Sunday, February 26, 2012

Rick Hampton

Sent: 2/1/12
Received: 2/21/12
Time: 20 Days
Address: Work
Item Sent: 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee, 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee 
Item Received: 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee, 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee.  Both signed in blue Sharpie.

Cool addition to my obscure little Cleveland Barons collection!  Rick Hampton was an offensively gifted defenseman for the doomed Seals/Barons franchise.  In his sophomore season, at the age of 19, he scored 51 points for the final Golden Seals club.  The next year - the first in Cleveland - he put up 40 points in 56 games.  He had loads of promise, but those years ended up being the highlights. After the Barons-North Stars merger, Hampton landed with the Los Angeles Kings, where he hung around for one full season followed by three final NHL games the next year.

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