This striking road white dureen tie-down gamer by Wilson was worn by Gary Jarrett during the 1968-69 NHL season. Jarrett got his first taste of the NHL in 1960-61 with the Maple Leafs, though he spent most of the first half of the decade skating in the minors. Jarrett cracked the Red Wings roster in 1966 and spent an entire year with the club in 1967-68 as the NHL expanded from 6 to 12 teams. In 1968-69 he joined the Oakland Seals and spent the next 4 years representing the California based franchise. In 1972-73, Jarrett bolted for the WHA where he played for the Cleveland Crusaders for 4 seasons before retiring from the sport. During his first year in the WHA, Jarrett netted 40 goals placing him among the league’s top goal scorers.
Gary’s best NHL season came while wearing this very jersey. In 63 contests for the Seals in 1968-69, Jarrett scored 22 goals and 45 points placing him among the teams scoring leaders. Stunning eye appeal thanks to the still vibrant colors is what catches your attention when first glancing at this vintage treasure. The game wear on this sweater is solid and consists of stick marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, and fine pilling both inside and out to go along with a handful of team-sewn repairs. The Seals lasted a mere 3 seasons in Oakland thus making their sweaters both rare and extremely desirable. This example harkens you back to the beginning of the post expansion era, some 40 odd years ago as the NHL doubled in size from their original 6 to 12 teams. A beautiful 2nd year cornerstone type example, choice!