Saturday, September 8, 2012

Milan Hejduk Autographed Card

One sub-story that was a bit looked over this week when Gabriel Landeskog became the youngest captain in NHL history this week was that it meant Milan Hejduk was relinquishing his title, after having been the third in Colorado Avalanche history, after Joe Sakic and Adam Foote.

Hejduk's reasoning behind his decision was that after failing to reach the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his career (after 12 consecutive seasons of doing so), he felt his role had diminished on the team, and he felt someone playing on the ''top two lines'' should deserve to lead the team.

My thoughts on this?
1. It proves he is a good leader
2. When Foote was the Avs' captain after a run with the Columbus Blue Jackets, he was no longer an elite player either...
Nonetheless, he remains an assistant captain (with Paul Stastny) and will be there to pick up the mantle should Landeskog get injured.

This is card #25 in Fleer's 2005-06 Hot Prospects, set manufactured by Upper Deck. He signed it in thin black sharpie a few years ago at a pre-season game between the Avs and the Montréal Canadiens held at the Avs' former home, the Québec Colisée Pepsi. With Tim Thomas on hiatus, Hejduk is officially the only Québec Nordiques draft pick (1994, 87th overall) still playing in the NHL.

I'll try to write him this year to get him to sign cards with other Avs uniforms, including their current third jersey.

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