When playing for the Ottawa Senators, Andreas Dackell was a fairly productive right winger (35-50 points a year), but when paired with Joé Juneau, he was also reliable on the penalty kill. They played together for one season in the Canadian capital, but two more with the Montréal Canadiens, where their offensive output diminished - as is usual in this god-forsaken, defense-first hockey city - but they became one of the league's premier penalty-kill teams. On awful fucking teams.
There was a pre-season jamboree where I got to meet a lot of Habs players, such as Mathieu Garon, Jeff Hackett and Marcel Hossa, who was a terrific guy. I also got to meet Dackell and have him sign this 2002-03 team postcard:
It also brings me one step closer to completing my Habs Numbers Project, where I collect signed and/or memorabilia stuff from players wearing each uniform number worn in team history. Dackell wore #24, which has since been worn by Jeff Halpern, Alex Henry, Todd Simpson and Mathieu Schneider (who also wore 8, 18 and 27 for the Habs!). Prior to Dackell, it had been worn by the likes of Chris Chelios, Lyle Odelein, Scott Thornton, Pierre Mondou, and Robert Picard.