The Goaltending Museum.
Remember that name. I say remember it because I'm sure it will be coming to a city or Expo near you at some point, if it hasn't already. Bruce's Goaltending Museum is something that I've had the pleasure to watch expand for a good number of years now. From his monthly pickups to his show set ups, Bruce's outspoken passion for his Goaltending Museum knows no limits.
If you're a fan of goaltending, game-used memorabilia, hockey history, or a combination of all 3, then hold onto your hats and enjoy the ride in the newest instalment of Collectors Corner:
I am Bruce C. from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I got into collecting at first, by sheer chance. As a young child in the early 1990s, my first hockey cards were two cards that my dad found in a vent in my family's first apartment back in Burnaby, BC and those were a Dixon Ward Young Guns cards and an Alexander Karpovtsev Russian Stars Upper Deck rookie. Truly a bizarre start
Who/What do you collect?
I used to be a Beckett published Super Collector for Arturs Irbe cards back in 2012, however, that collection was ultimately the railway that led me to pursuing my "BRC Goaltending Museum" project. What I currently collect with singular focus is game worn memorabilia of NHL goalies, with the ultimate goal of getting at least one game worn piece of every single goalie to have ever played in the NHL. Jerseys, gloves, blockers, masks, sticks, pads, you name it...I want it. One day, when I have enough big pieces, I plan to have a travelling museum that visits all of the hockey hubs of the world and educates about all things related to NHL goaltending!
Why did you start collecting what you collect?
This is a long story indeed. I started collecting Arturs Irbe cards back in the mid 2000s and made quite a name for myself as the "Irbe Guy" wherever I went and I actually made it as a Super Collector of him on both Beckett and Sports Card Forum. Goaltending was always my favorite position both watching and "playing" hockey growing up. I use "playing" loosely as I think an empty net was better than me as a netminder and my skating ability was non-existent. Arturs Irbe was my favorite goalie growing up because unlike other goalies of the time with their designer pads and mask designs, he had this decrepit old "white" Koho set, and an antiquated Jofa bucket for a mask. He gave 110% every night, he had a humble beginning in the old Soviet Union, and whenever he spoke, he came across as a wise, upbeat, and intelligent man, which are all traits that I most admire in life. His Stanley Cup run with the Canes in 2002 (despite Detroit winning) was something for the ages, especially seeing as his save percentage and goals against average was actually better than Dominik Hasek's in that post-season! Wow!
What’s Your Favourite Card or Item(s)?
My favorite hockey card, is by far my 1999-00 BAP Millennium Goalie Memorabilia card of Arturs Irbe. As for my favorite pieces in the museum collection. That is such a tough choice. I love them all for their own unique stories. I'd say if I were to pick a top five (and I cannot stress how difficult that is), this would be it:
What's On Your Current Wantlist? Are there any ‘White Whales’ you’d like to add one day?
Every NHL goalie in history who I do not have is on my list of course, but my number one "White Whale" is one of the two 2001-02 Carolina Hurricanes Stanley Cup Final game worn jerseys worn by Arturs Irbe during that year's run.
How can other collectors reach out to you?
I am extremely easy to find and contact. These are the many different ways that I can be reached in the hobby:
The Goaltending Museum
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Author - Aaron
I've been collecting Hockey cards since the late 90's. Mainly the goalies since 2005. I also Co-Host a Hockey Card Podcast.
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