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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Feb 29--Leap year baby

This ends the month and the final tally is 24/29 or 82%. Strange that some days with 23 players birthdates and I have nothing. Leap year occurs every four years.
There have been 8 players who celebrate their birthdays as a leap year baby. And I have autographs of three of them.

Lets go with.....

Dan Daoust

Dan Daoust was considered too small by most NHL scouts and was not selected by any NHL team coming out of junior, this despite the fact he had three successful years playing with the Cornwall Royals, where he scored over 40 goals in two seasons while recording 103 points in his final season in 1979-80.
The Montreal Canadiens opted to take a chance on Daoust who listed his height and weight as 5'10" and 160 pounds, though he was somewhat smaller. They signed him as a free agent in 1980.
In 1982-83, Daoust was called up to the Montreal Canadiens where he played four games, tallying a lone assist. Soon thereafter, Daoust was off to join the Toronto Maple Leafs, where the bulk of his NHL career would be defined. In 48 games with the Leafs that year, Daoust contributed 18 goals and 33 assists for 51 points. He had high expectations for himself the following year, and he came through as promised. In 78 games, Daoust averaged almost a point per game, scoring 18 times while assisting on 56 others for 74 points. In 1984-85 he played in 79 games, but his production dropped a bit to 54 points. It turned out to be a sign for things to come. In 1985-86, he managed just 20 points in 80 games.
Daoust played a total of eight years in Toronto, becoming a fan favourite along the way. Despite his lack of size, he was always willing to stick his nose into a scrum. The final numbers for Daoust read 522 games played, 87 goals, 167 assists, 254 points, and 544 minutes in penalties.

Received these autos IP. IT would appear it was three different times as I have a blue ink, black sharpie and blue sharpie sig. Most likely at NHL SloPitch tourney in different years.

Blue ink signed The Hockey News. One good thing getting these signed is you get one huge autograph.

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