Sunday, October 9, 2011

Joel Otto

Sent: 6/29/11
Received: 10/6/11
Time: 99 Days
Address: Home
Item Sent: 1990-91 Upper Deck, 1991-92 Score Canadian, 1991-92 Upper Deck
Item Received: 1990-91 Upper Deck, 1991-92 Score Canadian, 1991-92 Upper Deck.  All signed in black Sharpie.

Minnesota's own Joel Otto took the long road to the NHL but, once there, enjoyed a terrific 14 year career.  After an outstanding high school career for the Roseau Rams, he bypassed (or was bypassed by) the larger University of Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth programs and spent three years at Bemidji State.  Undrafted by the NHL, he signed with the lowly Calgary Flames in 1984.  By the end of the 1984-85 season, he was up for good.  He became the Flames top checking center, shadowing the likes of Mark Messier and averaging around 180 penalty minutes per season, but was a talented enough scorer to put up around 50 points each year, too.  His signature moment for the Flames was a series clinching goal in overtime of game seven of the 1989 Smythe Division semi-finals against the Canucks.  The Flames would go on to win their only Stanley Cup that season.

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