Saturday, March 17, 2012
Time: 23 Days
Address: c/o Calgary Flames
Item Sent: 1981-82 Topps, 1982-83 O-Pee-Chee, 1984-85 O-Pee-Chee, 1985-86 7-11 North Stars
Item Received: 1981-82 Topps, 1982-83 O-Pee-Chee, 1984-85 O-Pee-Chee, 1985-86 7-11 North Stars. All signed in black Sharpie.
The first ever North Stars Alumni Reunion is coming up in a couple of weeks and one of the key names who will not be in attendance is Craig Hartsburg. The Stars' former captain and all-star defenseman is now an assistant coach for the Calgary Flames, meaning his NHL duties will preclude him from joining his former teammates.
It's a shame, as Hartsburg was the best all-around blueliner in North Stars history. He was fast, he was an outstanding checker and positional defender, and was an unbelievable passer. Injuries interrupted and ultimately ended his career while he was still in his prime. It's a shame. There is no doubt in my mind that had he stayed healthy he could have been a Hall of Famer.