Tuesday, July 3, 2012

1,000 Point NHL Player Autographs - #74 Dale Hunter

The Nuisance!

No better word described Dale Hunter on the ice.

But as a player, there were few that were able to do what he could do in every area of the game... good  and bad.

Dale Hunter is the NHL record holder for requiring the most games (1,308) to score 1,000 points by a forward. He also hold the record for having the most penalty minutes when reaching that point. By amassing 3,565 penalty minutes, Hunter also currently has the second-most penalty minutes in NHL history.

Most people remember Hunter for the 1993 Patrick Division Semifinals between Washington and the New York Islanders while although Hunter was leading his team with seven goals, he was suspended 21 games for viciously checking and separating the shoulder of Pierre Turgeon.

When he retired, Hunter had scored 1,020 points (323 goals, 697 assists) in 1,407 games. Now, the OHL London Knights owner, coach, and general manager, Hunter is famous for getting young players ready for the NHL.

From 1995-96 Upper Deck Be A Player comes this die-cut hard-signed autograph card of Dale Hunter from the Ice Wars subset. Always a favourite set of mine when I was younger, this was one of the first sets to contain an autograph card in every pack.

As an interesting side note is that Hunter was traded to the Washington Capitals along with Clint Malarchuk in return for two players and a 1987 first-round draft pick. The Quebec Nordiques used that selection to draft Joe Sakic.

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