Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gary Suter Autograph card

Gary Suter is a polarizing figure in 1980s and 1990s hockey. He won the Calder Trophy as Rookie Of The Year in 1985-86, was a Second Team All-Star in 1987-88, a Stanley Cup winner in 1989 and garnered some Norris votes until the mid-90s, playing in 4 All-Star games in the process. He was part of the edition of Team USA that won the inaugural 1996 World Cup; he also won silver at the 2002 Olympics, wearing the star-spangled uniform seven times in his career.

On the other hand, he was one of the dirtiest players of his era, as can be attested by these four events, three of them related to international competitions, two occurring in the NHL.

He passed the 50-point mark 7 times in his first 8 seasons, all of them with the Calgary Flames. He then had a top-4 role with the Chicago Blackhawks and played his last three seasons with the San Jose Sharks.

So it's no real surprise that In The Game featured him wearing the Flames' classic red (then-away) uniform in their 2012-13 Decades - The 1990s set:
It's card #A-GSU in the Autograph sub-set, signed in black sharpie directly on the card. ITG didn't use a high-resoluton picture, but it works anyhow.

All told, the rugged blue-liner played in 1145 regular-season games, scoring 203 goals with 642 assists and 845 points to go with his 1349 penalty minutes (plus 17-56-73 in 108 playoff games) to play his way into the U.S. Hockey Hall Of Fame.

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