Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wayne Merrick

Sent: 7/29/11
Received: 8/22/11
Time: 24 Days
Address: Home
Item Sent: 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee, 1979-80 Topps
Item Received: 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee, 1979-80 Topps.  Both signed in blue Sharpie.

Wayne Merrick was a top center for the St. Louis Blues, and then for the doomed California Golden Seals/Cleveland Barons franchise.  During the 1977-78 season, he was dealt to the upstart New York Islanders.  It was there where he would gel with future Hall of Famers Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy, Denis Potvin, and Clark Gillies, as well as longtime linemates Bob Nystrom and John Tonelli.  Merrick was an integral part of the Islanders' four consecutive Stanley Cups.  His biggest individual moment was scoring the Cup-winning goal against the Minnesota North Stars in game five of the 1981 Finals.

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