Out of Place – Esa Tikkanen

14 Feb

1997-98 Score - Esa Tikkanen

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love.  This post has nothing to do with Valentine’s Day.  Sorry to destroy your expectations.

Instead, we are going to talk about Esa Tikkanen.  Yeah, it’s a new category, where we will celebrate not love, but things that are Out of Place.

Esa Tikkanen is out of place in 1997-98 Score for two reasons:

#1 – He is playing for the Florida Panthers.  I had totally forgotten that this happened.
#2 – He is wearing number 97.  Ninety-fucking-seven.

Esa played all of 28 games with the Florida Panthers, before finishing 1997-98 with Washington.  The greatest quote I ever read about him was in Wayne Gretzky’s 1990 autobiography, where he said “Tik was either fearless or stupid, I’m not sure which.”

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