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Welcome to The Real DFG's Pittsburgh Penguin Autograph Project. My goal is to eventually try and get at least one autograph of every player to lace up the skates in an NHL game for the Pittsburgh Penguins. It could have been for one game or 700 games, I will add them. Occasionally I may post cards of former players in their new team uniforms. While the goal is to get autos in Pens uni's, it isn't always possible. Since the team has been in existence since 1967, the list is pretty large. Last I checked, it was somewhere in the range of 624 different players. Currently, I sit at about 100 autographs (with some duplication). Enjoy the posts.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Randy Boyd

Randy Boyd was a solid, stay-at-home defenseman that logged over 250 games for four different clubs.  He came to the Penguins as the 51st pick in the 1980 Entry Draft.  By the next season, 1981-82, he earned himself a spot on the Pens roster full time.

His stay would be short though, as the Pens traded him away to Chicago in 1983 for Greg Fox (who only logged 75 total games for the Pens over two seasons).  Boyd later spent parts of seasons with the Islanders and the Canucks.
Joe's talent went mostly unnoticed at the NHL level but he spent many years impressing in minor league hockey.  He was selected to the IHL first all-star team in 1984-85.  In 1988-89, he won the Governor's trophy and a spot on the first all-star team again playing for the Milwaukee Admirals.  After the 1993 season, Joe finally retired but took a coaching job in the ECHL with the Memphis River Kings.

Even though his career spanned from 1979-1994, he only has nine licensed cards that I know of.  This card comes from the 1983-84 O-Pee-Chee set and is considered his Rookie Card.  It's the only major manufacturers licensed card out there.  The other eight are all local team issue cards.  This was signed by Randy in person with a blue sharpie.

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