Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Milan Hejduk Autographed Card

I was waiting for an official word on Milan Hejduk's retirement, he was supposed to hold a press conference some time in December, but it never happened.

So I'll take advantage of the Czech Republic's win over Slovakia to honor the Olympic medalist (gold in 1998, bronze in 2006) and former Rocket Richard Trophy winner today, now that his career statistics are likely etched in stone at 1020 games played, 375 goals and 805 points (plus a 34-42-76 career total in 112 playoff games), a Stanley Cup, an All-Rookie Team and three All-Star Games.

He currently stands second in the Colorado Avalanche/Québec Nordiques franchise in games played, fourth in goals and points, fifth in assists and second in game-winning goals.

He only played for the Avs in the NHL, and only played for HC ČSOB Pojišťovna Pardubice in the Czech league, with whom he has also won a championship; he's very loyal.

I featured him in 2012 with this card, but knew I had another lying somewhere, because he had signed both on the same pre-season trip. Here is the second card, showing him in the Avs' white (home) uniform, from Upper Deck's beautiful 2005-06 Power Play set (card #24), signed in thin black sharpie:

(I'm saving another signed item, an 8X10, for when he actually does officially announce his retirement.)

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