This road blue mesh gamer by Cosby was worn by Lucien DeBlois during the 1979-80 NHL season. The New York Rangers selected DeBlois 8th overall in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft. He broke into the NHL that same year with the Broadway Blueshirts, lighting the lamp 22 times as a rookie. The following season, DeBlois and the Rangers made an unlikely trek to the Stanley Cup Final where they fell to the Montreal Canadiens dynasty. After only 6 games in 1979-80, his 3rd season in the league, the Rangers dealt DeBlois to the Colorado Rockies in a blockbuster deal to obtain Barry Beck. Lucien spent 2 years with the Rockies, 3 more in Winnipeg and then joined the Montreal Canadiens where, in his 2nd and final year with the club, he won the 1986 Stanley Cup. DeBlois rejoined the Rangers in 1986-87 and played there for 3 more years before finishing his 15-year NHL career with stints in Quebec, Toronto and Winnipeg. DeBlois, a decorated star in juniors, scored 249 career NHL goals.
Offered here is DeBlois’ final Rangers jersey from his first go around with the club, worn at the beginning of the 1979-80 season, prior to his being traded in exchange for Barry Beck. Sewn into the collar of this gamer are the Cosby, wash and size tagging. The game wear on this sweater is on the lighter side, as you would expect, and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes and inner pilling. A custom old-school fight strap is found on the inside. For Rangers style collectors, this presents a wonderful opportunity as it features the seldom-used large font sleeve numbers and New York diagonally down the front.