This home white knit gamer by CCM was worn by Brian Hayward during the 1986-87 NHL season. After graduating Cornell University, Hayward began his NHL career with the Winnipeg Jets in 1982-83. He would spend 4 seasons between the pipes for the Jets before joining the Montreal Canadiens in 1986-87. Brian stood between the pipes in Montreal for 4 years before finishing his career with stints in Minnesota and San Jose. Despite the emergence of Patrick Roy in 1985-86, a year before he joined the Habs, Hayward stood between the pipes in nearly half of the Canadiens games during his 4-year tenure with the club and he actually partook in 13 playoff games in 1986-87, his first season with the storied franchise. Hayward won the William M. Jennings Trophy in each of his first 3 seasons with Les Habitants.
The 1986-87 season saw Hayward play in 37 games, winning 19 against 13 losses and 4 ties. Brian posted a shutout and recorded a 2.81 GAA. He then played in 13 playoff games that postseason against Patrick Roy’s six, going 6-5 with a 2.71 GAA. The Canadiens would eventually fall to the Philadelphia Flyers in the hardfought Wales Conference Finals as Brian started all but 1 of those games for Montreal in the series that nearly earned them the right to play for their 2nd consecutive Cup.
Offered here is Hayward’s home jersey from that memorable season. The sleeves on this jersey have been shortened to Hayward’s specs. Sewn into the collar of this gamer is the born on date of 86-04. The game wear on this sweater is solid and despite the Canadiens best dry cleaning efforts, consists of stick and puck marks, a salted fight strap, pilling and a handful of team-sewn repairs. A beautiful black sharpie signature in Brian’s own hand resides alongside the back player number. A terrific offering from Hayward’s first season in Montreal.