Too Cool for Cardboard – Doug Gilmour

30 Jun

1992-93 Upper Deck - Doug Gilmour

A couple of days ago, Doug Gilmour, along with Ed Belfour, Joe Nieuwendyk, and Mark Howe, were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.  Leaf fans who watched him at his best know that he is fully deserving of the honour.

Doug Gilmour was the man – a legend among mere mortals, if you want to be more specific – in Toronto after he arrived from Calgary in January 1992.  1992-93 and 1993-94 were Gilmour’s best, and he was one of the top players in the league night after night, as well as deep into the playoffs those two years with the Leafs.

The card above, issued by Upper Deck in 1992-93, showed the world just how cool Dougie was, even before he really peaked.  Looking back though, you had to know that he’d end up in the Hall of Fame eventually.  I mean, look at that blend of cool and tough.  The leather jacket.  The jeans.  The biker t-shirts.  Unbelievable.  You know there’s a 6-pack of Molson product around there somewhere.

Congrats Dougie, and thanks for all the great years.

UPDATE: WATCH THIS VIDEO

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