Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wax Stain Rookie: Yvan Cournoyer

 Wax Stain Wednesday is a regular feature on Dirty Dangle. Our pal Dave at Wax Stain Rookie is an avid autograph and card collector and has some amazing experiences to share with us. WARNING: these posts may make you want to buy a Beckett and get those dusty hockey cards out from under your bed that you hide from your girlfriend like a secret porn collection.
The Montreal Canadiens have been the most successful franchise in the history of the NHL and one of the most successful in all professional sports. As a result, it should come as no surprise that people who have played for the club have won a couple Stanley Cups. However, 10 Stanley Cups, that impresses me no matter WHAT team you played for. Yvan Cournoyer won 10 Cups as a player and that only trails Henri Richard with 11 Cups by a player.

As a player Cournoyer was one of the fastest skaters in NHL history and his 5’ 7” stature earned him the nickname of “The Roadrunner”. Cournoyer as a player wasn’t dead weight as he was certainly an offensive contributor for the Canadiens. The Hockey News most recent Top 100 NHL Players of All-Time has Cournoyer ranked as the 16th best right winger in NHL history behind Mike Gartner and ahead of Jarome Iginla.

Cournoyer’s resume certainly backs up that high praise as he scored 24+ goals in 12 straight seasons including a career best 47 goals in 1971-72 and finished with 428 goals in just 968 games. Yvan also won a Conn Smythe Trophy in 1973 when he scored 15 goals and had 25 points in the playoffs which included 12 points in the Stanley Cup final. Cournoyer was forced to hang up his skates after career ending back surgery in 1979. In 1982 he would receive his invitation to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Cournoyer also played some international action and was a part of the ’72 Summit Series where he chipped in 5 points including 3 goals in the 8 games he played in. His role was forever immortalized in this photo (he is #12):
Yvan Cournoyer began his hockey career back in 1963 but didn’t have a card produced for him until 1965. Here is his rookie, I don’t own one of these yet, but they book for about $100 in decent shape which is pretty affordable. The rookie was double printed so there are more floating around of him than other cards in the set. Please note the other spelling of his name:
I mailed away my card from the 72/73 Topps set which I picked up at the swap meet in the spring, but he returned my card back unsigned along with a different card signed. I heard a rumour that he did this regularly so if you ever wanted an auto I suggest you make the request and don’t bother sending a card along!
If players are worried about people writing in and selling their autos, this is a perfect way to fix that. I wish more players who didn’t want to sign would at the very least do this for their fans. The auto is a pretty classy one and done with a blue sharpie. On the back of the card is a list of his career stats and accomplishments. I am very glad to have this one in my collection!

Next post, another member of the 2002 Gold Medal Hockey Team.

6 comments:

  1. Reminds me of a Marty St Louis type of player size wise.
    Those Habs had so many great players in the 70's

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  2. 10 Cups
    wow
    You won't see current NHLers coming close to that.
    Crosby might finish with 3 if he is lucky.

    Anyone see pictures of Ovechkins new girlfriend? What a hottie

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  3. Sucks he wouldn't sign your card
    But at least you got something back from him.

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  4. @Matty

    Wonder is Marty St Louis is a Hall of Famer?

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  5. Had a chance to watch Yvan Cournoyer live back in the 70's at MLG
    great player, but will say this. I wonder how great he would have been on another team. Habs were so stacked back then.

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  6. Also

    @Mike

    Martin St Louis is a very good player. But he won't be in the Hall of Fame.
    798 points in 878 games isn't good enough

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