Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Darcy Wakaluk

Sent: 10/16/10
Received: 8/8/11
Time: 296 Days
Address: c/o Calgary Hitmen
Item Sent: 1991-92 Score Canadian, 1992-93 O-Pee-Chee
Item Received: 1991-92 Score Canadian, 1992-93 O-Pee-Chee.  Both signed in black Sharpie.

Darcy Wakaluk came to the North Stars from the Buffalo Sabres organization following the Stars 1991 run to the Stanley Cup Finals.  After that season, the Stars' depth was gutted in the San Jose Sharks dispersal draft, and among the casualties was solid backup goaltender Brian Hayward.  Wakaluk, who a few years earlier became the first goalie in AHL history to score a goal, had a name befitting of a North Stars goalie (see Gump Worsley, Gilles Meloche, Cesare Maniago, Don Beaupre, Kari Takko, etc.) and was invaluable as Jon Casey's backup during the North Stars final two seasons in Minnesota.  He currently serves as the goaltending coach for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League.

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