August 21, 2007
Remembering Esso Power Players
NHL Power Players was the card set for the 1970-71 season. Every time you gassed up at an Esso station, you received a packet of Power Players Trader's Cards. These doubled as stamps and could be pasted into one of two accompanying albums known as a NHL Power Player Saver. There were 252 cards in the set, 18 players for each of the 14 NHL teams at that time.
While this particular franchise of hockey cards was short-lived, the impression left on many younger hockey fans was immense.
No one was more impacted by these cards as much as TG. He has created an entire website to his memories attached of these trading cards - Remembering NHL Power Players. He documents his passion in a fashion that makes for hours of enjoyably countless hours of reading.
The memories he shares are lengthy, personal and most of all fascinating. In his most recent post he immortalizes Doug Favell in the article My Game One Goalie. In another post he remembers Garry Unger in The Iron Man Cometh, and looks at The Two Tonys, Esposito and Featherstone in another.
Mythologizing Dave Keon, The Plagers and the Kashmiri Effect, Where Did You Go Darryl Sittler?, Gentlemen Jean and his Great Game, An Homage To Mr Hockey, and something called Audrey Hepburn, the Itch and a Caper are personal favorites of mine.