Some were collectors growing up. Now, they’re getting their own rookie cards.
Think NHL rookie cards and you think Orr, Gretzky, LeMieux and Crosby.
Hockey fans around the world have been chasing them for years, but a new legion of potential stars gathered in Ontario Wednesday in hopes of putting their name on that exclusive list.
Upper Deck and the NHL held its rookie photo shoot with 14 of the league’s top draft picks and prospects who put on the uniform of their respective teams for the first time.
Matt Duchene, a Colorado draft pick who grew up in Haliburton, Ontario as an Avalanche fan, it brought back some memories.
"It’s going to be very neat. I collected cards from Joe Sakic, Forsberg, all the Avs guys. Paul Kariya is another guy I collected a lot of," said Duchene, who played last season with the Brampton Battalion. "Obviously you’re honoured to be a part of this. Having your first NHL card just comes along with the rest of the dream."
The players seemed to have a solid grasp of what it means to finally appear on a card. Watch the story from TSN’s Katherine Dolan.