Friday, September 13, 2013

François Groleau Autograph Card

Today we look at François Groleau, a 40-year old defenseman drafted in 1991 (41st overall by the Calgary Flames) who is still active today, albeit it in the LNAH, a minor pro league based essentially in Québec.

A veteran of 4 AHL teams, an IHL team, and 5 teams in 3 European leagues, he managed to play 8 games in the NHL over three seasons with the Montréal Canadiens. They did take place after the team had traded Patrick Roy, though, so the team was in disarray.

He played most of his Juniors career with the Shawinigan Cataractes, of which I have this card to show for:
It's their white (home) jersey, and is from Classic's 1991-92 Draft Picks set, numbered 1075/1150, a number so high it almost didn't exist.

Other Cataractes alumni include Enrico Ciccone, Sergio Momesso, Alexandre Burrows, Mario Gosselin, Stéphane Robidas, Radim Vrbata, Jason Pominville, Alexandre Bolduc, Marc-André Bergeron, Zbyněk Michálek, Jean-Claude Bergeron, Jean-François Jomphe, Timo Pielmeier, Patrick Lalime, Patrick Lebeau, Stéphan Lebeau, Dominic Roussel, Daniel Shank, Patrick Traverse, Stéphane Morin, Steve Penney, and Claude Pronovost. Not a bad history, eh?

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