Thursday, September 13, 2012

Dean Melanson Autographed Card

I don't know if it's because I see AHL uniforms less often, but some of them strike me as amazingly beautiful. This one by the Rochester Americans is one of them. I prefer the blue uniform to the red one, worn here by Craig Anderson.

This is card #102 from Classic's 1993-94 Pro Prospects set, which Dean Melanson signed for me in blue sharpie (adding his jersey number, 7, at the end) after a LNAH (senior hockey, minor pro) game for which he suited up with the St. Hyacinthe Cristal in 2005-06. He is not adverse to playing in the province of Québec, and particularly the town of St. Hyacinthe where he suited up in three different leagues, the aforementioned LNAH, the LHJMQ (St. Hyacinthe Laser, with a goalie named Martin Brodeur) and the precursor to the LNAH, the QSMHL (with the St. Hyacinthe Cousin).

Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 1992, Melanson only played 5 games with them in 1994-95, and played his 4 other NHL games with the Washington Capitals in 2001-02. The rest of the time was spent in an astonishing 7 leagues (8 total), for which he suited for 16 teams (including the short-lived IHL team Québec Rafales).

In every league he's played in (except the NHL, of course, where he is pointless), he's managed to rack up close to half a point per game (he's a defenseman...) and rack up tons of penalty minutes (sometimes over 200 in a season). Most impressive is him 150 PIMs in merely 27 games in the DEL (German League) with the Iserlohn Roosters. His 8 NHL penalty minutes (in 9 games) seem pretty tame in comparison.

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