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Thursday, September 22, 2011

88-89 OPC Tribute; Lucic, Malkin and Messier

#28 - Milan Lucic

 I don't think cards should show the back of the player's jersey, but this shoot of Milan Lucic mocking  Alexander Burrows is too good to pass up.  In game one of the 2010-11 Stanley Cup finals, Burrows bites Patrice Bergeon finger. In game 3, Lucic invites Burrows to have some finger food.  I think the action in this card justifies the back of the jersey shot of Lucic.
  Lucic had his first 30 goals season in 2010-11.  Lucic is expected to be one of the premier power forwards in the game for years to come.  Just like another Bruins legend, Cam Neely.

#29 - Evgeni Malkin

  The  2008-09 Art Ross and Conn Smythe trophy winner, Evgeni Malkin, will be looking for a big year in 2011-12.  Last season, injuries limited Malkin to 43 games and it was the first season he has not scored at a point a game pace.  I had a hard time picking a picture for Malkin's card.  The problem was that there were a few really good candidates.  I picked the one below since it is a different perspective than any other cards I'd made so far.

#101 - Mark Messier

  Mark Messier has won 6 Stanley Cups but will likely be most remember for leading the New York Rangers to a Stanley Cup in 1993-94.  It was his team and his now famous guarantee helped propel Messier into a hockey legend.
  For his career, Messier scored 694 goals and 1887 pts and is second all-time in points.  He is also second all-time in games played, 1794.
  Mark Messier already has a trophy named after him, The Mark Messier Leadership Award.

  I couldn't find a Legends of Hockey video for Mark Messier and the best Messier video I found did not allow embedding.  So instead, even though he is featured in a Rangers jersey in this set, we'll take a closer look at his career as an Edmonton Oiler.

1 comment:

  1. Love love LOVE that Lucic card. Heck, that should be secret insert in this year's OPC release.