Thursday, September 20, 2012
Alain Chevrier played for the Chicago Blackhawks in the latter half of the 1988-89 season and pretty much carried the 'Hawks to the Conference Finals. He also played for Chicago in 1989-90, but was sent to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the trade deadline.
At the start of the 1990-91 season, I sent Chevrier a fan letter. He had changed teams again, and was a backup for the Detroit Red Wings.
A few months later, I forgot about my TTM request. Even as a kid, I knew that not every player was going to respond.
Well, Chevrier did respond. I just took him some time.
Fast forward to July 1994. Roughly 3 years and 9 months after I wrote to Chevrier, I got back my 3 hockey cards, signed by the netminder in black Sharpie marker.
Chevrier included a few extra things with my cards...
In summary, Chevrier explains why it took so long to get back to my letter. He gives an update on his life--retired from hockey, gainfully employed in a new career and now has kids. He also advises to stay in school and love your family. Overall, a nice "form" letter...one that still makes me happy to read almost two decades later.
Chevrier also included this black and white picture of some of his hockey cards, which he also autographed.
The fact that Chevrier got back to my request just shows how awesome the majority of pro hockey players are as people. It makes you feel good to support a player when that player, in turn, appreciates your support.
Eighteen years later, this is still one of my favorite returns of all time.