Saturday, April 6, 2013

Sylvain Lefebvre: 9 Autographed Items (Part 2: The Avs)

Unfortunately for him, Lefebvre was traded prior the the Montréal Canadiens'  Stanley Cup-winning 1992-93 season, to the Toronto Maple Leafs, of all teams. I purposely avoided sending him any cards of the Habs arch-rivals. He would only spend two seasons in Hockey Purgatory, though, before being traded to my favourite team, the Québec Nordiques, who went on to become the Colorado Avalanche. I do have a record of his passage there:

The card on the left is from Donruss' 1995-96 Leaf set (card #292), while the card on the right is from Upper Deck's 1995-96 Upper Deck set (card #342, the Electric Ice sub-set). Both were issued the year he won the Cup with the Avs - his daughter was even baptized in it.

The back of the UD card is pretty cool - it shows him wearing the assistant captain's 'A', and has him defending against none other than Mario Lemieux:

Sylvain Lefebvre would again miss out on a Stanley Cup, signing with Hockey's Country Club (the New York Rangers) prior to the 1999-00 season as a high-priced free agent, becoming the era's poster-boy for over-spending, even spending time in the AHL. He would retire after winning a championship in Switzerland, for SC Bern, in 2003-04.

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