Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Paul MacDermid Autographed Card

Paul MacDermid was a tough customer, a seven-time member of the 100-PIM club (with a high of 202 in 1986-87) who seemingly could have had a "better" career offensively, having scored a total of 116 goals in 690 regular-season games on just 755 shots - an elite sniper's shooting percentage of 15.4%; of course, that number has to be taken with a bit more than a grain of salt, because as a fourth-liner, he didn't actually get that many chances to shoot, and most of his shot attempts would be of the "easy goal" variety for an upper echelon player.

And this is by no means a slight on his talent, but at just 43 playoff games in 14 NHL seasons, he didn't actually make any of his teammates better nor carry them to the promised land.

What he was was a Don Cherry favourite, a "Mac", an Ontarian honest worker who always gave his all and provided leadership and protection.

Here he is on card #219 from Score's 1991-92 Score (Bilingual Canadian Edition) set:
It shows him wearing the Winnipeg Jets' #23 jersey, which slots him perfectly in my Jets Numbers Project. He signed it in black sharpie by mail; I had written him in 2009 or 2010 via the Owen Sound Attack, the OHL team he co-owns, and got the card back maybe two or three years later.

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