From the days of the "Original 6" and shortly thereafter, these (6) vintage hockey programs detail NHL combatants in text and images. The well-kept guides include:
1947/48 Chicago Black Hawks issued at the vaunted "Chicago Stadium" venue on Madison Street, this 40-page publication lists the rosters of the hosts and the visiting Boston Bruins. On page 14, Hawks players Doug Bentley (d.1972), Emile Francis, John Mariucci (d.1987) and Bud Poile (d.2005) have signed in pencil (all "8-9" strength). The covers and all pages remain intact (though the center page has become detached). The program exhibits (VG) overall quality.
1953/54 New York Rangers a 48-page Madison Square Garden program with a colorful Burris Jenkins, Jr. cover design. With covers and all pages intact, the guide shows (EX) quality.
1957/58 New York Rangers a 48-page program from Madison Square Garden with player bios and black-and-white images. With covers and all pages intact, the guide presents at the (EX) plateau.
1959 USA vs. Russia issued at Madison Square Garden for the 26th World Hockey Tournament, this 56-page guide shows (VG-EX) quality, with covers and all pages intact.
1965/66 New York Rangers a 40-page publication from the December 5, 1965 contest between the Rangers and Chicago Black Hawks at New York's Madison Square Garden. Covers and all pages are intact on this (EX) guide.
1968 Madison Square Garden Final Game issued at Madison Square Garden III at that version's final event on February 11, 1968, this 56-page guide features text and photos detailing historic events at the old facility (which had been in operation since 1925), as well as for the successor and current MSG. Covers and all pages remain intact. The guide presents as (VG-EX), though there is a handwritten notation on the front cover. Two ticket stubs from the historically significant finale are stapled to the front cover, and newspaper clippings detailing the event are tucked inside.