Kirk McLean had a long NHL career, debuting with the New Jersey Devils in 1985, and retiring as a member of the New York Rangers in 2001. For 11 years in between, he was a goaltender for the Vancouver Canucks. During that time, he established himself as a franchise cornerstone, earning two Vezina nominations, being named to two All-Star Games, and leading the team to one of their three Stanley Cup Final appearances. He made a lot of memories during his time in Vancouver.
Pretty much all of those memories are up for auction.
Are you a diehard Kirk McLean fan? If so, and if you have a lot of money, 20 days from now, you could own more Kirk McLean memorabilia than Kirk McLean himself. Let’s take a look at what the former Canuck goalie is hocking.
The prize piece here is this 1994 Stanley Cup Final jersey above, which may be game-worn:
It is a known fact that multiple jerseys were issued to the Canucks’ star players during the 1994 Stanley Cup final, and it is believed that all of the sets of the Stanley Cup jerseys were given to the players after the last game. Because of these facts, and also because this jersey shows very light wear, if any, besides the noticeable corrosion and staining on the intact fight strap which shows evidence of being washed by the team, this Stanley Cup jersey was likely a team spare that might have been used at the very best only for a few games by McLean in the Stanley Cup final.
In other words, if you’re planning to buy this thing and scan it with one of those CSI flashlights in search of traces of Trevor Linden’s blood, don’t waste your time.
But if this piece doesn’t satisfy your lust for 1994 collectibles, you can also bid on McLean’s Clarence Campbell replica trophy, given to all the players after they defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs to go the Final. No word on whether or not it will fall apart when you lift it over your head, like a true 1994 replica should.
Now, if, like a large pocket of Canuck fans, you’re a stone-cold masochist and it’s the far less impressive 1995-96 campaign you’d like to commemorate, you can bid on McLean’s game-worn 1995-96 alternate jersey, one of the ugliest sweaters in Canucks’ history:
This might be worth having in your home just as a reminder to calm down the next time there’s a goaltending controversy. Tell me if this sounds familiar: 1995-96 was a season in which McLean split the goaltending duties with an upstart redhead named Corey (Hirsch). With a teensy-weensy sample size at their disposal, short-sighted fans immediately believed Hirsch was the superior netminder, but McLean began the playoffs as the Canucks’ no. 1. He lost his job to Hirsch early in the first round and never gained it back. The Canucks lost the series anyway.
This scenario appears to be on repeat.
You can also snag McLean career memorabilia from before he was with the Canucks — like, way before, as in this McLean’s 1983 Air Canada Cup game-worn jersey from the national midget hockey championships:
Or you can collect items from way after, such as this game-worn 1999-2001 New York Rangers’ goalie mask from his stint in the Big Apple to close out his career.
But if you ask me, the real jewel of this collection is the puck from McLean’s first win as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. It has to be extra valuable, since McLean only recorded four wins for Carolina!
And what a great conversation piece! Can you imagine?
You’ll say, “And this is the commemorative puck from Kirk McLean’s first win as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes.”
And then they’ll say, “Wait, McLean played in Carolina?”
And then you’ll say, “Yes.”
And then they’ll say, “Huh. I don’t remember that at all.”
And then you’ll say, “Well, I always will, because I paid $300 for this puck, like a chump.”
Another successful human interaction.
To see all the McLean items up for bid, check out ClassicAuctions.net.
s/t to Sean Leahy.