This road orange heavy mesh gamer by Eagle was worn by Brad McCrimmon during the 1985-86 NHL season. The Boston Bruins selected McCrimmon in the 1st round of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, He began his NHL career in Beantown in 1979-80 and remained with the Bruins for 3 seasons. In the summer of 1982 the Flyers and Bruins pulled off a major trade where they exchanged Pete Peeters even up for Brad McCrimmon. McCrimmon spent the next 5 seasons with the Flyers and during that time he went to 2 Stanley Cup Finals under the guidance of head coach Mike Keenan. Brad next went to the Calgary Flames, where he played for 3 years and won his only Stanley Cup. He then finished out his career with stays in Detroit, Hartford and Phoenix. All told this defenseman played in 1222 games over the course of 18 NHL seasons.
Brad averaged over a PIM per game, winding up with a career total of 1416 PIMS. His most productive offensive seasons came with the Flyers, where he registered back-to-back double-digit goal totals in 1985-86 and 1986-87. McCrimmon was named a 2nd team NHL All Star in 1988 and also won the Plus/Minus Award and played in the NHL All Star game that same season. Since retiring, McCrimmon vigorously pursued a career in coaching. He served behind the bench for 14 seasons representing the Islanders, Saskatoon Blades, Flames, Thrashers, Red Wings and most recently Yaroslavl Lokomotiv in the KHL where he had just taken over the reigns as the clubs Head Coach. As you know, Brad tragically lost his life on September 7th 2011 in a plane crash that killed 43 people including all of Yaroslavl Lokomotiv’s players and coaching staff.
On November 11th 1985 the life of the Flyers All Star goalie Pelle Lindbergh came to an end a day after he drove his Porsche into a wall in front of a South Jersey Elementary School, just miles from the Flyers practice facility. The Flyers organization honored Pelle’s memory by wearing his number “31” on their left shoulder for the remainder of the 1985-86 season.
Offered here is McCrimmon’s road sweater from that memorable campaign. Sewn to the left shoulder of the gamer is Pelle’s “31”. The sleeves have been custom shortened by the team. The game wear on this sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, significant board burns, board paint transfer, a fight strap that has lost the battle to salt and rust, inner pilling and several team-sewn repairs. Donned by this talented defenseman during a year his team paid tribute to their fallen teammate and who sadly fell victim to the recent KHL tragedy resulting in the loss of his own life.