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Out of Place – Wendel Clark, Chicago Blackhawks

4 Feb
1999-00 Upper Deck - Wendel Clark

1999-00 Upper Deck – Wendel Clark

The 1999-2000 season was Wendel Clark’s last ride in the NHL, and it ended as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs and a 6-game series loss to the New Jersey Devils, which included one of the greatest ovations I’ve ever seen in his last game at the Air Canada Centre.  A lot of Leaf fans remember that one.

A lot of fans, however, don’t remember his 13-game stint with the Chicago Blackhawks earlier that season – and I think we’d probably not remember that.  Actually, let’s just forget about Quebec, the Islanders, Detroit and Tampa Bay as well, and watch this video instead:

And also this hockey card:

1990-91 Bowman - Wendel Clark

1990-91 Bowman – Wendel Clark

There, that’s better.

Blackhawks 5, Maple Leafs 4: Turning to Nostalgic Misery Instead of Current Misery

29 Feb

1987-88 O-Pee-Chee - Rick Vaive

While wallowing in the misery that is being a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs on nights like this, a blown-lead, 5-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, I decided to wallow in some nostalgic misery instead.  The nostalgic misery involves the same two Original Six teams, and took place on September 3, 1987.

1987-88 O-Pee-Chee - Al Secord

1987-88 O-Pee-Chee - Ed Olczyk

On that date, Toronto traded Rick Vaive (their only 50-goal scorer to that point), Steve Thomas and Bob McGill to Chicago for Al Secord and Ed Olczyk.  Sure, Olczyk had a couple of decent years for the Leafs, but Secord was done by then and trading Thomas always stung.

It’s a rough time in Leafs Nation these days.  We’re turning to Ballard-era Leaf trades for our nostalgia.

Fantastic Fashions – 1991-92 Chicago Blackhawks

5 Oct

1992-93 O-Pee-Chee - Jocelyn Lemieux

Sometimes when I talk about Fantastic Fashions I’m not being sarcastic.  During the NHL’s 75th anniversary in 1991-92, the Original Six teams all wore vintage jerseys during the season.  There were hits (Boston, Detroit, and Toronto), and there were misses (Montreal and New York).  The Chicago Blackhawks, though, really hit the nail on the head with theirs.

In this 1992-93 O-Pee-Chee card, Jocelyn Lemieux sports the 75th anniversary jersey, making retro cool years before the old school craze really hit.

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