Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Scott Munroe Autographed Card

I hope this veteran netminder finds his way to the NHL some day, mostly because I want to hear TV commentators repeatedly saying the words ''the Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan native''. For now, however, he's in the KHL, playing for the Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.

He's put up awesome numbers in the AHL (career GAA of 2.60; career save % of .919) after an exceptional collegiate career at University Of Alabama in Huntsville, where he was the CHA's Rookie of the Year coming in and co-Player of the Year leaving. He holds just about every Chargers' goaltending records and is the guy you want in nets when the going gets tough: he once stopped 33 of 34 shots faced in a single period (against powerhouse University of Minnesota) and was the winning goalie in the AHL's longest game ever played, making 65 saves in a 3-2 overtime win that lasted 142:58 against the Albany River Rats.

This card is #47 in In The Game's 2007-08 Between The Pipes set, the Future Stars sub-set. A friend of mine sent Munroe two last season, care of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (the New York Islanders' farm team), thinking the goalie might keep one, but instead he sent both back, signed in blue sharpie. Knowing how huge a fan I am of journeyman goaltenders, he gave me one. This is one instance in which a black sharpie might have done a better job, but I'm not about to complain here!

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