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Friday, November 7, 2014

Lost Rookies: Kirk McLean

  Kirk McLean was originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils 107th overall in the 1984 entry draft.  He made his NHL debut on April 5th, 1986, then got his first start the next night, both against the New York Islanders.  McLean would play in four more games the following season before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks.  McLean's rookie card came in the 1989-90 OPC Set.  If OPC was a bit more aggressive with its rookie cards, here's how a 1986-87 OPC Kirk McLean rookie card may have looked.

1986-87 OPC #266 Kirk McLean (RC)

Added July 11, 2021

1988-89 OPC Kirk McLean

  It was hard to find a reasonable picture of Kirk McLean using the helmet and cage while with the Canucks.  I ended up reusing a picture that comes off a Kraft card.  Below I did an update to his 1989-90 OPC rookie by using a picture of Kirk in the home yellow jersey that was replaced after the 1988-89 season.  It's pretty rare to see Kirk in the Yellow home jersey.

1989-90 OPC Kirk McLean


  1. Love it! Too bad it took a few seasons to see Kirk on cardboard!

  2. Great photo. Excellent selection for a lost rookie card. Love it.