Harold Druken, raised in the St. John's neighbourhood of Shea Heights, began his hockey career after being named to Canada's National under-18 hockey team in the summer of 1995.
The following year he played Junior hockey with the Detroit Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League. Harold would almost be a point-per-game player that first season with the Whalers and would score 27 goals in 63 games his rookie season. The Whalers would release a 24-card team set including Druken as card #4.
As a preview of the 1997 NHL draft, in 1996-97 Upper Deck would issue their CHA Draft Class Program of Excellence cards which included Harold's rookie card #380. Although I think he got cheated out of a greater looking card (almost seems the photograph was taken when he was getting ready for the actual photo session) it is still great to see Harold in the glorious red, white & black.
On June 21, 1997 Harold was drafted in the second round (36th overall) by the Vancouver Canucks. Making his NHL debut in 1999, Harold played 146 NHL games over 5 seasons for Vancouver, Toronto and Carolina.
One of Harold's best-looking cards is the 1998-99 Upper Deck Black Diamond Prospect card that shows Harold in action when he played with the Canadian Junior team in 1999.