This incredible offering comes directly from the Oshawa Generals. A signed and dated Oshawa Generals team letter will accompany your purchase stating that this jersey was worn by John Tavares during the 1st half of the 2005-06 Ontario Hockey League regular season. Furthermore, the Oshawa Generals team President has initialed and dated the fight strap.
This home white knit gamer by CCM was worn by John Tavares during the first half of the 2005-06 OHL season. It took an “exceptional” designation for Tavares, who is hockey’s reining phenom, to be granted draft eligible status at the age of 14. This was the first time that such an exception was ever granted. The Oshawa Generals benefited from the ruling and selected John with the first overall pick in 2005 at the tender age of 14. Tavares then began his professional career wearing this very jersey while representing the Generals. Tavares would score a remarkable 45 goals and 77 points as a 15-year old rookie in 2005-06. He was named OHL and CHL rookie of the year.
What Tavares accomplished this year during his 2nd season made news across the entire hockey world. This season, as a 16-year old, Tavares broke Wayne Gretzky’s record for goals in a season. In 1977-78, The Great One, at 17 years of age, scored an incredible 70 goals, a mark which stood without challenge for 30 years. This season Tavares made the record his own, lighting the lamp a resounding 72 times at the age of 16!
Sewn to the right breast of this gamer is the 2006 World Junior Championship patch. Sewn above this is the OHL patch. Sewn to the left breast and back collar is the CCM logo. The Oshawa Generals team logo is sewn to the chest. Tavares’ surname is sewn to the back while his player number 91 is sewn to the back and both sleeves. The fight strap is initialed and dated by the Oshawa Generals team President. The game wear on this size 56 sweater is superb. Worn during the first half of the 2005-06 campaign, Tavares took plenty of abuse from a league full of jealous elders. There are hundreds of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, inner pilling, un-repaired burn holes and more than a half dozen team-sewn repairs.
Shown above are a couple of great photo matches of Tavares wearing this exact jersey during his rookie OHL season. On the front lower left hem of this jersey now resides a rectangular patch of repair work, covering what was a missing chunk of jersey material as seen in the photos above. The World Junior patch was added by the Generals to their game jerseys after these photos were taken. Numerous other marks on this sweater line up perfectly with the photo’s that are shown above, which more than seal the deal on this historic game worn jersey. What we all wouldn’t give to own Gretzky’s rookie jersey right about now. Here is your chance to own John Tavares’ rookie Oshawa Generals home game worn jersey. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!