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1967-68 Kent Douglas & Bert Marshall Oakland Seals Game Worn Jersey - Inaugural Season - Photo Match
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1967-68 Kent Douglas & Bert Marshall Oakland Seals Game Worn Jersey - Inaugural Season - Photo Match
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This road white dureen gamer by General Athletic was worn by both Kent Douglas and Bert Marshall during the 1967-68 NHL season. Douglas made his NHL debut in 1962-63 with the Toronto Maple Leafs and won the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year during his first of five seasons with Toronto. The Oakland Seals claimed Douglas away from the Leafs in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft. As their inaugural season began, it was Douglas who scored the first goal in franchise history. On January 9, 1968 the Seals dealt Douglas to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Bert Marshall among others. Douglas finished his NHL career with Detroit and later suited up for the WHA’s New York Raiders. Douglas was a fierce competitor that finished top 10 in penalty minutes on four different occasions. Kent was a three-time NHL All Star and a Stanley Cup Champion with Toronto.

Bert Marshall made his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings in 1965-66. He finished runner up for the Calder Trophy and played in the Stanley Cup Finals as a rookie. Marshall spent parts of three seasons on the Red Wings defense before being dealt to the expansion Oakland Seals in 1967-68. He would play for the newly formed franchise for parts of 6 seasons and is the longest tenured player in franchise history. Marshall played briefly for the New York Rangers before being claimed by the New York Islanders where he spent the final 6 years of his 14-year NHL career. As an Islander, Marshall’s veteran presence helped guide the once fledgling expansion team into Stanley Cup contenders.

Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the alternate Captain’s “A”. Sewn into the hem of this gamer is the General Athletic tag. On December 8, 1967 the Seals officially changed their name from the California Seals to the Oakland Seals and with the name change they changed the Crests on each of their game jerseys from a C to an O. The game wear on this vintage sweater is solid and consists of stick marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes and runs, washed out bloodstains, trauma, nice exterior pilling, fine inner pilling and in excess of a dozen team-sewn repairs. Shown above are a couple of beautiful photo matches of Kent Douglas wearing this exact jersey during the early part of the 1967-68 season. Please take note of the anomaly on the player images above that shows both Douglas and Marshall without sleeve numbers on their jerseys! There has been no number removal on this sweater; it is presented exactly how the two wore this jersey during the Seals inaugural season! Marshall of course inherited this sweater from Douglas after the two were swapped for each other in January of 1968. This spectacular piece of hockey history hails from the inaugural season of the long defunct Seals franchise, the year that saw the NHL officially expand and leave the Original 6 Era behind. A wonderful battle scarred photo matched offering, complete with the coveted letter of honor and now more than 50-years removed from the ice, choice!