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1968-69 Bill Speer & Bill Lecaine Pittsburgh Penguins Game Worn Jersey - 2nd Year Pittsburgh Penguins
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1968-69 Bill Speer & Bill Lecaine Pittsburgh Penguins Game Worn Jersey - 2nd Year Pittsburgh Penguins
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1968-69 Bill Speer & Bill Lecaine Pittsburgh Penguins Game Worn Jersey - 2nd Year Pittsburgh Penguins
Lot #2

This road white dureen gamer by General Athletic and All Star Sporting Goods was worn by Bill Speer and Bill Lecaine during the 1968-69 NHL season, the Pittsburgh Penguins second year of existence. Bill Speer began his professional career in the early 1960’s and became an AHL regular, representing the Springfield Indians, Cleveland Barons, Buffalo Bisons and Baltimore Clippers before making his NHL debut in 1967-68 with the expansion Pittsburgh Penguins. Following two seasons with Pittsburgh, Speer spent parts of two years on the Bobby Orr led Boston Bruins blueline. Speer’s first season with the Bruins saw them capture the 1970 Stanley Cup, the only Stanley Cup Championship of Speer’s career. In 1972 the WHA came calling and Bill spent the last two seasons of his career playing for the New York Raiders, New York Golden Blades and Jersey Knights before announcing his retirement. Bill Lecaine played a mere 4 games for the Penguins in 1968-69 and therefore wore this sweater for a very brief time prior to it being worn for the remainder of the season by Bill Speer.

Sewn into the hem of this gamer is the General Athletic tag. Sewn into the collar is the All Star Sporting Goods and size tagging. Sewn to the chest is the stunning all original circle crest. The game wear on this size 48 sweater consists of stick marks, board burns, material pulls, stitch pops, inner pilling and a couple of handfuls of team-sewn repairs. A number change is evident from Speer’s 17 to the number 2 with the Penguins removing but not replacing the sleeve numbers. Shown above for reference is a photo of Hall of Famer Leo Boivin without sleeve numbers, Leo incidentally wore the player number 2. Following Speer’s use, this jersey was likely used as a backup and or for a future training camp. It is indeed a rare occurrence when a second year Penguins gamer comes up for public auction, with only one other having seen the light of day this past decade. A unique opportunity for vintage and Penguins’ collectors alike to acquire an exceedingly difficult style with nice game use, choice!