This red air-knit gamer by Koho was worn by Michael Leighton during the 2003-04 NHL season. The Chicago Blackhawks selected Leighton in the 6th round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. After spending 3 years in the OHL, Leighton joined the Blackhawks organization and suited up for Norfolk, their AHL affiliate, beginning in 2001-02. His strong effort that season saw him backstop the team in 52 games while posting a 27-16-8 record with a 2.14 GAA and a .920 save percentage. That stellar effort earned him a spot on the AHL’s All-Rookie Team and he made his NHL debut with Chicago the following season. Michael spent parts of two seasons with the Blackhawks, playing in 35 games while wearing the Chief Indian Head during the 2003-04 season. In 2006-07 Leighton played with both the Nashville Predators and the Philadelphia Flyers. Beginning in 2007-08 Leighton joined the Carolina Hurricanes and played with them for parts of 3 seasons before a deal during the 2009-10 campaign sent him back to the Flyers. Leighton dazzled the fans of Philadelphia and led the team all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals where he eventually fell to his old team the Chicago Blackhawks in that season’s Final round.
The game wear on this size 58 goalie cut sweater consists of stick and puck marks, goal post and crossbar paint transfer, areas of pilling and 4 team-sewn repairs. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Leighton wearing this exact jersey during the 2003-04 NHL season. Sewn to the inside hem is the official Chicago Blackhawks game worn jersey and set tagging. A fantastic looking photo matched sweater from Leighton’s last year between the pipes for the Hawks. This jersey will be accompanied by a Blackhawks team letter.