Saturday, October 15, 2016

Brendan Witt Autograph Card

In the 1990s, the Washington Capitals had a habit of selecting tough guys early in the draft, and they continued down that path in 1993 when they made Brendan Witt the 11th overall selection, ahead of the likes of All-Stars Kenny Jonsson (12th), Adam Deadmarsh (14th), Jason Allison (17th), Finnish legend Saku Koivu (21st), Todd Bertuzzi (23rd), Janne Niinimaa (36th), Bryan McCabe (40th), Éric Dazé (90th), Miroslav Satan (111th), Tommy Salo (118th), Patrick Lalime (156th), Manny Legace (188th), Pavol Demitra (227th), and Kimmo Timonen (250th).

However, none of those players have 1424 career penalty minutes, nor were run over by an SUV making an illegal turn only to participate in his team's (the New York Islanders, at that point) morning skate mere hours later.

The Caps loved Witt so much they made him co-captain (with Steve Konowalchuk) for the 2001-02 season, until they revoked the title from him at the beginning of the following season; he eventually asked for a trade in 2005, a demand the team acquiesced to in March 2006, sending him to the Nashville Predators for former Caps first-rounder Kris Beech and the first-round pick that became Semyon Varlamov.

A three-time member of the 200-PIM club in Juniors, his highest single-season total in an NHL sin bin was the season he split between the Preds and Caps, with 209, followed by 131 in 2006-07 with the Isles.

Upon retiring, he and is family moved to a log cabin in Montana, which he put up for sale earlier this year as the group was preparing to move to California so their daughter could study in marine biology.

In The Game included him in their 2013-14 Enforcers II set (and Autograph sub-set), showing him with the Capitals:
It's card #A-BW in the series.

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