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.”