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1980-81 Rick Kehoe Pittsburgh Penguins Game Worn Jersey – Inaugural Sunday Gold - Career Best 55-Goal & 88 Point Season - All Star Season - Lady Byng - Photo Match
Lot #12

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1980-81 Rick Kehoe Pittsburgh Penguins Game Worn Jersey – Inaugural Sunday Gold - Career Best 55-Goal & 88 Point Season - All Star Season - Lady Byng - Photo Match
Lot #12

This Sunday Gold mesh gamer by Sandow SK was worn by Rick Kehoe during the 1980-81 NHL season. The Toronto Maple Leafs selected Kehoe in the 2nd round of the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft. This high-flying winger made his NHL debut with the Leafs in 1971-72 and spent 3 seasons in Toronto before joining the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1974-75. Kehoe’s tenure in Pittsburgh spanned 11 seasons as he won the hearts of the Penguins fans. This 2-time NHL All Star put forth six different 30-goal seasons including a career single season best of 55 goals in 1980-81. Following his retirement, Kehoe spent 15 seasons behind the Pittsburgh bench and was part of the Lemieux led back-to-back Stanley Cup winning teams in the early 1990’s.

The game wear on this sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, stitch pops, inner pilling and a team-sewn repair. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Kehoe wearing this exact jersey while standing alongside Penguins new Captain, Randy Carlyle. This photo was used as part of the Penguins season ticket advertising campaign for the 1981-82 season. Therefore it is certainly possible that in addition to wearing this jersey during the 1980-81 season, that Rick also wore this sweater during the 1981-82 season. The 1980-81 season was the first time that Pittsburgh wore a Sunday Gold, dating this example to that inaugural unveiling in the Steel City. Kehoe struck for a career best 55 goals and 88 points while wearing this gamer during the 1980-81 season, earning his first All Star Game appearance in the process. This photo matched example is completely fresh to the hobby and would become an instant cornerstone in any Pittsburgh Penguins game worn jersey collection, choice!