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1970-71 Charlie Hodge Canucks Game Worn Jersey - 1st Year Canucks
Lot #6

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1970-71 Charlie Hodge Canucks Game Worn Jersey - 1st Year Canucks
Lot #6

This road blue dureen gamer by General Athletic was worn by goaltender Charlie Hodge during the 1970-71 NHL season, the inaugural year of the Vancouver Canucks. Hodge began his career with the Montreal Canadiens during the 1954-55 season and remained with the storied franchise through the 1966-67 season. Charlie captured two Vezina Trophies as the NHL’s top netminder during the mid-1960’s, as he helped the Canadiens return to their Stanley Cup dominance of the late 1950’s.

When the NHL’s ‘Original 6’ expanded to 12, the Canadiens were forced to leave a goalie unprotected. Their choice was between Charlie the veteran and a baby-faced Rogie Vachon. Charlie was the choice and he was promptly selected by the Oakland Seals, the team for which he would tend goal for the next three seasons. Hodge’s final season came in 1970-71 when the NHL expanded once more. Hodge was selected by the Vancouver Canucks where he provided a veteran presence while posting surprisingly solid stats in front of an expansion roster. Charlie posted 15 Wins against 13 Losses and 5 Ties in what would be this goalies final season.

This spectacular 1st year example shows typical goalie usage that includes stick and puck marks, inner pilling in all of the proper places as well as exterior pilling from Charlie’s goalie gloves at the wrist and extending into the sleeve areas. The general Athletic tag remains sewn perfectly into the hem of this jersey. This sweater measures out to a size 46 which is consistent with Hodge’s 5’6” 150lb. frame.

This stunning inaugural season Canucks gamer comes to us with the following provenance: it has sat in a private collection for the past 20 years. Said collector acquired this sweater back in 1991 at a card show in Ontario from a dealer who had traveled there from Montreal. Said Montreal dealer represented to the collector that he had obtained this jersey directly from Charlie back in the 1980’s. It is a well-known fact in the hobby that Charlie, who incidentally is a native of Montreal, has sold many items from his collection through the years lending further credence to this important offering. Here is your opportunity to acquire an undisputed 1st year Canucks gamer, which is fresh to market and was worn by a two-time Vezina Trophy winning goaltender, awesome!