Sunday, May 10, 2020

Celebrity Jersey Cards #669 Paul Kariya & Bernie Federko

This is a regular series in which I create virtual trading cards for celebrities wearing jerseys. Once again, we are working our way alphabetically through all of the Major League Baseball teams. Today, we have a couple Blues-Cardinals crossovers.

Paul Kariya played 15 seasons in the NHL, nine with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, one with the Colorado Avalanche, two with the Nashville Predators and four with the St. Louis Blues. Concussion issues plagued him and ultimately forced a bit of an early retirement. His brother Steve played three seasons in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks. Kariya's #9 was retired by the Ducks and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017. Kariya earned his Celebrity Jersey Card after throwing a ceremonial pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Bernie Federko played 13 seasons with the Blues, before one final season with the Detroit Red Wings. Among his many achievements, Federko was the first player to record 50 assists in 10 consecutive seasons. The Blues retired his #24 and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002. Federko got his Celebrity Jersey Card while throwing out a first pitch for the Cardinals.

1 comment:

Fuji said...

Even though he played for the Ducks... I was a big Kariya fan. I had the opportunity to meet him at one of the Ducks casino nights. He was a really nice guy.