This home white knit gamer by Maska was worn by Guy Lafleur during the 1980-81 NHL season. Lafleur is considered one of the game’s all-time greats and was so recognized in the now revered ‘The Hockey News’ book which ranked the 50 greatest players in NHL history. Guy was honored as the 11th greatest player in NHL history in that publication.
His numerous career accomplishments include 6 NHL All Star appearances, 6 consecutive 1st Team NHL All Star selections from 1975-1980, the 1978 plus/minus award, the 1977 Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, 3 Art Ross Trophies for leading the NHL in scoring, 3 Lester B. Pearson Awards as the NHL’s outstanding player and 2 Hart Trophies as the NHL’s MVP.
Guy scored 50 goals in 6 consecutive seasons from 1974-75 thru 1979-80. During that period, Lafleur averaged 54 goals, 74 assists and 128 points per season, just flat out dominating the sport. In 1126 regular season games Guy totaled 560 goals, 793 assists and 1353 points. In 128 playoff contests Lafleur tallied 58 goals and 134 points. He won 5 Stanley Cups with the franchise of the decade of the 1970’s, the Montreal Canadiens. He was not only the face of the late 1970’s Montreal dynasty, but that of the entire NHL.
The game wear on this vintage Maska knit is simply outstanding. There are stick marks, board burns, plenty of recognizable Montreal Forum board paint transfer, heavy inner pilling, outer pilling, washed out bloodstains and a staggering number of team-sewn repairs. Counting all of them became impossibile, as we continually lost count in the triple digits. We can safely confirm that there are in excess of 100 of those beloved classic Montreal Canadiens team-sewn repairs that litter the sleeves and body of this awesome piece of NHL history. The all-original nameplate is yet another key element to this gamer that collectors will love. Shown above is a beautiful photo-match of Lafleur wearing this exact jersey in game action against the Winnipeg Jets. This spectacular jersey was worn extensively by the man that literally dominated an era. It is the type of jaw-dropping example that so infrequently finds its way to market, thus presenting an opportunity for the serious collector that should not be missed.