This black air-knit gamer by CCM was worn by John Leclair during the 1999-00 NHL season. The Montreal Canadiens selected Leclair in the 2nd round of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. With better than 400 goals to his credit, Leclair clearly established himself as one of the best power forwards of the 1990’s. Leclair, who is a St. Albans Vermont native, began his career with the Montreal Canadiens in 1991-92. During his second season in the league, John’s timely playoff scoring helped lead the underdog Canadiens to a Stanley Cup Championship. John partook in 5 consecutive NHL All Star games spanning 1996-2000 and was 5-times either a 1st or 2nd team NHL All Star at Left Wing. After his trade to Philadelphia in 1994, Leclair formed a terrorizing duo that was deemed the Legion of Doom alongside Eric Lindros for much of the remainder of the 1990’s, as they wreaked havoc on opponents. He tabbed 50 goals in 3 consecutive seasons and followed them with a couple of 40-goal years before a back injury began taking its toll. Leclair represented Team USA in the 1996 World Cup of hockey, where he was voted a World Cup All Star, as well as in the Olympics. Also to his credit are 2 Bud Ice Plus/Minus awards.
This beautiful jersey was worn during Leclair’s last great season as he scored 40 goals for the final time. Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the alternate Captain’s “A”. Sewn to the right breast is the year 2000 NHL patch. The game wear on this size 56 sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, un-repaired burn holes, a well-salted fight strap and inner pilling. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Leclair wearing this exact jersey during the 1999-00 season. A terrific photo matched example from the last of Leclair’s 5 consecutive All Star seasons.