Mike Krushelnyski, Cartoon Airbrushing and a Simpler Time

1988-89 O-Pee-Chee – Mike Krushelnyski

Cards like this beauty of Mike Krushelnyski bring me back to a simpler time. A time when we knew which photos were altered and which ones weren’t. Things are a lot more complicated, photo-wise, now. Just go on the Internet and look for anything, you’ll understand.

In 1988, there was no Photoshop, and I think the public was generally assumed to be pretty dumb, which is in large part why O-Pee-Chee was able to get away with this. 

A lot of times they stuck to head and shoulder photos for their airbrushing “magic,” so you might not notice what they’d done right away – like with Jimmy Carson below. But with Krushelnyski, they basically made him into a cartoon. I know they wanted to show off the fancy new Kings jerseys, but this might not have been the best approach. 

1988-89 O-Pee-Chee - Jimmy Carson
1988-89 O-Pee-Chee – Jimmy Carson

That said, if you’re looking for me, I’m going to be in the basement, airbrushing old pictures.

Petr Klima’s Mullet Was All About the Party

1990-91 Bowman - Petr Klima
1990-91 Bowman – Petr Klima (was Klima hung over here?)

They say “business in the front, party in the back.”  Petr Klima’s hair met the criteria, but from the sounds of things, he was all about the party – the one in the front and the one in the back.

I guess I was too young to realize it at the time, but Klima got himself into a lot of trouble (and had a lot of fun), especially when he was a Detroit Red Wing early in his career and he was buddies with a fellow named Bob Probert.  You could either say he adjusted very well or very poorly to life beyond the Iron Curtain, depending on your perspective.

There are probably lots of people who remember Klima for his lifestyle choices, but I choose to remember him in a bit of a different way.  I remember  him as the guy who brought the Czechoslomullet to the NHL, and possibly North America, before Jaromir Jagr made it mainstream.  I also remember him for his terrible helmet, which was probably designed to fit the hair properly.  Wayne Gretzky made the Jofa cool.  Petr Klima did not.

And who can forget him coming off the bench (where he’d spent most of the game) to score the triple overtime winner in Game 1 of the 1990 Stanley Cup Final?  I’ll bet that was a fun evening.