Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hannu Toivonen

Sent: 1/12/11
Received: 3/21/11
Time: 68 Days
Address: c/o Rockford IceHogs
Item Sent: 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Retro
Item Received: 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Retro, signed in blue Sharpie.

When you decide to try collecting an entire set of autographed cards, it can get difficult when writing to players you know little about.  Hannu Toivonen has been a journeyman goaltender for several years, mostly in the AHL.  He has had NHL cups of coffee with Boston and St. Louis, and is currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks' AHL affiliate in Rockford.  I essentially wrote to him because he's a Finn.  My Finnish heritage has taken precedence in selecting players to send request letters for the 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee retro set.  Mr. Toivonen did not disappoint.  I was vaguely familiar with him before, but he has a fan now!

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