Sunday, June 29, 2014

Glen Wesley Autographed Card

There was a lot of Heritage and ''keeping it in the family'' picks at the 2014 draft, what with Donald Audette's son Daniel going to the Montréal Canadiens (who employ the father...), Ted Donato's son Ryan getting drafted by the Boston Bruins, but the biggest ''hockey DNA'' pick has to be John Wesley, chosen by the Carolina Hurricanes, the team that retired his father's jersey and that employs him as its director of development for defensemen.

Because I'm a Habs fan, I'll always associate Glen Wesley with the Bruins more than the 'Canes, but I understand if he feels differently, especially considering he spent almost two thirds of his career with that organization and just one third in Boston - though Carolina did send him off to the Toronto Maple Leafs once, which I personally would never forgive, but he went right back and signed with the Hurricanes the following summer.

He was recognized as an individual star player while in Boston (All-Rookie team in 1987-88, All-Star Games in 1989 and 1991), losing two Stanley Cup Finals with the Bruins in 1988 and 1990; he won a Cup in Carolina in 2006 after losing another one in 2002.

All told, he played in 1457 regular-season NHL games, scoring 128 goals, with 409 assists, 537 points and 1045 penalty minutes (plus 15-38-53 and 141 penalty minutes in 169 playoff games). He signed this card in blue sharpie for me during the 2006 playoffs:
It's from Pro Set's 1991-92 Series 1 collection (#1 in the set), showing him wearing the Bruins' long-time white (home) uniform.

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