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ITG Honors Hockey’s War Heroes by Tracy Hackler

Hockey historians will recall that some of the game’s best players went to war for their country, letting the sport pale in comparison to what was truly important.

To honor those men, In the Game is including a special Real Heroes non-memorabilia insert set in 2009-10 ITG Heroes and Prospects, which releases in late January.

“We felt it was important to take time to recognize some of the hockey players that sacrificed their own professional ambitions in order to fight for their country in World War I and World War II,” said Dr. Brian Price, ITG President. “The reaction from collectors to this set thus far has been overwhelmingly positive as most are able to relate to the significance of what these players did.”

Among the players included in the 18-card set are members of Boston’s legendary Kraut Line (Milt Schmidt, Bobby Bauer and Woody Dumart) along with fellow Hall of Fame members Sid Abel, Turk Broda and Syl Apps. Three legends from the early days of the game who fought in World War I are a part of this set as well – Frank Fredrickson, Hobey Baker and Frank McGee, who still holds the record for most goals scored in a Stanley Cup playoff game.

Astute collectors also will recognize the names Red Garrett and Joe Turner on the checklist. Both men died in action during World War II and were recognized posthumously with major hockey awards. The American Hockey League honors the memory of Garrett with its annual Rookie of the Year accolade; the old International Hockey League’s championship trophy was named after Turner, a goaltender who played in one NHL game with Detroit. This Real Heroes insert card marks Turner’s first trading card.


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