2020 Upper Deck National Hockey Card Day Runs February 15


Who doesn’t love free cards? 2020 Upper Deck National Hockey Card Day falls on February 15 — one sleep after Valentine’s Day. Once again, the promotion runs in both Canada and the United States. And this time, Gritty and some of hockey’s other mascots are getting in on the action.

The overriding idea behind National Hockey Card Day is simple — get collectors out to card shops and reward them with free packs. Many places make bigger events out of it, offering contests and other promotions to help build a sense of community showcase the hobby to some who may be new to collecting or returning after a long break.

While the structure of the set is similar on both sides of the border, the checklists in Canada and the United States are different.

2020 Upper Deck National Hockey Card Day – Canada

The main base set in Canadian packs features 15 cards. All players either play on Canadian teams or come from the Great White North.

The checklist is broken into three subsets: Canada’s Rookies, Pride of Canada and Hockey Heroes. Nick Suzuki and Erik Brannstrom are among the NHL freshmen in the set. Other big names include Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon and Joe Sakic.

The 16th and final card in the Canadian set belongs to Canucks rookie, Quinn Hughes and it isn’t available in packs. Rather, it’s an incentive to those making a $10 Upper Deck purchase at the shop.

A handful of chase cards are randomly inserted. Victory Black Rookies return with five new cards.

The new Mascot inserts feature furry friends from a handful of Canadian teams including Carlton the Bear from Toronto and Calgary’s Harvey the Hound. There’s also former Montreal Expos cheerleader, Youpii who now finds himself cheering for the Canadiens.

Three autographs, the toughest pulls in packs, represent hockey’s past, present and future. Lanny McDonald, Marc-Andre Fleury and Ryan Poehling are the available signatures.

2020 Upper Deck National Hockey Card Day – USA

Like the Canadian set, the 2020 Upper Deck National Hockey Card Day USA checklist has 15 base cards plus one that’s available with a similar qualifying purchase.

The subsets here are America’s Rookies, Stars in Stripes and American Icons. Flipping the borders, all players in USA packs either call the country home during hockey season or grew up there. Notable names include Kaapo Kakko, Cale Makar and Joe Pavelski.

Card #16, the one that comes with a $10 purchase, is Jack Hughes, the first overall pick in the 2019 draft.

Victory Black Rookies in American packs include Kakko, Adam Fox and Cody Glass.

Gritty headlines the Mascot chase cards.

USA autographs include Pavelski, Brock Boeser and Detroit’s Taro Hirose.

2020 Upper Deck National Hockey Card Day at a glance:

Cards per pack: 5
Set size: Canada – 16 cards, USA – 16
Release date: February 15, 2020

Keep an eye on Upper Deck’s National Hockey Card Day page for lists of participating shops and more.

2020 Upper Deck National Hockey Card Day Checklist


2020 Upper Deck NHCD Canada Checklist

Base Set

16 cards.

Canada’s Rookies

CAN-1 Nick Suzuki, Montreal Canadiens
CAN-2 Ville Heinola, Winnipeg Jets
CAN-3 Ryan Poehling, Montreal Canadiens
CAN-4 Rasmus Sandin, Toronto Maple Leafs
CAN-5 Erik Brannstrom, Ottawa Senators

Pride of Canada

CAN-6 Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
CAN-7 Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets
CAN-8 Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
CAN-9 Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames
CAN-10 Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights

Hockey Heroes

CAN-11 Grant Fuhr, Edmonton Oilers
CAN-12 Lanny McDonald, Toronto Maple Leafs
CAN-13 Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings
CAN-14 Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins
CAN-15 Joe Sakic, Quebec Nordiques

Rookie Moments

CAN-16 Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks – available with qualifying purchase

Autographs Checklist

CAN-LM Lanny McDonald, Toronto Maple Leafs
CAN-MF Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights
CAN-RP Ryan Poehling, Montreal Canadiens


M-6 Carlton the Bear, Toronto Maple Leafs
M-7 Harvey the Hound, Calgary Flames
M-8 Fin the Whale, Vancouver Canucks
M-9 Youppi!, Montreal Canadiens
M-10 Spartacat, Ottawa Senators

Victory Black Rookies

V-18 Cale Fleury, Montreal Canadiens
V-19 Rasmus Sandin, Toronto Maple Leafs
V-20 Ville Heinola, Winnipeg Jets
V-21 Nick Suzuki, Montreal Canadiens
V-22 Conor Timmins, Colorado Avalanche
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2020 Upper Deck NHCD USA Checklist

Card numbers TBA.

Base Set

16 cards.

America’s Rookies

Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche
Taro Hirose, Detroit Red Wings
Adam Fox, New York Rangers
Kaapo Kakko, New York Rangers
Cody Glass, Las Vegas Golden Knights

Stars in Stripes

Joe Pavelski, Dallas Stars
Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild
Ben Bishop, Dallas Stars
Zach Werenski, Columbus Blue Jackets
Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets

American Icons

Keith Tkachuk, Arizona Coyotes
Tony Amonte, New York Rangers
Chris Chelios, Montreal Canadiens
Pat LaFontaine, Buffalo Sabres
Mike Modano, Minnesota North Stars

Rookie Moments

Jack Hughes, New Jersey Devils – available with qualifying purchase


Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks
Joe Pavelski, Dallas Stars
Taro Hirose, Detroit Red Wings


Gritty, Philadelphia Flyers
SJ Sharkie, San Jose Sharks
Bernie the St. Bernard, Colorado Avalanche
Tommy Hawk, Chicago Blackhawks
Bailey, Los Angeles Kings

Victory Black Rookies

Max Jones, Anaheim Ducks
Kaapo Kakko, New York Rangers
Cody Glass, Las Vegas Golden Knights
Adam Fox, New York Rangers
Nikita Gusev, New Jersey Devils

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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