Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Card Mail Day #1: 00-01 Topps Fred Brathwaite Auto
During the 80's and 90's Canada had a men's National Team that would compete in all major international competition's. Being named to one of these full season squads meant that no one in Pro Hockey wanted you OR you were saving your eligibility for the Olympics. After 5 straight seasons of bouncing between the NHL and AHL, Brathwaite was no longer wanted and signed with the Canadian National Team.
Due to injuries in the net for the NHL's Calgary Flames, Brathwaite was signed to second chance contract and got a shutout in his first start with his new team. I became a Brathwaite fan after that game. Despite finding modest success in the NHL, Brathwaite always gave 100% effort. He still plays pro hockey in Germany and recently played against San Jose in an exhibition game.
I consider this card to be the cornerstone of my Brathwaite collection, which I hope to keep adding to.