Hockey world loses Hall of Famer Johnny Bower at age 93

He was a dominating goaltender nicknamed “The China Wall,” a two-time Vezina Trophy winner, a four-time Stanley Cup champ and a Hall of Famer.

He’s Johnny Bower and the former star for the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs died Tuesday after a battle with pneumonia. He was 93.

“Johnny Bower enriched us all by sharing the pure joy he felt for the game he played and for the men who played it, with him and against him,” said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in a statement. “It was a personal privilege to know him, a delight to be in his presence.”

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2016-17 Upper Deck Series 1 NHL tin (Hour 7)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 7.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2016-17 Upper Deck Series 1 hockey tin (retail)
The cost: 

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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First Buzz: 2017 President’s Choice Blue & White Centennial hockey

What: 2017 President’s Choice Blue & White Centennial hockey cards
Arrives: January
Box basics: Seven autographs and three memorabilia cards per box (five boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The Toronto Maple Leafs’ 100th anniversary is coming soon and President’s Choice hockey cards will focus on that with this limited high-end release.

Keep reading for more as well as a full gallery of images released so far.

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The wait for Auston Matthews cards is pricey already after big debut


What happens when the No. 1 overall draft pick takes the ice and scores a record four goals in his first game?

Dollar signs — and that might as well be Auston Matthews’ name right now. While the Toronto Maple Leafs center didn’t touch the overall single-game record of seven from back in 1920, he did set a new record for a debut.

And all this means big things for his Rookie Cards — or at least the redemptions for his first NHL cards. The 2016-17 Artifacts card above for example? It will cost you.

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Upper Deck readies promotional card set for NHL Draft

2016-Upper-Deck-NHL-Draft-Pick-Set-Connor-McDavidThis year’s NHL Draft is set to start on June 24 and Upper Deck will be ready for the event with a set of trading cards available to collectors.

Cards of past draft picks since, you know, those strict rules about Rookie Cards are still in play.

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