This road green air-knit gamer by CCM was worn by Basil McRae during the 1987-88 NHL season. The Quebec Nordiques selected McRae in the 5th round of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. McRae began his NHL career with the Quebec Nordiques in 1981-82. After playing for two years with the Nords, McRae joined the Maple Leafs where he spent his next two seasons. Basil next spent parts of two years with the Red Wings in the mid 1980’s before rejoining Quebec for a 33 game stint in 1986-87. In 1987-88 McRae joined the Minnesota North Stars for what would be a 5-year stint. A partial season followed with the expansion Tampa Bay franchise before a mid season deal took Basil to St. Louis. McRae spent parts of the next 4 years with the Blues before putting the wraps on his career with the Chicago Blackhawks.
All told McRae spent 15 years running roughshot over the NHL. Despite appearing in only 576 games during that span, McRae amassed 2453 PIMS, one of the all-time greatest per game averages the NHL has ever seen. His single season best came in 1987-88 with the North Stars when he rang up 378 PIMS. He followed that up the next two seasons with 365 PIMS and 351 PIMS, wow! Pop in any great NHL fight tape from Basil’s era and you’re sure to witness plenty of footage featuring this legendary pugilist.
Offered here is McRae’s road sweater from his career best 378 PIM fight-filled season. Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the alternate Captain’s “A”. The game wear on this sweater is solid and consists of stick marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, heavy inner pilling and nearly two-dozen team-sewn repairs. Terrific fight abuse is readily evident and consists of large amounts of washed out bloodstaining, a stretched out collar with many stitch pops and a well-tarnished fight strap. For your enjoyment, shown above are some video highlights of McRae letting fly while wearing his road green jersey circa the late 1980’s. A classic heavyweight enforcer jersey that was worn by Basil during his first year in Minnesota and one that saw him set a single season career mark with 378 PIMS, choice!