Tuesday, September 5, 2017

François Beauchemin Autographed Card

Two months after seeing his contract be bought out, François Beauchemin found a new home, returning to the Anaheim Ducks for his third stint with the team.

I know he had a pretty bad year with the Colorado Avalanche, but to see him go from a team that finished last to one that is a serious contender for a Stanley Cup remains a tad unsettling. At least he'll get to mentor some kids into becoming better professionals - perhaps these ones will even listen and learn.

I might be wrong, but I think he is, with head coach Randy Carlyle, and superstars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, one of the final four members of the 2007 Cup-winning Ducks team to still call Anaheim their home.

Here he is sporting that era's white (away) uniform, on card #36 from Upper Deck's 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee set:
He signed it in blue sharpie while playing with the Toronto Maple Leafs (2009-11); his signature consists of a large "F" and a small "L" or really thin mountain, followed by his uniform number (23).

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