Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Craig Rivet Autographed Team Postcard

Like Jeff Hackett, Craig Rivet didn't seemed too pleased to sign an autograph to someone barely 5 years younger than him when I met him at the team Jamboree in 2002. On the other hand, he did seem moody for most of his (parts of) 12 seasons here, be it in restaurants, in the media, or in comments he'd make just to piss people off, like when he re-signed with the San Jose Sharks in 2007 (''Playing here sure beats playing in Montréal, if only because I don't have to remove snow from my car every day'').

He was a dependable stay-at-home defensive defenseman who never backed out of rough play, but rarely initiated it, either. He was a close friend to captain Saku Koivu, and like all of Koivu's friends, was eventually traded after a conflict with a head coach. Rivet's trade to San Jose, however, netted the Habs (even more dependable) rear-end Josh Gorges and (a first-round pick who became) young power forward Max Pacioretty, so I'll take trades like that any day.

In any event, Rivet signed this team-issued postcard for me in blue sharpie, and even though it isn't too clear, he added his jersey number (52) - it's more obvious on the back of the card, which displays a fac-simile autograph.

After playing for the Habs and Sharks, Rivet had a short stint as captain of the Buffalo Sabres, and was claimed off waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets. He now plays in the ECHL, for the Elmira Jackals.

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