards on boxes of Post Cereal Shreddies boxes. There are 12 different cards in the series, with four cards found on each of three different boxes.

As part of the promotion, fans are asked to “like” the Post Cereal Shreddies CHL fan page on Facebook to enter a contest to win a trip to the 2013 Memorial Cup.

Just last season, Shreddies became the official cereal of the Canadian Hockey League. Said Margaret Hastings of Post Foods in May 2012, “Shreddies, as an iconic Canadian brand, is the perfect match to be the official cereal of the CHL. Teaming up with the WHL, OHL and QMJHL is an important part of Shreddies commitment to our communities. Shreddies families are passionate about their CHL hockey teams and so are we. We are looking forward to an exciting season next year.”

BMO Celebrates CHL Fans in Communities Across Canada

Posted on 18th October 2012 by hockeymedia in Hockey (More),The Want List | Tags:

In celebration of BMO Financial Group’s four-year partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) as the official bank of the CHL, BMO and the CHL today announced the launch of the BMO Ultimate CHL Fan Appreciation Night events, which will be held in the hometowns of 40 CHL teams.

Between October 23 and December 12, 2012, BMO will celebrate the millions of CHL fans across the country by inviting them to attend their local hockey games dressed up in their team’s colours, jerseys, and costumes for a chance to participate in the BMO Ultimate Fan Contest for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (May 24-26, 2013). In total, 40 BMO Ultimate CHL Fans will be crowned in their respective communities and each league in the CHL (OHL, WHL, and QMJHL) will have one BMO Ultimate Fan who will receive the grand prize.

“The overwhelming endorsement we received from fans of last year’s BMO Ultimate Fan Contest has shown us first hand how important CHL hockey is to local communities across Canada,” said Doug Stotz, Chief Marketing Officer, BMO Financial Group. “We are very excited to be able to build on this success and introduce the BMO Ultimate CHL Fan Appreciation Night to even more fans this year. These celebrations are an amazing opportunity for us to connect with CHL fans, and also give them a chance to attend the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup – one of the largest hockey events in the country.”

“This is the second season of the BMO Ultimate CHL Fan Contest and based on the response from last season this is a great opportunity for fans to show how much passion they have for hockey and their favourite CHL teams,” said CHL President David Branch. “The CHL is excited to host BMO Ultimate CHL Fan Contests in 40 of our Canadian communities this season, and we look forward to watching our most passionate fans in action as they compete for the opportunity to represent their favourite team at the 95th MasterCard Memorial Cup in Saskatoon.”

Kicking off in Red Deer, Swift Current and Victoria on October 23rd, the BMO Ultimate CHL Fan Appreciation Nights are centred on the BMO Ultimate Fan contest, which will take place at local games. The contest will be open to all attendees who have purchased a ticket to the game and are over the age of 13. During the first intermission fans will be encouraged to stand up and show their team spirit. Based on their originality, enthusiasm and creativity, three lucky fans will be selected to participate in a trivia contest – specific to their CHL team – which will take place on the players’ bench during the second intermission. The first person to answer three questions correctly will be declared the BMO Ultimate Fan for his/her particular team.

The winner will receive an autographed team jersey with BMO Ultimate Fan crested on the front, a $50 prepaid MasterCard, and gain entry into the grand prize draw for the trip for two to the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Saskatoon in May 2013.

The BMO Ultimate Fan Appreciation Nights and local BMO Ultimate Fan contests will take place in the following locations*:

23 – Swift Current Broncos
Red Deer Rebels
Victoria Royals
24 – Medicine Hat Tigers
25 – Barrie Colts
Niagara IceDogs
26 – Kootenay Ice
Prince Albert Raiders
Kingston Frontenacs
Mississauga Steelheads
27 – Kamloops Blazers
London Knights
28 – Brampton Battalion

2 – Guelph Storm
3 – Kelowna Rockets
Lethbridge Hurricanes
Moose Jaw Warriors
7 – Regina Pats
9 – Prince George Cougars
Saskatoon Blades
Ottawa 67’s
14 – Belleville Bulls
15 – Windsor Spitfires
Moncton Wildcats
16 – Sherbrooke Phoenix
PEI Rocket
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
17 – Peterborough Petes
18 – Oshawa Generals
Vancouver Giants
21 – Shawinigan Cataractes
24 – Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Owen Sound Attack
28 – Brandon Wheat Kings
Acadie-Bathurst Titan
30 – Drummondville Voltigeurs
Halifax Mooseheads

4 – Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
7 – Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
12 – Chicoutimi Sagueneens

*Note: Dates and times subject to change. Check www.BMOUltimateCHLFan.com for the latest updates.

The BMO Ultimate Fan Contest is part of several special fan appreciation initiatives taking place during BMO’s second year as the Official Bank of the CHL. Other CHL events during BMO-focused initiatives will take place during the league’s national marquee events: the MasterCard Memorial Cup, the Subway Super Series and the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. BMO will also incorporate the BMO Power of Blue program – which provides special perks to BMO customers each week at CHL hockey games across Canada, including the opportunity to win a pre-loaded MasterCard – in 46 arenas across Canada that are home to CHL’s member teams.