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Nick Vitucci's basement museum (nostalgia/memorabilia galore!)

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Nick Vitucci's basement museum (nostalgia/memorabilia galore!)

This video was posted in a thread in the main board, but I think it really belongs here.



It's a little on the long side, so you might skip to around 5:00 to skip the extensive puck collection and get right to the most nostalgic displays.

I think it's fair to say the old-timers on the forum will find a few memories stirred up by this one He calls it a "man cave", but it's more like a museum and tribute to hockey at all levels over the past 50 or 60 years.

Also, in case the name doesn't ring a bell -- Nick Vitucci is an historically significant minor-leaguer in his own right. He is the ECHL's career goaltending leader in GP and wins, and won 4 championships in that league. Until tonight, he was the only goaltender in history to be credited with a goal on a guarded net (and I might be the only person to have witnessed both such goals in person ). It would seem that he spent a good deal of his career collecting memorabilia from all across the minor-league circuit.

Clearly a guy who loves and appreciates the history and life of the game.

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Quite the puck collection. Absolutely everything from Jr.A/B&C to amateur & Tournament, Intl to WHA, NHL & a half a dozen minor leagues. On that score, he just might need some Collection Intervention from Elyse Luray of History Detectives fame. Thats a lot of pucks.... rest of the stuff was neat. Id forgotten the name, but did a quick search. Played for the old Jr. A Marlies for two years mid-80's followed by 13+ seasons as a pro, time mostly spent in the ECHL, in fact inducted into their HOF a few years ago. At only 5'9", with size of goalies gaining so much more importance from 87 or so onward, a tad handicapped. Now Head Coach in Toldeo where he's been for a few years now.

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Quite the puck collection. Absolutely everything from Jr.A/B&C to amateur & Tournament, Intl to WHA, NHL & a half a dozen minor leagues. On that score, he just might need some Collection Intervention from Elyse Luray of History Detectives fame. Thats a lot of pucks.... rest of the stuff was neat. Id forgotten the name, but did a quick search. Played for the old Jr. A Marlies for two years mid-80's followed by 13+ seasons as a pro, time mostly spent in the ECHL, in fact inducted into their HOF a few years ago. At only 5'9", with size of goalies gaining so much more importance from 87 or so onward, a tad handicapped. Now Head Coach in Toldeo where he's been for a few years now.

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Yeah, I have a particular soft spot for Vitucci having followed his '96 Checkers closely on their championship run. He was indeed a bit of a throwback compared to the big, lanky goalies who were starting to come into vogue around that time. But agile, intelligent, made every bit of that 5'9" frame. Played that great early-90s hybrid style like a Brodeur or Potvin, lots of fun to watch when performed capably. And also threw-down memorably in a goalie fight against Sandy Allan, both throwing haymakers. That time period in the ECHL was a hell of a lot of fun.

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Great stuff! Wish it was professionally videotaped though. Would have liked to see closeups of some of the items and the glare on the glass cases was annoying.

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Yeah, I have a particular soft spot for Vitucci having followed his '96 Checkers closely on their championship run... That time period in the ECHL was a hell of a lot of fun.
Oh ya? That mustve been a treat. The ECHL an interesting league, players. I vaguely remember Vitucci from the Toronto Marlies, looking him up on hockeydb remembering more; backup to Sean Burke in his first year, starter in his second & final year of Major Junior. Interesting, because the Marlboroughs had a long & rich history of both selecting & developing goaltenders going back decades, so Vitucci must have absolutely had the right stuff. Could be political though, as in some seasons & era's goalies were promoted from within the organization, up through the ranks of the GTHL's Marlboroughs from like Pee Wee, Midget, given almost byes with spots on the Markham Waxers followed by the Jr.A Marlies. Vitucci however I believe was an outlier, having played amateur & Jr.B elsewhere. It really is a shame that size rather than skill has become such an over-riding criteria & factor in the selection of goaltenders & forwards.

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Great stuff! Wish it was professionally videotaped though. Would have liked to see closeups of some of the items and the glare on the glass cases was annoying.
Well, why dont you just hop in the car, grab a case of beer, drive on down to Toldeo, knock on his door?

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