82/83 OPC #373 RC, that is.
Thought it would be appropriate for today. (my scanning skills show up again)
Drafted by Washington Capitals in
Round 10 194th overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft
Center Chris Valentine was a very productive NHL player, but he will best be remembered for
his time in the German Elite League.
Valentine earned a reputation as a skilled offensive player when he scored 128 and then 142
points in his two seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Despite his incredible production, he was a 10th round pick.
After producong at more than a point a game pace in the minors in 81/82, the Capitals called up their young prospect.
Valentine did not miss a beat pumping in 30 goals and 67 points in his first 60 NHL games.
Despite missing 20 games while playing in the minors, Valentine finished tied for fourth in team scoring as a rookie. Despite his first year success and producing 17 goals in 23 games in year two, he played 51 games in the minors. The next year he got into 22 games but scored only 11 points.
In the 84/85 season he signed with Dusseldorfer EG. This began a highly successful and rewarding stage of his professional career. Valentine provided major production for the club, leading the league in scoring seven times during his 12 years in Germany. He also led the club in scoring routinely and led them to four straight championships starting in 1990. He added a 5th title to his resume in 1996. After scoring 903 points in 525 games for Dusseldorfer, he retired as a champiuon in 1996. They subsequently retired his #10 in his honour.
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I don't have his autograph (yet) so I'll be sending this out shortly.