This road black dureen gamer by Wilson was worn by Phil Esposito during the 1973-74 NHL season and the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals. During this season, Phil amassed the 2nd highest goal total of his career with an astounding 68. Phil led the NHL in goals in 6 consecutive seasons from 1969-70 thru 1974-75. During that span he tallied 4 seasons of 60 goals or better including his record setting 76. To that point in NHL history, no other player had ever scored 60 goals, not even once. Only Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky’s 5 seasons of 60 goals top Espo’s mark. Phil also held the NHL record for most points in a season for 20 years with his 152 until Gretzky surpassed it in the early 1980’s. Phil stands as one of a select few players in NHL history to have scored 700 career goals, with his total of 717. His 1590 career points rank him 8th on the NHL’s all-time scoring list.
Phil was 6-times a 1st and 2-times a 2nd team NHL All Star and appeared in 10 NHL All Star games. To his credit are 4 trips to the Stanley Cup Finals that include 2 Stanley Cup championships. Phil played key roles for Team Canada during the 1972 Summitt Series and the 1976 Canada Cup. During the infamous 1972 Summitt Series, Phil led Team Canada in goals, assists and points during that historic 8-game clash with the Russians. His other hardware includes the Lester Patrick trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States, 5 Art Ross Trophies for leading the NHL in scoring, 2 Lester B. Pearson awards as the NHL’s outstanding player along with 2 Hart Memorial Trophies as league MVP. Espo was one of the greatest to ever play the game as evidenced by his many accomplishments. The Hall of Fame was made to honor men such as this.
Sewn to the shoulders of this striking dureen are the desirable Boston Bruins 50th anniversary patches. Sewn to the left breast is the alternate Captains “A”. The size of this sweater is an enormous 56, which has been taken in by the Bruins training staff, something which was rather common with Bruins dureens from the period. The game wear is solid and includes stick marks, board burns, heavy inner pilling and a handful of team-sewn repairs.
Shown above are photo matches of Phil wearing this exact jersey. Also, accompanying your winning bid, will be video footage showing Espo wearing this sweater during the clinching game of the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals. Click on video 1, in the video area above, to see the clip you will receive. In fact, this was the exact black dureen jersey that you grew up seeing Phil wearing for all of the televised 1973-74 game of the week contests. There remains faint evidence of what was the TV nameplate high between the shoulders of this spectacular piece of NHL history.
This beauty was worn during the height of Phil’s Hall of Fame career as he patrolled the slot for the dominating Big Bad Bruins teams of the 1970’s. Jerseys worn during the Stanley Cup Finals are among the hobbies most desirable. 50th anniversary patch Bruins gamers are incredibly tough to come by and are on the majority of serious collectors wish lists. This qualifies as one of the hobbies finest sweaters and would become the instant cornerstone of any serious Hall of Fame collection.