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2011 Stanley Cup Coaches Go the Extra Mile for Special Insert in 2010-11 Zenith Hockey

June 17, 2011

“No prob.”

That simple two-word email from Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien to Panini America NHL acquisitions manager Alex Carbajal will likely do more to endear Julien to hockey collectors than anything his Stanley Cup-winning Bruins did on the ice this season.

That the fourth-year Bruins head coach even found time to file that abbreviated yet affirmative reply to Carbajal just hours after his Bruins beat Tampa Bay to win the Eastern Conference Finals was cool enough. Even cooler: It was in response to Carbajal’s request to have Julien sign one of his Behind the Bench cards slated for the upcoming 2010-11 Zenith Hockey with a special “2011 Stanley Cup Finals” inscription.

We think the one-of-a-kind result speaks for itself.

Not to be outdone, Vancouver Canucks head coach Alan Vigneault also penned the Stanley Cup notation on one of his autographed cards, creating added collectiblity to a Behind the Bench set that was already pretty fantastic before. In all, 10 current NHL head coaches made the Behind the Bench checklist, including Buffalo’s Lindy Ruff, Toronto’s Ron Wilson and Detroit’s Mike Babcock.

You can sneak a peek at the complete gallery — including both Stanley Cup variations — below. Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance in the coming days for additional coverage of 2010-11 Zenith, slated to release later this month.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2011 5:43 pm

    Very cool, I love inscriptions on cards. Any chance for future autographed subsets which all autographs come with some sort of inscription?

  2. June 18, 2011 9:37 am

    Hi Tracy,

    these cards look great, it’s a shame there couldn’t have been some duals like Jaques Martin/Guy Crabonneau, Vignault/Quinn etc.

    Anyway, I have been trying to get an answer on a question from several different venues (facebook, Customer service, SCF, etc) and I was hoping you would be able to help me out.
    I’m looking for info on the 10/11 Limited Phemnoms patch auto rc’s. There are several variations floating around out there and since I am doing this set, I would love to know how many there are, and what the print runs are so I can prioritize the order to get them in (lower first obviously). A panini rep (Al) on SCF was going to post this info before the expo, but he has been MIA ever since.

    thanks for anything you can find out for me!!!

  3. Barrie G permalink
    June 19, 2011 7:02 am

    Pretty awesome. Wish these sets were a bit bigger, it seems like so many of them are 10 or 12 cards. It would be nice to see a deeper checklist with more players/coaches/announcers included.

    Thanks for sharing T, you guys are doing great work.

    Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s at Panini!

  4. Emily permalink
    June 21, 2011 9:36 am

    Very cool. Was the Sharks coach unavailable?

  5. June 24, 2011 9:36 am

    I can’t wait! I’ve been hunting this info for months with zero success. Thanks for this Tracy!

    • June 27, 2011 3:17 pm

      Hey, Matt. Here’s the information from our Hockey Product Development team. (gold, silver and platinum). Most are team logos but they all add up to 360 total copies across all four versions (base, gold, silver and platinum). I hope this information helps.

      # Player Patch Quantity
      176 P.K. Subban Montreal Canadiens 360
      177 Eric Tangradi Pittsburgh Penguins 360
      178 Kevin Shattenkirk Colorado Avalanche 237
      178 Kevin Shattenkirk NHL Logo 30
      178 Kevin Shattenkirk NHLPA 93
      179 Brandon Yip Colorado Avalanche 360
      180 Jamie McBain Carolina Hurricanes 360
      181 Jared Cowen Ottawa Senators 360
      182 Brandon Pirri Chicago Blackhawks 360
      183 Jonas Holos NHLPA 208
      183 Jonas Holos NHL Logo 152
      184 Zac Dalpe Carolina Hurricanes 360
      185 Justin Mercier NHL Logo 200
      185 Justin Mercier Colorado Avalanche 10
      185 Justin Mercier NHLPA 150
      186 Brayden Irwin Toronto Maple Leafs 360
      187 Nick Bonino Anaheim Ducks 360
      188 John McCarthy San Jose Sharks 360
      189 Philip Larsen Dallas Stars 360
      190 Bobby Butler Ottawa Senators 360
      191 Henrik Karlsson Calgary Flames 360
      192 Casey Wellman Minnesota Wild 360
      193 Tommy Wingels San Jose Sharks 360
      194 Robin Lehner Ottawa Senators 322
      194 Robin Lehner Sweden Flag 33
      195 Marcus Johansson Washington Capitals 250
      195 Marcus Johansson Sweden Flag 110
      196 Maxim Noreau Minnesota Wild 360
      197 Nick Palmieri New Jersey Devils 360
      198 Dustin Tokarski Tampa Bay Lightning 360
      199 Cam Fowler Anaheim Ducks 360
      200 Jake Muzzin LA Kings 240
      200 Jake Muzzin Canada Flag 100
      200 Jake Muzzin NHL Logo 20
      201 Justin Falk Minnesota Wild 360
      202 Matt Taormina New Jersey Devils 360
      203 Dana Tyrell Tampa Bay Lighting 360
      204 Sergei Bobrovsky Philadelphia Flyers 360
      205 Mark Olver Colorado Avalanche 360
      206 T.J. Brodie Calgary Flames 360
      207 Tyler Seguin Boston Bruins 359
      207 Tyler Seguin NHL Logo 1
      208 Nazem Kadri Toronto Maple Leafs 360
      209 Jordan Eberle Canada Flag 25
      209 Jordan Eberle Edmonton Oilers 310
      209 Jordan Eberle NHL Logo 25
      210 Magnus Paajarvi Draft Logo 20
      210 Magnus Paajarvi NHL Logo 1
      210 Magnus Paajarvi Edmonton Oilers 290
      210 Magnus Paajarvi Sweden Flag 49
      211 Nino Niederreiter New York Islanders 360
      213 Jordan Caron Boston Bruins 360
      213 Derek Stepan New York Rangers 360
      214 Luke Adam Buffalo Sabres 360
      215 Nick Leddy Chicago Blackhawks 360
      216 Alexander Burmistrov Atlanta Thrashers 360
      217 Zach Hamill NHLPA 122
      217 Zach Hamill NHL Logo 103
      217 Zach Hamill Boston Bruins 135
      218 Nick Johnson Pittsburgh Penguins 360
      219 Oliver Ekman-Larsson Phoenix Coyotes 360
      220 Kyle Clifford L.A.Kings 360
      221 Brayden Schenn L.A. Kings 360
      222 Anders Lindback Nashville Predators 360
      223 Taylor Hall Draft Logo 155
      223 Taylor Hall 2011 ASG 200
      223 Taylor Hall Edmonton Oilers 5
      224 Steve Carlson NHL Logo 360
      225 Dave Hanson Detroit Red Wings 360

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