This road green and gold dureen jersey by Wilson is an early 1970’s saleman’s sample. Meloche began his NHL career with the Chicago Black Hawks in 1970-71. The crowded goaltending situation, led by Tony Esposito in the Windy City, provided Meloche with little playing time, which is why he welcomed the move to the Golden Seals for the start of the 1971-72 season. Gilles became the man between the pipes for the California franchise that would later relocate to Cleveland. In fact, he would spend the next 7 years playing the lions share of the Seals and Barons games in goal. When the Barons folded following the 1977-78 season, Meloche joined the Minnesota North Stars. Gilles spent the next 7 seasons in goal for Minnesota. During that time he helped lead his team to the 1981 Stanley Cup Finals and played in 2 NHL All Star games. Meloche’s last stop was to the Steel City where he represented the Penguins for 3 seasons before announcing his retirement.
Sewn into the collar of this jersey is the Wilson’s manufacturer’s tag. This vintage dureen features sewn on numbers and sewn on lettering that makes up the Seals crest. With its still vibrant green and gold, this 40-year old salesman’s sample will surely add color to any collection.