This road black mesh gamer by Champion was worn by Wayne Cashman during both the 1975-76 and 1976-77 NHL seasons. Cashman spent all of his 17 NHL seasons with the Boston Bruins, never donning the sweater of any rival club. Wayne was the heart and soul of the Big Bad Bruins, winning 2 Stanley Cups and playing in the Finals in three other seasons during their glory years in the 1970’s. Cash was a 2nd team NHL All Star in 1974 and made an appearance in the NHL All Star game that season as well. He also represented Team Canada in the historic 1972 Summitt Series where Canada defeated the Soviets in dramatic fashion. To his credit are better than 1000 regular season games played while wearing the black and gold. During that span he racked up in excess of 1000 PIMS while netting 277 goals. Looking at Cashman’s plus/minus totals can leave you in awe, with his best 5 years coming in at +59, +49, +42, +34 and +30. During playoff time Cash ramped things up, scoring 31 goals and 88 points while accumulating 250 PIMS in 145 games played. Any Bruins fight tape from the glory years is undoubtedly filled with highlights of Cashman wailing on some poor opponent. When Cash retired following the 1982-83 season, he was the last remaining player from the Original 6.
Sewn proudly to the left breast of this gamer is the Captain’s “C”, a title that Cashman assumed from legendary Bruins forward and Hall of Famer Johnny Bucyk. Cashman reigned as team Captain from the mid 1970’s thru his retirement in 1983. This covered much of the Don Cherry era, which so endeared Bostonians to their hockey club. This striking all-original road gamer exhibits heavy use which includes stick and slash marks, board burns, un-repaired burn holes, inner pilling and by our count nearly 30 team-sewn repairs. Affixed to the inside is an old school double garter fight strap.
This sweater is so accurate a reflection of the man that so proudly wore it, leaving little doubt as to the heart, soul and determination he exhuded on ice. This jersey began obtaining its battle scars during the latter part of the 1975-76 season. It was again placed into service for the majority of the 1976-77 season, the last of hockey’s pre nameplate era. Shown above are some beautiful photos of Cashman wearing his road black Champion during both the 1975-76 and 1976-77 NHL seasons. Cashman gamers have been notoriously difficult for collectors to acquire thru the years. This well-worn example also happens to be Cashman 1st Captain’s jersey, a true piece of Boston Bruins history, choice!