Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Rejean Lemelin

Sent: 6/29/11
Received: 7/11/11
Time: 12 Days
Address: Home
Item Sent: 1984-85 Topps, 1990-91 Upper Deck, 1991-92 Score Canadian
Item Received: 1984-85 Topps, 1990-91 Upper Deck, 1991-92 Score Canadian.  All signed in black Sharpie.

Reggie Lemelin was one of the more underrated goaltenders of the '80s, enjoying the best years of his career for less than amazing Flames clubs in Atlanta and Calgary.  Calgary broke through in 1986, making their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance.  Lemelin was their rock in the regular season, playing in 60 games.  In the playoffs, though, he lost his job to rookie Mike Vernon.  After a fine year as Vernon's backup in 1986-87, he moved on to Boston.  With the Bruins he teamed with Andy Moog to form one of the most formidable goalie tandems in the NHL.  His Bruins made their own run to the Finals in 1990, but again Reggie rode shotgun in the playoffs.  The Bruins lost that year, just as the Flames did in '86.  Lemelin ended his fine career in 1993 without hoisting the Cup.

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