Kirk McLean’s entire career appears to be up for auction

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.

17 comments

  1. Timmy Wong
    May 23, 2012

    “1995-96 alternate jersey, one of the ugliest sweaters in Canucks’ history:”

    Really, Harrison? I always thought that was a good one.

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    • Spencer
      May 23, 2012

      What a reasonable bit of disagreement. You forgot to add that he’s an idiot, can’t write, and knows nothing about hockey ;)

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      • Harrison Mooney
        May 23, 2012

        All true.

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      • Timmy Wong
        May 23, 2012

        I’ll save that for Ryan Lambert ;)

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  2. jim
    May 23, 2012

    The first Canucks jersey I ever owned was an authentic Corey Hirsch home (white) jersey. I think I liked him so much because he mask was cool.

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  3. J21 (@Jyrki21)
    May 23, 2012

    Hirsch was better than McLean at that point, to be fair, and also outplayed him in 1996-97. Poor Kirk was not the same after his divorce and wrist injury. :(

    And any Canuck fan should remember McLean’s stint in Carolina, because the trade that sent him there was a shocker, even if he was a shadow of his former self, and really introduced everyone to the Keenan era (Quinn would never had traded him). A shocker both because of McLean’s inclusion as well as fan-favorite and previous season’s MVP Martin Gélinas. Of course, Keenan would swap all three of the Hurricanes acquired in that deal (Sean Burke, Geoff Sanderson and Enrico Ciccone) before the year was even done.

    Good times, those weren’t.

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  4. natevk
    May 23, 2012

    Wait… why is McLean selling all this stuff?

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  5. J21 (@Jyrki21)
    May 23, 2012

    Speaking of random fan paraphernalia, were any other Bulies in attendance at the first ever regular season SJ Sharks’ game, in Vancouver in 1991? I have a commemorative puck from that one.

    It took a last-minute goal from Trevor Linden for the Canucks to avoid overtime against an expansion team. (Of course, the next year Ottawa and Tampa won their first games, and then a few years later the Vancouver Grizzlies won their first two, so perhaps no shame in that anyway).

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    • SteveB
      May 23, 2012

      Ummm, I have a puck autographed by former Canucks goaltender, Félix Potvin.
      It’s when he was with the Phoenix Coyotes, so any Canucks connection is as tenuous as Mason Raymond’s playoff beard.
      /got nothin’

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    • Locode
      May 23, 2012

      Craig Coxe scored the Sharks first goal.

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  6. iceman
    May 23, 2012

    “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”

    Simply replace the names with the current Canuck goalies’ and ’1995-96′ with ’2011-12′… I am getting goosebumps.

    History does repeat itself, especially those not-so favorable moments.

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    • pooroldbear
      May 23, 2012

      And you guys couldn’t write a single article about this during the regular season to warn us all? Are you an anti-Luongo faction too? That is a Vancouver Sun thing, isn’t it… ;)

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  7. Rituro
    May 23, 2012

    “Are you a diehard Kirk McLean fan?”

    Yeeeeeeeeeeees yes yes yes yes yes!

    “If so, and if you have a lot of money…”

    …oh.

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  8. sarah
    May 23, 2012

    Umm…should we be worried about Captain Kirk now?

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  9. DanD
    May 23, 2012

    “Another successful human interaction.”

    Haha!

    That is all.

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  10. libbyzbeanz
    May 24, 2012

    Another gem: “Not many remember that it was McLean in net when Wayne Gretzky scored his milestone 802nd NHL goal, breaking the mark previously held by Gordie Howe.” Yeah except for every Canucks fan alive at the time.

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  11. spacehindu
    May 30, 2012

    Yeah, why is he selling all this stuff, I hope its not money woes. I know his restaurant didn’t do so well though. I have a game used stick autographed from the 94 cup run which is one of my prized possessions!

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