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.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Hannan was average. He skated average. His puck handling was anything but special. He wasn't even the most physical guy, although he tried to be at times. What Hannan wasn't on the ice, he was everywhere else. A leader, a mentor, a hard worker, a respected veteran in the locker room, all contributed to his long career. Although he played for the Oilers, Sabres, Senators, Avs and Leafs, his longest and best stint with a team was in Pittsburgh, the team that drafted him.
His significance as a Penguin went farther than being a player though. Dave was part of the deal with Edmonton back in 1987-88 that sent HOFer Paul Coffey to the Pens and helped solidify a defense that would later help the Pens to back to back Cups. For his trouble, he only got to savor the taste of Lord Stanley himself as the Oilers went on to win the Stanley Cup that year.
He later went on to win a silver medal in the 1992 Olympics, and win another Cup with Colorado.
This card is from the 1983-84 O-Pee-Chee set. Dave is seen here most likely skating toward the bench before a faceoff. The card is signed in blue Sharpie and was an in person autograph, although not be me.