This road white dureen tie-down gamer by General Athletic was worn by Alain Caron during the 1967-68 NHL season, the first in the Seals existence and Caron’s rookie season. Caron, who was the property of the Chicago Blackhawks, was selected by Oakland in the 1967 expansion draft. He would go on to play in 58 games as an original member of the Seals during the NHL’s expansion season, as the league went from their Original 6 teams to 12. The following year, Caron briefly suited up for the Montreal Canadiens, it was to be his last NHL stop. After some time in the AHL, CHL and WHL, Caron became an original member of the Quebec Nordiques in 1972-73 as the WHA came into existence. Alain spent parts of 3 seasons in Quebec, before he was dealt to the Michigan Stags where he finished his career in 1974-75. In Caron’s 2 full years with the Nordiques, he scored better than 30 goals in each season despite playing in 68 and 59 games respectively. In 195 WHA games Caron scored an impressive 82 goals.
Offered here is Caron’s rookie sweater and a true gem at that with fantastic eye appeal, still vibrant colors and having been worn during road contests during the Oakland Seals first year of existence. Sewn into the collar is the size flag tag. Sewn into the hem is the General Athletic manufacturer’s tag. The game wear on this sweater is solid and consists of stick marks, board burns, board paint transfer, an un-repaired burn hole, pulls, fine inner pilling and a couple of handfuls of team-sewn repairs, including some of the material backed variety. A treat also worthy of mention is the original green skate lace that remains strung thru the eyelets. First year Oakland Seals gamers are a true prize to hobbyists and have been notoriously difficult to come by. Here is a premiere defunct offering that is now 45-years removed from the ice, as the NHL celebrated their expansion from the Original 6, choice!