Saturday, September 4, 2010
Born on this date in 1965, Sergio Momesso was drafted 27th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft after scoring 69 points in 70 games with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL.
He continued to play for Shawinigan the following season, raising his point totals to 42 goals and 130 points. The 6' 3" left winger also made ruggedness apparent with 235 penalty minutes. After scoring 8 points in 6 playoff games, Momesso gained more experience by joining the Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the AHL for the remainder of their playoffs. Additionally, he made his NHL debut with a single game with the Canadiens.
1984-85 saw Momesso gaining more confidence and experience with the Cataractes as he scored 56 goals and 146 points in 64 games, earning QMJHL Player of the Year recognition.
He made the Canadiens roster following an impressive training camp in 1985, but suffered a knee injury after 24 games, which included his first NHL goal. The injury prevented Momesso on opportunity to play for the Stanley Cup, which Montreal would go on to win at the conclusion of the season.
Momesso played for his hometown Canadiens for two more seasons before being traded to the St. Louis Blues after a 53 game season in 1988-89, he would set an NHL career high with 24 goals and 56 points, as well as 199 penalty minutes, while playing with the high scoring Brett Hull and Adam Oates for much of the 1989-90 season.
At the 1991 trade deadline, Momesso was one of four Blues sent to the Vancouver Canucks, a trade considered one of the best in Canucks history, as addition to Momesso, Vancouver also received Geoff Courtnall and Cliff Ronning as part of the deal.
The highlight of Momesso's four seasons in Vancouver was the team's run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1994, where they took the New York Rangers to a decisive Game 7. Momesso contributed 3 goals and 7 points in the Canucks 24 playoff games, including the game winner in overtime in Game 4 of Round 2 against the Dallas Stars.
Following the 1994-95 season, he was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs where he played 54 games before being moved to the New York Rangers. He started the 1996-97 season with the Rangers, but after just nine games, he landed back in St. Louis for the final 31 games of his NHL career.
Unable to find work in the NHL for the following season, Momesso signed with the Cologne Sharks of the DEL in Germany for the 1997-98 season. The German game agreed with Momesso, as he scored 33 points in 42 games that season. He played for the Nuermberg Ice Tigers in 1998-99 where he set a professional high with 59 points which came in just 48 games.
A return to the Sharks came for 1999-00 followed by one final season with Cologne before Momesso retired following the 2000-01 season.
His final NHL career totals were 152 goals and 193 points in 345 games, plus an additional 63 goals and 151 points in Europe.
Today's featured jersey is a 1994-95 Vancouver Canucks Sergio Momesso jersey. This jersey style was first introduced in 1989-90. The NHL 75th Anniversary patch was worn in 1991-92, the Canuck Place patch arrived in 1992-93, along with the Stanley Cup Centennial patch worn that season.
1993-94 saw the 2 Pts. F. G. patch worn as a memorial to team owner Frank Griffiths, which was later joined by the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals patch.
Today's featured jersey sports the Vancouver Canucks 25th Anniversary patch, as worn in the 1994-95 season. There were no additional patches worn for the final two seasons of life for this highly decorated style, which saw six different patches worn in eight seasons, including a high of three at the same time during the 1994 cup finals.
Bonus Jersey: Today's Bonus jersey is a 1997-98 Cologne Sharks Sergio Momesso jersey as worn during the final four seasons of Momesso's career following his move to the German DEL.
This jersey is typical of the European leagues with it's multiple sponsorship logos which are often given priority over even the club's own identity.
All of the available videos online of Sergio Momesso are fighting videos, and here is the best of the lot.
First up, Momesso gives as good as he gets when he and Mark Tinordi exchange blows in a great scrap called.
Momesso apparently has an issue with Minnesota North Stars, as here he has a go with Basil MacRae and gets in a clean shot that staggers MacRae, who to his credit gathers himself up and comes back for more. Take note of MacRae's doctored sleeves, which open up to free his arms for fighting, particularly his left sleeve at the :50 mark!