1991-92 New Jersey Devils
Road CCM Knit, Size 54, 75th Patch, 10th Anniversary Patch
Moderate to Heavy overall wear with 6 repairs, great
board burns, puck/stick marks, a few unrepaired holes, and fraying
on the crest. Awesome piece worn by this solid defenseman and penalty
Eric Weinrich was drafted
32nd overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils.
In 1985-86, Weinrich enrolled at the University of Maine and scored
14 points as a Hockey East freshman. In 1986-87, he improved to 44
points in 41 games and was named an NCAA East Second Team All-American
and in 1987-88 saw action in only eight games with the club before
opting to join the U.S. National Team.
On January 29, 1989, Weinrich made his NHL debut against the Minnesota
North Stars. After playing one more NHL game that season, Weinrich
returned in 1989-90 and played 19 games while suiting up for the better
part of the season with the Devils AHL affiliate in Utica where he
was the recipient of the Eddie Shore Award as the league's top defenceman.
That year, he scored his first goal and played his first six playoff
games in the post-season. In 1990-91, he joined the Devils full-time
and scored 38 points as a rookie.
On August 18, 1992, Weinrich was traded with the rights to Sean Burke
to the Hartford Whalers for Bobby Holik and a second-round draft pick.
In 1993-94, he was traded again, on November 2, to the Chicago Blackhawks
as part of the three-team Steve Larmer deal that included the Rangers.
In the shortened 1994-95 season, Weinrich scored 13 points in 48 games.
In the playoffs, he helped his team reach the Western Conference finals
before losing to the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup finals.
In 1998-99, he was traded on November 16 with Jeff Hackett, Alain
Nasreddine, and a fourth-round draft pick to the Montreal Canadiens
for Jocelyn Thibault, Dave Manson, and Brad Brown. In 80 games between
the two teams, he recorded 22 points, 127 hits and 130 blocked shots.
In 2000-01, Weinrich served as Montreal's team captain early in the
season when Saku Koivu was sidelined with injury. On February 21,
he was traded to the Boston Bruins for Patrick Traverse, and on July
5, 2001, he signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers. Upon
his arrival in Philadelphia, Weinrich has been one of the team's most
durable players and played his 1,000th game in 2002-03 before being
dealt to the St. Louis Blues shortly after the 2004 NHL All-Star game.
On the international stage, Weinrich first played for the United States'
junior team at the 1985 World Junior Championships. One year later,
he won a bronze medal at the 1986 World Junior Championships. In 1987-88,
the Roanoke, VA native played 38 games with the United States' national
team in pre-Olympic play. He then played three games at the Olympic
Winter Games in Calgary.
In 1991, Weinrich represented his country's national team at the World
Championships and Canada Cup tournaments. He helped the U.S. reach
the final in the Canada Cup before losing to Canada. After participating
at the 1993 World Championships, he represented his country at six
straight World Championship tournaments from 1997 to 2002 and returning
yet again in 2004.