No NHL players can boast appearing on a hockey card 12 years before their career began — except Patrick Kane. On Sylvain Turgeon’s 1994-95 Pinnacle hockey card, you see the Senators winger trying not to fall flat on his face in a game against the Sabres from the previous year. This photo actually makes for a pretty good metaphor for the Senators’ 1993-94 season, when they went 14-61-9 in 84 games.
Now, take a closer look at the wide-eyed kid in the stands.
Yep, that’s Patrick Kane appearing on Turgeon’s card a good dozen years before he’d play professionally for the Chicago Blackhawks and get his own cards. Little Kaner, a Buffalo native, is sitting in the front row at the old Memorial Auditorium, wearing a Pat Lafontaine jersey and looking up in awe at Dale Hawerchuk — who may or may not have tripped Turgeon.
Believe it or not, this card at one time sold for as high as $25. Today, it still sells for far more than what a common card of an average player should sell for. But look hard enough, and you can find it for a quarter a card show or at a card shop. This isn’t a “Patrick Kane Rookie Card” like many eBay sellers want you to believe. Still, it does show us a future NHL star before he’d win rookie of the year, hoist the Stanley Cup multiple times– and grow hockey’s best mullet.
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