The native of Trochu, Alberta, Kevin Haller grew up watching the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames in the Battle of Alberta. He yearned to become a NHL player himself, perhaps even playing against Wayne Gretzky.
That's exactly what happened. And in 1993 Haller was asked to shut Gretzky down, in the Stanley Cup finals nonetheless!
Talk about a daunting task, but Haller did his job admirably. Gretzky was an offensive force in the series, but commented on Haller's tough but clean style of play.
He is "one of the toughest defensemen to play against for me personally," said the Great One.
Kevin Haller is today's Shoebox Memory. Pictured is Topps card #445 from the 1992-93 collection.