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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.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Jon Filewich

The Pens have had a long line of prospects with a ton of talent that ultimately led down the road to bust-ville.  Jon Filewich followed that path almost to a "T".  Coming into the league as a Penguins draft pick in 2003, he toiled in the minors for six seasons until the Pens gave him a shot with WBS in 2005-06.  Two seasons later, his NHL debut came in a game vs. the Capitals.

After only five games, he was sent back down to WBS and was eventually traded the following season to the St. Louis Blues.  He never got a shot with the Blues main club and was instead relegated to the Peoria Rivermen.  After failing to come to a contract agreement, he headed to Europe, joining the EC Red Bull Salzburg.  After only two seasons in Europe, he retired after the 2010-11 season. 

Jon actually spent much of his time in WBS and Europe working on his college degree from Brandon University.  He has a degree in Physical Education and eventually wants to become a teacher, or so he said in an interview back in 2013 while playing a charity game between WBS alumni and the police department. 

This card comes from the 2008-09 Champ's Hockey set.  It's part of the Mini Signatures and is hard signed in blue ink.

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