Friday, February 3, 2017

Joni Pitkanen Jersey Card

I briefly mentioned Joni Pitkanen when talking about the 2005-06 Philadelphia Flyers yesterday, which reminded me I'd been aiming to feature this card for a while now:
That's card #FI-JP from Upper Deck's 2005-06 Ice set and Fresh Ice sub-set, showing him in the Flyers' turn-of-the-millennium black uniform, and featuring an orange game-worn jersey swatch. What's great about it is it's made of plastic and the bottom-left, where it says Ice, is see-through.

Pitkanen retired in February 2016, after playing three games with the Finnish team Oulun Kärpät, scoring one goal in the process. He hadn't played a game in the three years prior, after suffering a broken heel while with the Carolina Hurricanes.

In nine NHL seasons, he reached the 40-point mark three times, twice with the Flyers, once with the Canes. He also spent one season with the Edmonton Oilers, posting 26 points (8 goals and 18 assists) in 62 games in 2007-08.

Internationally, he has two bronze medals with Team Finland at the World Juniors (2002 and 2003, in the first golden age of Finnish hockey) as well as one at the 2010 Olympics.

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