This blue mesh gamer was worn by goalie Mikhail Shtalenkov during the early 1990’s while playing for Moscow Dynamo. After spending 6 years with Moscow Dynamo that included USSR rookie of the year honors in 1986, Mikhail came to North America and began his professional career. After winning the Garry Longman Memorial Trophy as the IHL’s best rookie in 1992-93, he joined the expansion Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 1993-94 and tended goal for them for the next 5 seasons. He next spent a partial year in Edmonton that was followed by a year plus in Phoenix and a partial season with the Florida Panthers. On the international scene, Shtalenkov represented his native Russia in the 1991 Canada Cup, the 1990 Super Series, a handful of World Championships and two Olympics. During the 1992 Winter Games, Russia won a Gold Medal thanks to Shtalenkov’s outstanding 7 wins in 8 games including a shutout and a 1.64 GAA. The 1998 Winter Games saw Shtalenkov win a Silver Medal as he won 4 of his 5 games and posted another miniscule 1.65 GAA.
The game wear on this sweater consists of stick and puck marks, goal post paint transfer, abrasions and pilling. A nice offering from Shtalenkov’s pre-NHL days.