Thursday, January 3, 2013

Ron Tugnutt Autographed Card

Oh, what a whupping Team Canada suffered at the hands of Team USA early this morning at the World Juniors! Malcolm Subban let in 4 goals on 16 shots before getting pulled, and the Americans won 5-1, securing their spot in the gold medal game against Sweden, while Canada will have to battle Team Russia for the bronze.

Ron Tugnutt is Canada's goalie coach this year, a position he also held in 2010; he holds the same position with the OHL's Peterborough Petes. I have a feeling he'll recommend Jordan Binnington to start Canada's next game, because losing with Subban - who has had 3 sub-par games in the tournament - could reflect badly on all coaches.

Tugnutt - a former member of all the teams I've rooted for in my life, namely the Québec Nordiques, Edmonton Oilers and Montréal Canadiens - was one of my favourite goalies. His run with the Ottawa Senators was also impressive, and it was during his time there that he signed this card in blue sharpie for me before a game against the Habs that I attended at the then-Molson Centre (now Bell Centre). It's from Pinnacle Brands' 1993-94 Score (High Numbers/Series Two), which included rookies and players who'd changed uniforms since they appeared in the regular version of the set.

A list of many of his achievements can be found in another post I wrote about him nearly three years ago.

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