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Upper Deck Series One Hits the Shelves

Upper Deck Series One Hits the Shelves

Upper Deck Series One Hits the Shelves

It’s been a busy week at Players Choice Sports with 2019-20 Upper Deck Series One hitting the shelves. The most popular Upper Deck product ramps up with a 250-card set, with 198 base cards to go with 49 Young Guns (1:4 packs) and three checklist cards. For Upper Deck’s 30th anniversary, there are also some special inserts featuring three of the company’s top superstars of the past three decades. Look for inserts of Wayne Gretzky, Connor McDavid, and Patrick Roy featuring retro base designs celebrating these legendary stars.

Year in and year out, Series One attracts collectors of all ages and interest levels. From the casual collector to the die-hard fan who has been adding Young Guns since Pavel Bure strapped on a pair of rollerblades, the fans of the game and the hobby keep coming back for more. This year is no exception, as the Day With The Cup inserts will feature first-time Cup Champions the St. Louis Blues, while popular acetate cards like the Clear Cut Foundations and Cup Coronations can be found. The Young Guns rookie cards are the staple piece for any collector, and this year’s class features the likes of Jack Hughes (2019 #1 overall draft pick), the first-ever draft choice of the Vegas Golden Knights Cody Glass, and Ryan Poehling of the Canadiens, who scored a hat trick in his first NHL game.

Players Choice hosted its break night on release day, and we had a fantastic time with about 25 of our dedicated collectors. We broke a number of cases of the product and saw some great cards getting pulled throughout the evening. The Young Guns featuring Quinn and Jack Hughes were the most popular of the night, and one of our collectors got to take home a Ryan Poehling Clear Cut parallel. One of the rarest pulls of the evening was a High Gloss parallel of San Jose Sharks rookie Danil Yurtaykin, #’d to just 10 copies.

In addition to the break night, we saw a number of other box and case breaks on Thursday, and some great pulls from collectors. We know a three-colour patch #’d to 15 copies of Shea Weber ended up in good hands at the end of the night, too! As always, Upper Deck provided us with a number of prizes to give away to friends throughout the night. Autographed hats of future superstars were given away, adding an extra layer of fun for everybody in the house.

 

Thank you to all of our friends and fans who came by on Thursday night to celebrate the release of Series One with us. We hope you had a great time, got some great cards for your collections, and look forward to the next great event.

 

 

2018-19 Upper Deck The Cup

2018-19 Upper Deck The Cup

It’s that time of year you’ve been waiting for. It’s the AMAZING conclusion to the 2018-19 NHL card calendar. It’s time for 2018-19 The Cup! This year The Cup is so big, we need four installments of previews just to give you an idea of all the amazing cards it’s loaded with (and it doesn’t even include the Easter Eggs we’ve hidden which are sure to be HUGE hits!). We’re going to start off with some of the biggest cards of the year. Of course we’re talking about the cards featuring the amazing 18-19 NHL Rookie class that have already started their 19-20 campaigns on FIRE. This includes the Rookie Auto Patches number to 99 and Exquisite Auto Patches that are sure to be some of the biggest hits of the year! But there is so much more! So sit back and enjoy, and be on the lookout tomorrow for the next instalment! The Cup is due to hit your local Hobby Shops October 23rd, so be ready to pick up a few tins before they’re gone.
Players Choice Travels to NHL Draft Vancouver

Players Choice Travels to NHL Draft Vancouver

Players Choice Travels to the NHL Draft

For the past few months, customers have won GOLDEN TICKETS to the NHL Draft hosted in Vancouver. We wanted them to experience the excitement we feel when we get to attend Upper Deck & NHL sponsored events.

Our store was  set up adjacent to the Upper Deck booth and sold trading cards packs & hockey memorabilia all weekend. Many fans loved the opportunity to get their very own Upper Deck NHL® Draft trading cards made for them by buying packs from us and trading them in.

Our customers had a chance to meet NHL royalty and watch the Draft LIVE Friday night and all day Saturday. 

Here’s one of winner’s account of the experience when he had a chance to interview Daryl Evans, former NHL player & current commentator of the  LA Kings.

I cannot believe this happened. For those that aren’t aware, I am a MASSIVE LA Kings fan. This guy, that I was privileged to interview, is one of the reasons. He scored the overtime winner of the ‘Miracle on Manchester’ when I was 6 years old, yes, the night I became a Kings fan. Perhaps you can see the childlike wonder in my eyes as Daryl speaks to me about that night and hockey in general. He is the radio voice of the Kings, and has been for quite some time. Before I could afford NHL Centre Ice, but had the internet, I listened to the games on the radio, and he was the voice of the Kings for me.

I am SOOOOOOO grateful I had a chance to tell him all these things. My broadcasting skills are growing, and let me tell you, personally, this was the thrill of a lifetime. Don’t tell me that manifestation is not possible, and personal dreams don’t come true. The gratefulness is pouring out of me. And the one filming the interview? The one and only Candace Chisholm of course! I am so thankful she got a chance to share this moment with me. Jason Wobshall of Player’s Choice Kelowna, THANK YOU for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing event. Many more to come, my friend!  – Mike Chisholm, the Real Deal TV

 

Stanley Cup

Stanley Cup

Stanley Cup

Richard McAdam

Article by Richard McAdam. Richard joined the Okanagan College team of employees in 2013. When he is not volunteering his time to non-profits around Kelowna, you might find him at Players Choice Sports. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/realrgm81

Wednesday, November 22nd will be a day long remembered for many people in Kelowna, including us. The Stanley Cup paid a visit to our store for the evening, thrilling fans of all ages who came down to see it and get their picture taken. We were also able to help the Kelowna Food Bank, as admission to see the Cup was by donation of either food items or cash—we hope that it will help make a difference in the community. In all, with all the minor hockey teams and other fans, we think at least 400 people had the chance to see Canada’s most famous trophy.

Our adventure with hockey’s holy grail started with some awesome surprises for minor hockey teams. With the Cup safely covered in its plain black case, we were able to get it into Memorial Arena and into the locker room area. Imagine the surprise of coming off the ice as an 8-year old kid and seeing the Stanley Cup waiting for you! This was a real highlight of the day, and we hope that maybe one day one of those kids will see it again on the ice in the NHL.


The in-store event was a tremendous time for everybody. We had several other minor hockey teams in the house, including a team that came all the way from Salmon Arm to get their team photo taken. The beaming smiles and saucer-wide eyes tells us that it was definitely worth the trip for those kids and their coaches. In addition to seeing the Cup, we also handed out free packs of hockey cards to all the kids that came through the store—maybe we’ll have a new collector or two from the experience. For a solid two hours we had a lot of familiar faces and some new ones come through door and it felt like everybody had an awesome time. Whether people were kissing it, putting babies (and stuffed animals) in the bowl, looking for their favourite teams and players inscribed on the trophy, they all had a few special moments to spend with the Cup.

What made this experience even more cool for us was that this was the real Stanley Cup, the same trophy that the players receive on the ice after the Finals, the one held high by legends like Gretzky, Lemieux, Orr, Beliveau, and so many others. This was a surprise for us, as we expected to be hosting the replica version that travels throughout Canada and around the world. You can see the scratches and dents, and little unique things that exist as the telltale signs. One thing that we learned is that when the next ring gets added after this season, some of the game’s greatest names will be coming off the Stanley Cup. In order to keep it roughly the same size and weight, the bands have to be removed or else the trophy would be eight feet long already. So while today’s stars get added, stars from the 1950’s and early 1960’s will soon be taken off, including Maurice Richard and the Canadiens dynasty that won five straight championships from 1956 to 1960. The bands get flattened out and remain on permanent display at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
This day was all made possible by the Hockey Hall of Fame, so we want to thank them for this great opportunity. Thank you also to Mike Bolt, the “keeper of the Cup” that we got to spend the day with and hear some amazing stories about the Cup’s history and activities with the players that have won it. If you ever get the chance to go to Toronto, make sure to stop at the Hall of Fame to see some of the incredible history of hockey on display.

We are so proud to have made so many people happy by hosting the Stanley Cup. We hope you had as much fun as we did. Thanks for coming down, be sure to share with us all your photos and memories of this very special day.

Get the KelownaNow News story on this Stanley Cup event here.

Bobby Hull Signing

Bobby Hull Signing

Richard McAdam

Richard is on the Okanagan College team of employees. When he is not volunteering his time to non-profits around Kelowna, you might find him at Players Choice Sports. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/realrgm81

Bobby Hull, known as “The Golden Jet,” is one of the greatest players in the history of hockey. In a storied career that lasted more than two decades, Hull tormented goaltenders with his booming slapshot and frustrated opposing defenders with his dazzling speed and stickhandling skills. His immense talents helped make him professional hockey’s first “million dollar man” when he joined the fledgling WHA’s Winnipeg Jets, and he instantly became the rival league’s greatest star. His epic career was capped off in 1983 when he was selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Hull’s pro career began with the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1957-58 season, where he scored 13 goals in his rookie season. It did not take long for him to emerge as an elite star—two seasons later he earned the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s highest scorer in 1959-60, registering 39 goals and 81 points. With his fearsome shot, rumoured to have been clocked at a velocity as high as 118mph and augmented by the so-called “banana blade” curved stick, Hull would have even greater goal scoring success in the years to come. He became the third man in NHL history to score 50 goals when he reached that plateau in 1961-62, and was the first to ever score more than 50 when he lit the lamp 54 times in 1965-66. Not only was Hull a great scorer, he was a key teammate on a strong Blackhawks squad that won the Stanley Cup in 1961 and nearly repeated as champions the following season before falling to the Maple Leafs in six games.

Though he was one of the NHL’s top stars for many years, Hull did not feel appreciated for his talents. He exuded skill and was highly personable with fans, but the NHL at the time did not award the high contracts that one sees today. He joked that he would jump to the rival World Hockey Association if they offered him a million dollars—but it was no joke when the Winnipeg Jets offered him a ten-year deal that included that princely sum as a signing bonus. Hull quickly established himself as the WHA’s top man, and his offensive prowess reached even greater heights. For four consecutive seasons (1972-73 to 1975-76) he scored at least fifty goals, including a then-unprecedented 77 in the 1974-75 season. Hull led the Jets to three WHA Championships during his time with the team.

On the international stage, Hull dazzled with the 1976 Team Canada squad in the Canada Cup, registering five goals in just seven games. Because of his jump to the WHA, Hull was not a part of the more famous 1972 squad.

After injuries shortened his career once the WHA merged into the NHL, Hull retired in 1980 after just nine games played with the Hartford Whalers, where he was teammates with another legend, Gordie Howe. Despite spending several prime years in the WHA, when he retired Hull’s NHL numbers were good enough for 2nd (610) and 9th in points (1170) in League history, a testament to his scoring prowess. His famous #9 is retired by the Chicago Blackhawks and the Winnipeg Jets—after the original Jets relocated to Phoenix, the team allowed his son Brett to wear the famous number during his short tenure there in the 2005-06 season. Hull is still recognized as one of the greatest players in history, honouring him at the recent NHL All Star weekend celebration of the top 100 players in the NHL’s first 100 years.
To learn more about Bobby Hull, read his 100 Greatest NHL Players story here:

Bobby Hull – 100 Greatest NHL Hockey Players