David Aebischer has had good and not-so-good seasons in the NHL but can find solace in the fact that he was indispensable a few times in his career, notably for Team Switzerland at the 1998 World Juniors (bronze medal) and for the Colorado Avalanche, when he replaced newly-retired superstar Patrick Roy in 2003-04 en route to a 32-win, 2.09 GAA and .924% efficiency season. From a man who had gone 13-6-0 (1.88 GAA, .931 save %) in 2001-02, things were sure looking up...
But the lock-out cut his momentum short, and he would never have a GAA under 2.98 for the remainder of his NHL career, be it with the Montréal Canadiens or Phoenix Coyotes.
He then spent 4 full seasons in the Swiss league, with pretty much the same results while wearing the HC Lugano uniform, before coming back to North America this season and leading the AHL St. John's IceCaps (the Winnipeg Jets' farm team) to a regular season championship.
Here he is with the Avalanche, first in the burgundy (away) uniform:
There's also one of him in the white (home) uniform, from Fleer's 2005-06 Fleer Ultra set (card #54):
And a card of him with my hometown Habs, with the team's post-lockout white (away) uniform:
It's from Upper Deck's 2006-07 Victory set (card #102), one that always has a 90s-type of design, remains a complete set with lots of players and is relatively inexpensive to purchase by the pack.
(continued in the next post)