Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Clarke MacArthur Autographed Card

Back in January, the Ottawa Senators announced they were shutting Clarke MacArthur down for the season due to post-concussion syndrome, and many thought it spelled the end for his career.

Until last night, when he suited up in a 2-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings:

It was only his fifth game since the start of the 2015-16 season.

This was 18 months in the making, and a grand moment for him and his family. We'll see where that leads, as concussions have a sneaky way of being symptom-free for a day or two then hitting back with a vengeance - and notwithstanding the fact that the playoffs are right around the corner and usually involve heavier hitting than the regular season - but, for now, this is a pure and positive a story as can be.

I wish him luck and health going forward.

Here he is wearing the Sens' white (now-away) uniform, on card #406 from Upper Deck's 2013-14 Series 2 set, which he signed in (fading) blue sharpie:
It depicts him fighting for the puck in front of then-Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen, now with MacArthur's former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs... the Sens' likely first round opponents.

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