Friday, July 7, 2017

Émile Poirier Autograph Card

Amidst all the free agent news, the expansion and amateur drafts, and subsequent rookie camps, I wouldn't want to miss a human interest story about a young man who admitted he had a problem and asked for help: the Calgary Flames' 2013 first-round pick (22nd overall) Émile Poirier admitted earlier today he'd been struggling with alcohol addiction, which kid of explains his personal leave from the Stockton Heat earlier this Spring.

Rookies such as Matthew Tkachuk have used Poirier's step back as a springboard to the NHL, but the 22-year-old Montréal native hasn't said his last word and should be a key component of a very talented Flames team for years to come.

Here he is wearing the team's red uniform on the signed insert version of card #184 from Upper Deck's 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Platinum set and Rookie Auto sub-set:
It's a card made entirely of foil. You might notice he's sporting #28 instead of the #57 I last featured him in, worth a second induction in my Flames Numbers Project.

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