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For Canadians only: National Hockey Card Day Giveaway by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Canadians can rejoice on National Hockey Card Day.

Upper Deck will be featuring another promotion dedicated to some of Canada’s best hockey players. On Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, Upper Deck is giving away one free pack of cards just for visiting participating hobby shops in Canada.

The 16-card set focuses strictly on Canadian-born players and will feature athletes such as Taylor Hall, Mario Lemieux and Gordie Howe.

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Upper Deck releases Young Guns, photos NHL rookie video by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Upper Deck wants you to know about the NHL’s best rookies.

Upper Deck released photos for 2010-11 Upper Deck Series 1‘s Young Guns Rookie Cards, which will feature top young stars and will fall on average of six per box.

The company also released its second NHL rookie-themed video “Never Throw a Teammate under the Bus” with Edmonton Oiler rookies Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Magnus Paajarvi.

See a gallery of Young Guns images, as well as get a checklist, after the jump.

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Ten NHL rookies to watch in 2010 by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing editor

The NHL kicked off its season last week. There have already been a handful of hockey products to hit the market, but there are still many sets for collectors to put their hands on.

As I went through hockey rosters, I’ve put together a list of 10 rookies to look for 2010. Most of these players do not have official Rookie Cards yet, but can be found in prospects sets such as 2009-10 In the Game.

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World Junior Hockey Stars Honored in ITG Heroes & Prospects by Tracy Hackler

One of the most thrilling battles in the history of the IIHF World Junior Championship took place just two days ago, when Team USA brought home the gold medal after a hard-fought battle with a strong Canadian team.

Collectors will soon be able to obtain new cards honoring many of the players who took part in the annual tournament with the upcoming release of 2009-10 ITG Heroes and Prospects. Many of the players currently star in the AHL and CHL and come from several of the nations that participated.

“We want to offer our sincere congratulations to members of the American team on their gold medal victory,” said ITG President Dr. Brian Price. “Additionally, we also want to recognize the hard work of the Canadian players as they fought hard to force overtime and put forth an incredible effort. The Canadian team has been a force in recent years and they should be congratulated on their amazing streak of five consecutive titles.”

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ITG “Super Boxes” of 2008-09 Heroes and Prospects by ejahnke

In honor of the Canadian National U20 Junior Team winning the gold at this year’s World Junior Hockey Championship, In The Game is issuing 400 special edition Heroes & Prospects Super Boxes.

The “Super Box” contains thirty packs of 2008-09 Heroes & Prospects plus a specially-stamped autograph card from one of these nine players:

John Tavares

Thomas Hickey

Alex Pietrangelo

P.K. Subban

Jordan Eberle

Tyler Ennis

Angelo Esposito

Zack Boychuk

Cody Hodgson

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