Sunday, October 9, 2011
Time: 99 Days
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.