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Welcome to The Real DFG's Pittsburgh Penguin Autograph Project. My goal is to eventually try and get at least one autograph of every player to lace up the skates in an NHL game for the Pittsburgh Penguins. It could have been for one game or 700 games, I will add them. Occasionally I may post cards of former players in their new team uniforms. While the goal is to get autos in Pens uni's, it isn't always possible. Since the team has been in existence since 1967, the list is pretty large. Last I checked, it was somewhere in the range of 624 different players. Currently, I sit at about 100 autographs (with some duplication). Enjoy the posts.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ian Moran

Ian Moran was the 107th pick in the 1990 Entry Draft.  The same draft that saw the likes of Jaromir Jagr, Martin Brodeur, Keith Primeau, Owen Nolan, Keith Tkachuk, Felix Potvin, Doug Weight and Peter Bondra.  Obviously he isn't one of the most memorable Pens, by any means.  However, he played 9 seasons in Pittsburgh and mostly flew under the radar.  After the 2003 season, he was traded to Boston, where a knee injury cut his career short and eventually forced him to retire in 2007.  While with Pittsburgh, Moran scored 19 goals and recorded 44 assists, playing mainly as a third line defenseman. 

Debuting with the team in the playoffs in 93-94, Moran was supposed to add some depth to the defense, giving some extra push to an already solid corps.  I don't remember Ian's play as much as I remember him picking fights.  He didn't get into a ton of them but he was always that guy that would provoke them.  He fought Darby Hendrickson from Toronto once and I thought the two of them would punch each other out.  The fight lasted almost a minute!  I found the Youtube.

Other than the fact that you can see his uniform number, without a good picture, this auto would be almost unrecognizable.  

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