Friday, March 27, 2015

Pierre Turgeon Jersey Card

515 goals. 812 assists. 1327 points in 1294 games, plus 97 more in 104 playoff games. Five All-Star Games, one Lady Byng trophy, two 100-point seasons (with a high of 132 in 1992-93), three 38-goal seasons, a 40-goal season and a 58-goal season.

Hall Of Fame numbers? Perhaps, but so far, Pierre Turgeon isn't a Hall Of Famer. I understand the reasoning: no Stanley Cups, no scoring titles, no MVP trophies (though he finished in fifth place in Hart voting once), just often - by far - the best player on lousy teams.

The former first-overall pick in 1987 was the Montréal Canadiens' captain in 1995-96, and had been a replacement captain for both the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders prior to that. He was a very skilled top-line center who should not be forgotten.

Here he is wearing the Colorado Avalanche's original burgundy (away) uniform, from Upper Deck's 2005-06 Series 2 set (card #J2-PT of the Game Jersey sub-set), featuring a matching game-worn jersey swatch:

He retired after two seasons with the Avs, the last one mostly lost to injury.

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