This road red knit gamer by Maska was worn by Mike Palmateer during the 1981-82 NHL season. Palmateer began his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1976-77. He would spend the first 4 years of his career tending goal with the Leafs during which time he helped turn around the fledgling franchise. His heroics during the 1978 Stanley Cup playoffs are legendary, as he led the Leafs past the New York Islanders in the Quarter Finals in what was an incredible 7-game series that ended with Lanny McDonald’s overtime goal in game 7. The Leafs and Palmateer’s magical run ended in the Semi Finals at the hands of the dynasty Montreal Canadiens of the late 1970’s. A contract dispute ended Palmateer’s tenure in Toronto following the 1979-80 season and he was dealt to Washington. Mike spent 2 seasons with the Capitals, all the while battling a series of injuries. Following the 1981-82 season, Palmateer was dealt back to the Maple Leafs where he played for 2 more seasons before his knees gave out for good. He announced his retirement at 30-years old in 1984, a most exciting career cut way too short.
Palmateer stood at only 5’9”, which helps to explain the dramatic sleeve customizations that exist on this amazing goalie sweater. The sleeves have been shortened all the way up to the blue star, thus eliminating both the red and white wrist stripe! Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Palmateer wearing this exact jersey with the aforementioned customized sleeves. The game wear on this vintage sweater consists of typical goalie wear with a good number of stick and puck marks as well as some exterior pulls and pilling both inside and out. A plate change is also worthy of mention, a commonality with the Capitals in the early 1980's. Outstanding example with great customizations and an awesome photo match to go with, choice!