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In The Game previews Enforcers II hockey
Posted Sep 3, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Sep 3, 2013 at 06:58 PM
What could be more exciting than dropping the puck, which signifies the beginning of a hockey game?
Dropping the gloves, of course.
Hockey is a fast, graceful sport, but when does the crowd get into the game? When two guys drop the gloves, circle warily and then trade a few punches. I’m not condoning it; but it’s part of reality in the NHL.
In The Game will focus on hockey’s tough guys again this year with the release of Enforcers II in early October.
Each box of Enforcers II will contain 12 cards. There will be four autograph cards, three game-used memorabilia cards and five base cards.
The base set will consist of 90 cards and will continue some of the subsets that were used in Enforcers I, like Tale of the Tape and Bloody Battles. New inserts will include Goalie Battles, 3,000 PIM Club, League Leaders and Tag Teams.
Autograph cards will include tough guys like Steve Carlson, Jeff Carlson, Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Chris Simon and Cam Russell.
Duel Autographs is not a misprint. To be sure, the card will contain a pair of signatures. But the “duel” part commemorates battles between players like Eric Lindros and Kris King, Cam Connor and Jeff Carlson, and Bob Probert and Craig Coxe.
In The Game notes that many of the memorabilia subsets that were featured in Enforcers I will return for Enforcers II. The names are enough to get a hockey fan’s adrenaline going: Instigators (jersey and patch cards), Combatants, Fight Straps and Tough Franchise.
One of the new relic inserts that I like is called Pugilistic Puck Stoppers. This pays tribute to goalies that left the crease to fight opposing players and includes Patrick Roy, Chris Osgood, Felix Potvin and Ron Hextall. A second new set, Between the Pipes Battles, follows the same theme of tough-guy goalies—except these battles were between opposing netminders.
Duel Tough patches (there’s that play on words again) will match game used memorabilia from two players that fought, with patches on both sides of the card.
The release date for Enforcers II is just in time for the opening of the NHL season. Looks like there are a lot of hard-hitting cards.