Saturday, October 6, 2012

Chris Ferraro Autograph Card

Chris Ferraro was a blue-chip prospect, a can't-miss minor league superstar who just fell short, perhaps because he was always paired up with his twin brother Peter; not only did they become only the second pair of identical twins to play on the same NHL team, they ended up doing so on three different occasions, first with the New York Rangers, then the Pittsburgh Penguins, and lastly the Washington Capitals (always in the same division)! They also played together for the AHL's Binghamton Rangers, Providence Bruins, Syracuse Crunch, and Portland Pirates, the SEL's Sodertalje SK, the DEL's Düsseldorfer Eislauf-Gemeinschaft Metro Stars, and the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers.

Chosen in the fourth round (85th overall) in 1992 after scoring 196 points in 83 games of high school hockey, he went on to have a 51-point season (one more than his brother) in 39 games for the University Of Maine Black Bears before making the leap to Team USA (juniors), where he had 42 points in 48 games. He also ended up with 435 points in 443 AHL games, but only 16 points in 74 NHL games. He won the AHL's Fred T. Hunt trophy for sportsmanship (usually awarded to the ''best - or most patient - veteran'') in 2002-03.

He is pictured above with his Team USA jersey, part of Classic's 1994-95 Draft Picks set (card #10 in the Autographs checklist, numbered #1761/4770). It is signed in blue sharpie.