If you're not familiar with Mr. Chiasson, he was a solid defensemen who was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 1985. He skated for 13 seasons in the NHL for three franchises (Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames, and Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes) before passing away on May 3rd, 1999.
A day earlier, the Boston Bruins had eliminated Chiasson and the Hurricanes from the playoffs. His teammate, Gary Roberts had thrown an end of the season team party, which Chiasson attended. When it was time to leave, he was highly intoxicated, so teammates offered to drive him home or call a cab. He declined and never made it home.
His death rattled the NHL and its fans. I used the story as a teachable moment and shared it with my students to remind them of the consequences of drinking & driving.
I'm embarrassed to admit that over the years, Chiasson had slipped my memory. Then last week, I found the autographed card (above) for $1.25 online.
Now that he's a part of my cardboard collection, he will be remembered every time I flip through my autograph binder.
It's funny how sports cards have a way of bringing back memories for me.
Okay... time for you to share.
Do you have any specific cards that help keep you in touch with a moment from your past? If so, which cards?
Happy Tuesday... and sayonara!