Thursday, February 16, 2012

Goaltending Gallimaufry: Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue

Gallimaufry [gal-uh-maw-free] A hodgepodge; jumble; confused medley.

Been on the road for work all week, so it's nice to finally get a break to post something here. Luckily I had these scans already saved in the draft of this post, and since it was the only one with them, it only made sense to post it now. Anyway, here's another sub-theme for the project: all things red, white and blue that don't belong.

The first is this Ray LeBlanc from 1992-93 Parkhurst. LeBlanc is best known for his 5-2-1, two shutout performance at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. He bounced around the minors and only played a single NHL game with the Blackhawks in 1992. In that one game, LeBlanc had pads and gloves that went with the Blackhawks color scheme. Beyond that, and the reason the card is here, he wore his team USA mask.

The second is this Jim Hrivnak from 1993-94 Leaf. The card shows him with the St. Louis Blues, for which he has matching pads and gloves, but that's not the case with his mask. It's a little too patriotic for the Blues, but it fit perfectly with his Capitals equipment from the season before. Click here to get a better look at that.

I like finding little sub-themes to the project like this. Maybe I should come up with some way of organizing all of the cards I've got so far. Either way, these are two welcome additions to the project as I close in on the 100 mark. Hopefully I can make it out to another card show here soon to bring myself even closer to that mark.

Goaltending Gallimaufry Count: 70

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