Giving a personal hockey card to each player on your team at the end of the season is a great gift idea. Many young sports fans dream of seeing themselves on their own trading card someday. You can make that dream a reality by using many of the free downloadable trading card templates found online. Creating personalized hockey cards for a roster of 20 players won't take more than two hours and some printer ink.
Things You'll Need
- Notebook for statistics
- Digital camera
- Computer with Internet access
- Microsoft Word and/or Adobe Photoshop
- Thick paper stock
- Glue stick (if necessary)
Prepare for creating your team's hockey cards by keeping detailed records of their statistics throughout the season. Popular hockey stats include goals, assists, +/- (plus/minus) and penalty minutes for skaters; popular goalie statistics are wins, losses, ties and shutouts. Keep these records in a notebook for later reference.
Take at least one picture of each of your hockey players with a digital camera. Good picture ideas include in-game action or posed pictures taken off the ice. If it's a game photo, try to get the player's entire body into the picture. For posed shots, have the player wear all gear except for his helmet. If the player kneels, get his entire body into the photo; if the player stands, capture the player's body from the waist up. Take multiple pictures and have your player choose which one they would like used. Upload the photos into a separate file folder on your computer.
Use your Internet browser to locate downloadable hockey card templates. Many templates are uploaded to either Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop for completion. Look for templates that include both a front for the player's name and picture and a back for statistics. Good templates will utilize pre-placed text fields for all information, minimizing time needed to format the card yourself. Some websites offer a generator that allows you to enter information on the website to create a printable finished version of your hockey card.
Open the hockey card trading template by using the specified document processing software.
Locate the template for the front of the hockey card. Enter the player name and team name into the appropriate fields. Import the player picture file and set it in the appropriate position. Use cropping tools found in Photoshop or the Format Picture toolbar in Microsoft Word to change the picture's size, if necessary.
Locate the template for the card back. Enter the statistical information you recorded over the season. You may need to adjust the template to add a statistical field or delete one that you didn't record. You can further personalize the card by adding a fun fact about each player, such as the date of his first goal that year or his favorite professional hockey player.
Print the hockey cards on thick paper stock. Cut out each individual card with a pair of scissors. Go slow to make the edges as neat as possible. If you need to fold the paper to create the card, use a glue stick to secure the folded piece of paper into a rectangular card shape.
Tips & Warnings
- Print out additional copies of each personalized card for players to give to parents or friends.
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