Yesterday I thought I had a neat little factoid about Glen Hanlon – that in his first 3 1/3 NHL games (4 appearances), he had two shutouts and was lit up for 9 goals in the remaining 80 minutes.
Stephen waded in to correct this. The card, sadly (but perhaps not surprisingly) is wrong. Hanlon did play 200 minutes and gave up the 9 goals, but there was nary a shutout to be seen. My go-to site for that sort of thing doesn’t have Hanlon games going back that far, but Hockey Reference confirms this, so there you go.
Now, that’s a little irritating but it isn’t the first mistake on a card and certainly wasn’t the last. It’s not even the only error on a rookie from that set. The most famous card released that year contained an error, as well.
The error isn’t immediately obvious, but look at his stat line:
It all looks relatively straightforward, but Wayne actually played 80 games as a WHA rookie, not 60. (I checked this time before posting.)
The interesting thing about this error is not just that nobody caught it in time to get 1979-80 correct, but they carried the error forward for years. Each Gretzky card between 1980-81 and 1983-84 showed him playing 8 games for Indianapolis and 52 for Edmonton and did his career totals accordingly. It wasn’t until 1984-85 that this was finally corrected.
So now I need to check the rest of Hanlon’s cards to see when they fixed the shutout thing.