This is Jason Arnott coming out of the Tropical Typhoon waterslide in West Edmonton Mall's World Waterpark, the most funnest place on the planet. I have a near-identical photo of myself coming out of the same waterslide, although from a side angle. (I wonder if Jason Arnott ever got around to touching the the hair and Band-Aid encrusted grates at the end of the wave pool).
This is part of Deadspin's "worst hockey cards ever" web exhibit, by way of the awesome Get High on Hockey blog, which I hadn't seen before (lesson learned once again from Deadspin: be better than everyone else at finding good blogs and read them often).
Anyway, most of them date back to the early 1990s when professional hockey players had more in common with the leads from FUBAR than the slick, well-coached athletes of today. Front and centre on Deadspin is a "Be a Player" hockey card featuring Curtis Joseph touching his balls while driving a golf cart, which is hard to top, but there's plenty of other nuggets on GHoH's site, including a particularly weaselly, pencil-moustached Adam Graves looking even more pervy than Corey Perry, as well as a draft-day Markus Naslund in candy-striped pants posing in front of that painterly faux-marble that was apparently standard-issue for studio photographers between 1990 - 1995 . Definitely worth a look, especially if you're trying to run out the clock at work today.
PS: The Jason Arnott trading card above is considered to be extremely rare, as it's the only time Jason Arnott ever smiled when he was in Edmonton.
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