This road blue dureen gamer by Wilson was worn by Bart Crashley during the 1974-75 NHL season. Crashley had a long professional career that began in the mid 1960’s. He would spend parts of 4 years with the Detroit Red Wings in the 1960’s before playing for several more in the AHL and CHL in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. When the WHA formed, Crashley became an original member of the Los Angeles Sharks where he played for 2 seasons before bolting back to the NHL. His finest professional year came in the inaugural WHA season as he lit the lamp 18 times and added 27 helpers for 45 points from the Sharks blueline.
Bart returned to the NHL in a Scouts uniform where he played for 27 games until a deal sent him back to the familiar digs of the Motor City. Crashley would next be part of the trade that sent Marcel Dionne to Los Angeles, where he finished his NHL career in 1975-76. He retired after spending a few more seasons in the AHL and CHL and later went on to a coaching career. Crashley won the CHL’s Most Valuable Defenseman Award in 1971-72 and played in the WHA’s inaugural All Star game in 1972-73, as a member of the LA Sharks.
Sewn into the collar of this gamer is the Wilson size 48 tag. Sewn into the hem is the beautiful chain-stitched ‘1974’ year tag. The stunning 3 tiered tackle twill crest with wonderful yellow, blue and white stitching screams old-time hockey. Some stick mark remnants can be seen on the aforementioned crest that, along with inner pilling, represent the visible game use on this predominantly deep blue colored vintage offering. The Scouts existed for a mere couple of seasons and were the predecessors to the Colorado Rockies and New Jersey Devils franchises. This vintage offering was originally part of the famed Raifie Bass Collection whose themes consisted of 500 Goal Scorers and Colorado hockey history among others.