Thursday, November 04, 2004


Christer Olsson: End of a Footnote

Former Senators and Blues defenseman Christer Olsson retired from hockey today.

Why would I bother mentioning this? Only because of...

November 27, 1996
St. Louis Blues trade D Christer Olsson to the Ottawa Sentaros in exchange for F Pavol Demitra.

Poor guy! It must not be too easy being a footnote in one of the more lopsided NHL trades in the past decade...or being named 'Christer'

After his trade to the Senators, Olsson only played 25 games for them before a hit along the end boards seperated his shoulder (To which Don Cherry used as an example on the evils of seamless glass).
He then went back to Sweden to hide away from the shame of being dealt for GOD/PAVOL DEMITRA!!

I actually liked Christer Olsson when he was a member of the Blues, and he was named 'best defenseman' at the 1995 World Championships. He never made a big dent in the NHL (16 points in 56 games), but he was a good defenseman and had a good career back home.

I'm just glad the Senators liked him enough to deal away Demitra...and the rest is/was history.

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