Monday, April 4, 2011

Gilles Meloche

Sent: 3/10/11
Received: 4/2/11
Time: 23 Days
Address: c/o Pittsburgh Penguins
Item Sent: 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee, 1979-80 Topps, 1984-85 Topps
Item Received: 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee, 1979-80 Topps, 1984-85 Topps.  All signed in black Sharpie.

Can you think of a better name for a goalie?  To me, Gilles Meloche is a snapshot of the early 1980s.  What better way to learn about the NHL than a wily veteran goalie with a bushy mustache and that name.  More than just a name, though, Meloche was part of a terrific tandem (with the equally wonderfully named Don Beaupre) that captured my heart upon discovering the North Stars.  He finished his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and has been their goaltending coach for over twenty years now, winning Stanley Cups in 1991, 1992, and 2009.

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