Connor McDavid, the top pick in the recent NHL Draft, has signed an exclusive autograph and promotional contract with Upper Deck. The deal allows Upper Deck to be the sole provider of McDavid’s autographed cards, which will be inserted into upcoming NHL trading card releases. In addition, the company will have the ability to feature the Edmonton Oilers’ 18-year-old draftee on product packaging. The deal also allows Upper Deck to partner with McDavid on promotional opportunities.
McDavid has been one of the most anticipated prospects during the last decade, and hockey fans have kept a close eye on his amateur career. McDavid helped lead Team Canada to the gold medal in the 2015 World Junior Championships and he is widely regarded as one of the most decorated prospects to ever enter the NHL Draft.
Provided McDavid makes his NHL debut at the start of the 2015-16 regular season, his first licensed NHL rookie card will be available in 2015-16 NHL Upper Deck Series One, releasing in early November 2015. Upper Deck has previously produced McDavid trading cards, featuring him as an amateur with Team Canada. His first licensed NHL rookie cards will likely draw even more attention, given the immense hype surrounding his budding career.
“Connor McDavid has been on our radar for a long time and we are thrilled to be able to add him as one of Upper Deck’s exclusive trading card signers,” said Jason Masherah, President of Upper Deck. “The sky is the limit with a player of his caliber, and to be able to deliver exclusive content of this sensational talent is a thrill for us here at Upper Deck. We are excited to watch his career begin with a historic franchise like the Edmonton Oilers, and we look forward to delivering hockey fans the best of the best in terms of licensed trading card content for McDavid.”