Here's the sixth card I've picked up from this year's Panini Dominion Brass Bonanza set:
Alright, now we're starting to get a bit better when it comes to player selection. Although he is better known for his time with the New York Rangers, Nick Fotiu began his professional career with the Whalers franchise way back in its WHA days! Known as an enforcer, he played 61 games with the New England Whalers in his rookie season of 1974-75, notching 2 goals, 2 assists and 144 PIM. He would play another 49 games with New England in the 1975-76 season before joining the Rangers in the NHL the following year.
Fotiu was back in a Whalers uniform before long though, as Hartford claimed him in the 1979 expansion draft. He appeared in 74 of the team's 80 games that inaugural season and scored a career high 10 goals. Nick would log another 42 games with Hartford to begin the 1980-81 season, but was then dealt back to the Rangers for a 5th round draft pick. He would go on to play for the Flames and Flyers, and even logged one last game in an NHL uniform with the Edmonton Oilers during the 1988-89 season.
At 110 career games with the WHA team, and then another 116 with Hartford in the NHL, Fotiu logged more time with the franchise than anyone shown on the first five cards by a long shot.
Fotiu's card is also serial numbered to 50 copies. Props to Panini for including at least one player from the inaugural team in the set!
#2 - Brendan Shanahan (#'d/24)
#3 - Keith Primeau (#'d/50)
#4 - Nick Fotiu (#'d/50)
#5 - Paul Coffey (#'d/50)
#7 - Tiger Williams (#'d/50)
#8 - Daryl Reaugh (#'d/50)
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