McFarlane recently unveiled their NHL Series 17 action figures and looks to be one of their best line-ups recently.
McFarlane have also announced that it has extended the NHL Series 17 Sports Picks action figures from four to six players in order to try add offer figures from both the NHL and NHPLA and keep their many fans happy.
As well as extending their line up from four NHL Action figures to six NHL Series 17 also introduces an expanded goal set up.
These special goal set ups will have peg-holes to display the goalies and opposing skaters on the same base. There will be two versions of these goal packs available, a classic goal and a modern goal.
The goal packs only be available through McFarlane’s Tempe, Glendale and online stores as well as selected retailers.
The goals will be flat packed in order to save in packaging and shipping charges. Only mock photos are currently available as they are still in development, but we will keep you up dated as new information becomes available.
The new NHL series 17 line up features four of the NHL’s top players in their new look RBK Edge uniforms as well as two retro figures.
Toronto’s Jason Blake, Pittsburgh’s Evengi Malkin, Washington’s Alexandra Ovechkin 2, and Buffalo’s Ryan Miller will be showing of their new RBK Edge uniforms and then there will be a Trevor Linden figure sporting the black Vancouver jersey from their 1994 Finals run and last, but by no means least, is a retro Joe Sakic figure in his Quebec Nordiques jersey.
NHL Series 17 Due Jan, 2008
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NHL Series 17 Alexandra Ovechkin
Alexandra is Russian by birth and was born on September 17th, 1985 in Moscow.
Both his parents are accomplished athletes in Russia, his father as a professional football player (English football) and his mother a two times Olympic gold medal winner with the Soviet's women's basketball team.
Rather than helping him this hindered his development because even though he had started player hockey at the age of eight he had to quit early on as his parents didn't have the time to take him to the rink.
His parents were told by one of his coaches that they should encourage him to continue playing but despite this, and with the death of his older brother it was two years before he started playing again.
In Russia many hockey teams still build players from childhood through their systems encouraging them to stay when they are able to make the choice of which team they wish to play for and in the hope that some will become Russian Super league players.
Alexandra Ovechkin was brought up through the Moscow Dynamo's system and made his debut in the Russian Super league at the age of 16 for the 2001-02 seasons.
He won an award as Best Left Wing in the Super league in the 2003-04 seasons. He later had to sit out for two months of the 2003-04 after sustaining an injury in the Gold Medal Game against Canada in the World Junior Championships.
In the 2004 NHL Entry Draft he was picked first overall by the Washington Capitals making him only the second Russian in the NHL's history to be drafted first overall.
However due to the NHL lockout he didn't debut in the Majors until October 5, 2005.
He was named rookie of the Month in both December and January as well as being name Offensive Player of the Month in January making him one of only three players to receive both in the same month.
He also became the first rookie in 15 years to be voted to the NHL's All-Star Team.
As well as his accomplishments and achievements with the Moscow Dynamos and the Washington Capitals he also has a substantial international standing.
At 16 he became the highest scoring player in the World Under 18 Junior Championships, a record he still holds, and helped the National Junior team to a gold medal with two hat tricks.
He was also the youngest player ever to be selected for the Russian National team for the Euro tour at the age of 17 and also became the youngest player ever to score for the National Team.
Then in 2004 he was the youngest player in the World Cup of Hockey when he was selected again for the Russian National Team.
In 2006 he played in his first Winter Olympics where he scored five goals, including the winning goal that knocked the Canadian team out of the tournament.
- 2005-06 and 2006-07 NHL First All-Star Team
- 2005-06 Calder Memorial Trophy NHL Rookie of the Year
- December 2005 and January 2006 NHL Rookie of the Month Award
- January 2006 NHL Offensive Player of the Month
- Week ending December 31, 2005 and Week ending January 23, 2006 Offensive Player of the Week
- 2005-06 and 2006-07 Kharlamov Trophy for Best NHL Russian player
- 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships- Best Forward
- 2006 Winter Olympics- Ice Hockey All Tournament Team
- 2006 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships- Media All Star Team
NHL Series 17 Figure Specs
Measures 5¼ inches to top of helmet; 5¾ inches at highest point (left elbow). Articulated at neck wrists and knees. Includes stick and puck. Custom base is 6 inches wide by 3½ inches deep.
Like Alexandra Ovechkin Evgeni was also drafted in the 2004 NHL Entry draft, in fact he was drafted by the Philadelphia Penguins second overall to his fellow countryman Alexandra.
Evgeni was born in Magnitogorsk in the USSR on July 31, 1986. He was part of the Metallurg Magnitogorsk hockey school and had been a consistently top scorer on the Russian National Team in 2006.
Both his father and brother are also products of the Metallurg Magnitogorsk hockey school system.
Unlike his comrade Evgeni had a hard time joining the NHL as at the time he was still under contract to play with Metallurg Magnitogorsk and the Russian Hockey Federation refused to ratify his transfer agreement forcing him to honour his contract.
After signing a new contract under severe "psychological pressure" he resorted to a Cold War style defection to the US in order to join the Philadelphia Penguins.
On his arrival in Los Angeles Evgeni invoked a Russian labor law allowing him to cancel his contract by faxing two weeks notice and allowing him to sign with the Penguins.
Then in October, 2006 his former Russian club filed a lawsuit trying to prevent him playing and seeking an injunction and damages claiming he was still contracted to them but the lawsuit was thrown out by the district court in February, 2007.
His debut game was on October 18, 2006 against the New Jersey Devils and he set a new NHL record by scoring at least one goal in each of his first six games.
This had never previously been achieved by any player in the NHL since its inaugural season in 1917.
- October, 2006 and November, 2006 NHL Rookie of the Month Award
- 2007 Joint Pittsburgh Penguins Rookie of the Year Award with Jordan Staal
- 2007 Calder Memorial Trophy Rookie of the Year
NHL Series 17 Figure Specs
Measures 5 5/8 inches at top of helmet. Articulated at neck, wrists and knees. Includes stick and puck. Custom base is 6 inches wide by 3½ inches deep.
Ryan is the older brother of Drew Miller who is a winger with the Anaheim Ducks. He was born on July 17, 1980 in East Lansing, Michigan.
He comes from a family of hockey players with ten members of the Miller family having played for the Michigan State University Spartans.
Before being drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 5th round, 138th overall, of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft Ryan played as a goalie for the Santa Clara Valley Blackhawk’s.
He played for the Spartans for three seasons before moving to the American Hockey League for the Rochester Americans, an affiliate of the Sabers, in 2002-03.
In 2005-06 he managed to establish himself as the Sabers starting goalie and ranked 11th among the NHL goalies with a 2.60 GAA and 9th with a save percentage of .914 and he led the Sabres to a surprise winning season and gained a reputation for being one of the hardest working goalies in the NHL. On September 8th, after he became a restricted free agent, the Sabres announced that they had re-signed him on another three year contract.
- Hobey Baker Award 2001
- Player of the Month Oct, 2006
- In2007 the Sabres won The Presidents Trophy
NHL Series 17 Figure Specs
Measures 4¼ inches at top of helmet; 4 3/8 inches at highest point (right elbow). Includes stick and puck. Custom base is 6 inches wide by 3½ inches deep.
Born on April 11 in 1970 in Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada Trevor Linden was drafted second overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks.
He started his hockey career with his hometown team the Medicine Hat Tigers in the WHL who he helped win the 1987 and 1988 Memorial Cup.
After his NHL debut with the Vancouver Canucks for the 1988-89 seasons he was named to the NHL All Rookie Team and the following season was named as the youngest captain in the NHL at the time.
Then in the 1993-94 seasons Linden was instrumental in the Canucks making it to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 12 years, but despite his heroics in the seven games and his scoring twice they were unable to beat the New York Rangers.
Linden also set a Canucks record between October 1990 and December 1996 by playing in 482 consecutive games, which was eventually beaten in 2007 by Brendan Morrison who set a new NHL record.
He also completed six seasons with 30 or more goals in this period.
The following season, with the arrival of Mark Messier, who was given Linden's captaincy, Linden was traded to the New York Islanders and was then named as captain of the Islanders franchise. Some have described Messier's arrival as hostile forcing Linden out.
After the 1998-99 seasons he was traded to the Montreal Canadians and was named to the 1998 Canadian Olympic ice hockey team. However his stay was short and he was traded to the Washington Capitals for the 2001-02 seasons.
However after only 28 games with the Washington Capitals over two years he was traded back to the Canucks. On 26 March, 2002 he played his 1000th regular NHL game. and 758th game with the Canucks.
On August 21, 2007 Linden signed a 1-year contract with the Canucks, his 16 season with the Canucks.
- 1989 Nominated for Calder Memorial Trophy
- 1989 Hockey News Rookie of the Year
- 1989 NHL All Rookie Team
- 1989 Molson Cup- most game star selections for the Canucks
- 1989 Cyclone Taylor Award (MVP)
- 1989 Most Exciting Player
- NHL All Star Game
- 1991 Molson Cup
- 1991 Cyclone Taylor Trophy
- Cyrus H. McLean Trophy (leading scorer)
- 1991 Most Exciting Player
- 1992 NHL All Star Game
- 1992 Cyrus H.McLean Trophy
- 1995 Cyclone Taylor Trophy
- 1996 Cyclone Taylor Trophy
- 1997 King Clancy Memorial Trophy
- Order of British Columbia
NHL Series 17 Figure Specs
Measures 6 inches to top of helmet. Articulated at neck, shoulders, wrists and knees. . Includes stick and puck. Custom base is 6 inches wide by 3½ inches deep.
Jason Blake was born on September 2, 1973 in Moorhead, Minnesota. He initially played for the Waterloo Blackhawks in the United States Hockey League.
In 1999 he was signed by the Los Angeles Kings as a free agent and was traded to the New York Islanders in 2001.
During the 2005-06 seasons he set new career highs in goals and points. In February, 2006 he was part of the US Olympics Team held in Italy.
At the end of the 2006-07 seasons he became an unrestricted free agent but he was neither traded nor re-signed by the Islanders but before the NHL trading deadline he was signed on July 1by the Toronto Maple Leafs on a 5 year contract worth a reported $20 million.
Career Highlights1994-95 All Rookie Team1996-97 First WCHA All Star Team1997-98 First WCHA All Star Team1997-98 West Second All American Team1998-99 WCHA First All Star Team1998-99 WCHA Player of the Year 1998-99 NCAA West First All American Team2006 US Olympics Winter Games team2006-07 NHL All Star Game
NHL Series 17 Figure Specs
Measures 5 3/8 inches to top of helmet. Articulated at neck, wrists and knees. Includes stick and puck. Custom base is 6 inches wide by 3½ inches deep.
Joe Sakic was born on July 7, 1969 in Burnaby, British Columbia and has played with the Quebec Nordiques and Colorado franchise since 1988.
He is one of the most productive forwards in the game and has twice scored 50 goals in a season and earned at least 100 points in six seasons and has one of the best wrist shots in the league.
Joe met his wife, Debbie, at high school whilst he was playing for Swift Current and they have three children, two of which are twins.
He is an avid golf player in the off season and competed in the Pr Am Lake Tahoe tournament in 2006. He also holds his own annual charity tournament for the Colorado Food Bank.
Affectionately known in British Columbia as “Burnaby Joe” he is a fan favorite in his hometown and even has a street named after him.
Joe Sakic’s parents were ethnic-Croatian immigrants from the former Yugoslavia and he didn’t learn to speak English until he went to kindergarten. Due to his small stature he has had to rely on his skill rather than his size and he models himself after his idol Wayne Gretzky.
In 1986-7 after the Broncos had relocated to Swift Current to become the Swift Current Broncos Joe played his first full season and was named the WHL Rookie of the Year.
The Broncos however suffered tragedy when on the night of the 30 December their driver lost control of their bus, on the way to a game against the Regina Pats he was, in poor weather conditions.
Four of Sakic’s teammates were killed in the accident but he was uninjured. Throughout his career he has refused to talk about the incident or its lasting impact on him.
The following season he was named as the WHL’s Most Valuable Player and Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year.
In the 1987 NHL Entry Draft Joe Sakic was picked 15th overall by the Quebec Nordiques but after the Nordiques management agreed to allow him to play out the season with the Broncos in order to prepare for the NHL he didn’t debut in the NHL until October 6, 1988.
Sakic had a successful rookie season scoring 62 points in 70 games and during his second season he scored 102 points placing him ninth overall in the league.
The following year, the 1990-91 season, he was named co-captain with Steven Finn, were he captained home games and Finn captained away games. He also topped his previous seasons tally with a total of 109 points giving him sixth place in the league.
From the 1992-93 season Joe Sakic became their sole captain and under his leadership they made the playoffs for the first time in six years as well as setting a franchise record for wins and points and for the third time in 5 years he again surpassed the 100 points mark with 105 points for the regular season.
Then in 1995 the Nordiques were sold and left Quebec to move to Denver, Colorado and were renamed the Colorado Avalanche. In their first season Sakic led the team to their first Stanley Cup Championships. In 1996 he was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player.
During the 1996-97 season he only played in 65 games due to a lacerated calf but still managed to score 74 points and the team earnt their first Presidents Trophy.
In the summer of 1997 Sakic became a free agent and he signed a $21 million three year agreement with the New York Rangers as an unrestricted free agent, but under the collective bargaining agreement the Colorado Avalanche had had seven days to match their offer, which they did.
He missed 18 games with the Avalanche’s in the 1997-98 season due to a knee injury during his first Olympics. Despite this he still managed to score 63 points to earn him his seventh All-Star game.
The following season saw him rebound from his injuries finishing the season fifth overall in the league and leading the Colorado Avalanche to within one game of the Stanley Cup Championships, loosing against the Dallas Stars who went on to win the Championships.
He led them to the Stanley Cup Championships again in 2000-01, this time winning, as well as scoring 118 for the season and winning the Hart Memorial Trophy, The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Award.
On March 9, 2002 he reached his 1,000 career game and the Avalanche again reached the Western Conference finals but lost the cup to the eventual winners, the Detroit Red Wings.
In 2004-2005 the Colorado Avalanche lost many of their top players due to the salary cap they still made it into the playoffs but eventual lost to the Anaheim Ducks in the semi-finals.
The following seasons he signed a one year contract with the Avalanche for the 2006-07 season. At the age of 37 he again surpassed 100 points in a season, the sixth time in his career, becoming the second oldest player to achieve this accolade but despite this the Avalanche missed the playoffs for the first time in eleven years.
He again signed a one year deal the following year for the 2007-08 season quoting the “at this point in my career I prefer to do one year deals as I evaluate my play year to year”.
He has been voted to 13 NHL All-Star games and played in twelve of them, twice as captain.
As well as his outstanding NHL career Joe Sakic has also represented Canada seven times. After being drafted by the Nordiques, in 1988, he was instrumental in Canada winning the 1988 World Junior Championship.
He followed by playing for Canada in the 1991 World Championships were he helped Canada win a silver medal.
In 1994 Sakic played a crucial part in Canada’s winning the World Championships with seven points in eight games.
He again played in the Team Canada team for the 1996 World Championships but this time he played a less crucial part in the team and they ended up in second place.
In 1988 NHL players were allowed to compete in the Olympics for the first time but suffering from a knee injury Canada had a poor Olympics and finished a disappointing fourth place. He was again picked for the 2002 Olympics team and this time the Canada team dominated the games all the way to a gold medal, the first in 50 years for Canada. As a result Sakic was named the MVP of the tournament.
Their next Olympic tournament in 2006 was disastrous, despite high expectations, with the team finishing seventh overall and Sakic only scoring three points.
- 1987 WHL East Second All-Star Team
- 1987 WHL Player of the Year
- 1987 East Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year)
- 1988 CHL Player of the Year
- 1988 WHL East First All-Star Team
- 1988 WHL Bob Clarke Trophy (Leading Scorer)
- 1988 WHL Player of the Year
- 1996 Conn Smythe Trophy<
- 1998 M.A.C. Most Assists With Children Award
- 2001 Bud Light Minus/Plus Award
- 2001 Hart Memorial Trophy
- 2001 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
- 2001 Lester B. Pearson Award
- 2001, 02, 04 NHL First All-Star Team
- 2004 NHL All-Star Game MVP
- 2004 NHL Sheraton Road Performer Award (most road points)
- 2007 Foundation Player Award
NHL Series 17 Figure Specs
Measures 5½ inches at top of helmet. Articulated at neck, wrists, right elbow and knees. . Includes stick and puck. Custom base is 6 inches wide by 3½ inches deep.
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