Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Time: 135 Days
Address: c/o Anaheim Ducks
Item Sent: 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Retro, 2010-11 Upper Deck 20th Anniversary
Item Received: 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Retro, 2010-11 Upper Deck 20th Anniversary. Both signed in black Sharpie.
Ducks wing Jason Blake has overcome an awful lot over the course of a brilliant career. The Moorhead, Minnesota native has been an NCAA Champion, NHL All-Star, a 40 goal scorer, and a US Olympian. He was the recipient of the Bill Masterton Award in 2008 after continuing to play while undergoing treatment for leukemia. He entered this past season with 473 career points, appearing to be a cinch to surpass the 500 point milestone for his career. Unfortunately, he suffered a severe cut from a skate above his wrist in October. By the time his tendon had healed, he missed about three months of the season. His strong play over the regular season's final weeks bodes well for a return to form next season, even as he approaches age 40.