2011 Stanley Cup Coaches Go the Extra Mile for Special Insert in 2010-11 Zenith Hockey

June 17, 2011

“No prob.”

That simple two-word email from Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien to Panini America NHL acquisitions manager Alex Carbajal will likely do more to endear Julien to hockey collectors than anything his Stanley Cup-winning Bruins did on the ice this season.

That the fourth-year Bruins head coach even found time to file that abbreviated yet affirmative reply to Carbajal just hours after his Bruins beat Tampa Bay to win the Eastern Conference Finals was cool enough. Even cooler: It was in response to Carbajal’s request to have Julien sign one of his Behind the Bench cards slated for the upcoming 2010-11 Zenith Hockey with a special “2011 Stanley Cup Finals” inscription.

We think the one-of-a-kind result speaks for itself.

Not to be outdone, Vancouver Canucks head coach Alan Vigneault also penned the Stanley Cup notation on one of his autographed cards, creating added collectiblity to a Behind the Bench set that was already pretty fantastic before. In all, 10 current NHL head coaches made the Behind the Bench checklist, including Buffalo’s Lindy Ruff, Toronto’s Ron Wilson and Detroit’s Mike Babcock.

You can sneak a peek at the complete gallery — including both Stanley Cup variations — below. Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance in the coming days for additional coverage of 2010-11 Zenith, slated to release later this month.