This road black heavy mesh gamer by Stall & Dean was worn by Pete Peeters circa the 1982-83 or 1983-84 NHL seasons. The Philadelphia Flyers selected Peeters in the 8th round of the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft. He began his NHL career with a 5-game stint in Philadelphia in 1978-79. After the retirement of Bernie Parent, Peeters earned himself a full-time job and had himself a terrific rookie season. In 1979-80, Peeters and his Flyers went on a 35-game unbeaten streak, shattering an NHL record in the process. The Flyers season eventually ended in game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the hands of the New York Islanders.
Peeters played in Philadelphia for a total of 4 seasons before joining the Boston Bruins in 1982-83. Pete would spend parts of 4 years in Boston before a deal took him to Washington in 1985-86. Pete played in the Nations Capital for 4 years and then re-joined the Philadelphia Fyers for two more seasons before announcing his retirement. During his 13-year NHL career, Peeters captured the 1983 Vezina Trophy, played in 4 NHL All Star games and was named 1st Team NHL All Star. Pete also backstopped Team Canada during the 1984 Canada Cup, winning 3 of his 4 starts. All told this netminder won 246 games, 21 by way of shutout, against only 155 Losses and 51 Ties and was one of the standout goalies of his generation.
Offered here is Peeters road black gamer from the early part of his tenure in Boston. After joining the Bruins in 1982-83, Peeters put forth the best year of his entire career. Pete appeared in 62 games, a career-high, winning 40 of them against 11 Losses and 9 Ties. Pete posted 8 shutouts and a spectacular 2.36 GAA and led his team to the Eastern Conference Finals where they fell at the hands of the New York Islanders dynasty. Peeters went unbeated in 31 consecutive games that season, missing the Bruins all-time mark by a single game. For his stellar efforts, Peeters was selected 1st Team All Star, won the Vezina Trophy as the leagues best goalie and played in the 1983 NHL All Star game. Peeters was also 2nd in the MVP balloting behind some kid named Gretzky. Pete would also go on to earn All Star status in his 2nd season with the Bruins, playing in the 1984 NHL All Star game.
Fresh to the hobby, this highly customized gamer is a stunning sight to behold. The sleeves on this jersey are goalie wide and have been custom shortened with elasticized cuffs. Most impressively however is the body of this jersey, which has been lengthened by nearly a foot, having had an extra panel of Stall & Dean mesh sewn into it starting beneath the crest and ending above the hem. Eventually the NHL caught on to Pete’s gig and these 5-hole blocking gamers were outlawed. Another thrilling aspect of this jersey is that it is a Stall & Dean, which until now were believed to have stopped making Bruins jerseys in 1980-81. Our assumption is that the local Brockton, Massachusetts Company was commissioned by the Bruins staff to make this highly customized gamer up for Peeters as a first try at this “new puck stopping idea”. We should also point out that we are aware of both home and road Peeters game worn jerseys, made by CCM, that mimic this sweater in size existing in our hobby.
Sewn perfectly into the collar of this gamer are the Stall & Dean, wash, size and year tagging. The game wear on this sweater is solid and consists of stick and puck marks, some burns, goal post paint transfer, crossbar paint transfer and areas of heavy pilling. This amazing vintage jersey was likely donned by Peeters during his Vezina winning year and is previously unknown to the hobby. Both a cornerstone and a conversation piece that should attract plenty of interest from the Bruins and goalie collectors alike, choice!