Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Autographs received in person on August 3, 2013.
Murray Bannerman played for the Chicago Blackhawks from 1980-81 to 1986-87. He represented the 'Hawks twice in the NHL All-Star Game.
Bannerman started his career in 1977-78 with the Vancouver Canucks, playing in 20 minutes of one game -- coincidentally, against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Bannerman was another former 'Hawks player that I got autographs from at the National Sports Collectors Convention. He signed two cards for me: his 1986-87 Blackhawks team issue, and his 1987-88 Blackhawks team issue (though he did not play for the 'Hawks in '87-88).
He also signed this action shot...
...and this close-up of the same action shot.
However, the coolest thing I got signed was this 5"x7" photo of Bannerman from his 20-minute stint with the Vancouver Canucks.
I found this picture online, and added the "black area" at the bottom with the text; I tried to make this look like a low-tech, old team-issue type of card.
Bannerman LOVED seeing this picture, and was eager to talk about his first action in the NHL. He commented on his plain mask and remarked that he "led the league" because he didn't allow any goals that season. He was joking, as his NHL season that year was only 20 minutes.
I actually got four of this picture signed by Bannerman. Two were for friends, one is for my collection and the fourth is available for trade.