Enforcers – A tough set to collect
In The Game will be starting the New Year with a tough act to follow, Enforcers.
A product dedicated to hockey’s tough guys, the players that open up the ice for the superstars.
Enforcers will be released mid-January and due to a small production run, it might be as tough to find as it will be to collect.
In The Game does not put redemption cards in their products for autographs, so the checklist will be announced prior to release date as the autographs are received.
Count these five Enforcers in:
Wendel Clark – a fan favorite from the start in Toronto, Clark exhibited a great deal of toughness and played every game like it was his last. The opposition never wanted to mess with him because they knew he wasn’t about to back down from anyone.
Stan Jonathan – while he wasn’t anywhere near being the biggest member of any team he played on, it could be argued that Jonathan had the biggest heart of them all. His memorable tussle with the much-larger Pierre Bouchard of the Montreal Canadiens is still shown to this day as he unleashed a flurry of punches that brought down the big defender.
Joe Kocur – the Detroit Red Wings were loaded with tough and talented players in the 1980s and Kocur proved to be among the game’s elite enforcers. He paced all players with 377 penalty minutes in 1985-86 and is a three-time Stanley Cup champion!
Jimmy Mann – when John Ferguson was rebuilding the Winnipeg Jets after the death of the World Hockey Association, one of his key building blocks was Mann, who he selected in the first round of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. He was an instant hit at the pro level as he led the league in penalty minutes during his rookie season of 1979-80.
Dave Semenko – if Semenko had never played for the Edmonton Oilers, opposing teams might have run over players like Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri, so it was his job to ensure that the offensive dynamos around him were protected. Considering that he once stepped into the ring to fight Muhammad Ali in an exhibition bout, there is little doubt in regard to his overall toughness and atleticism.
I am also pleased to reveal two more exciting game-used memorabilia insert sets. The first is what you would expect from Enforcers, game-used Fight Straps. Each Fight Strap card will be numbered out of 8.
The next game-used memorabilia insert set will be a 1/1 Fight Strap Dome Fastener. On each card the piece of memorabilia will come right through the card (front to back). We’ve never done this before.
These two insert sets join the three others that have been announced in a previous Blog; Instigators, Combatants and Tough Franchise.
Enforcers will be a real hockey fan’s product. It’s not the same top 50 players that are put in product after product. Enforcers is going to be a tough set to collect, but it will be worth the effort.