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1971-72 Barclay Plager St. Louis Blues Game Worn Jersey - 1st Full-Time Captainís Jersey - Career Best 176 PIMS
Lot #7

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1971-72 Barclay Plager St. Louis Blues Game Worn Jersey - 1st Full-Time Captainís Jersey - Career Best 176 PIMS
Lot #7

This Barclay Plager game worn jersey is completely fresh to the hobby, having just been sourced from a St. Louis area family who has owned it since the days of yesteryear.

This road blue dureen gamer by Rawlings and Geisler-Jorgen Sporting Goods was worn by Barclay Plager during the 1971-72 NHL season. Following a lengthy minor league career, Barclay joined the St. Louis Blues in 1967-68 as the NHL expanded from their Original 6 to 12 teams. Plager became an instant star in St. Louis and helped lead the club to the Stanley Cup Finals in each of their first three seasons, 1968, 1969 and 1970! Despite playing in only 49 games in the Blues inaugural season, Plager led the entire NHL in PIMS with 153! This tough defenseman played in 614 games over the course of his career, accumulating 1115 PIMS and breaking his nose 15 times in the process! Come playoff time, Plager amassed 182 PIMS in 68 games played! Before leaving for Montreal, Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman coached Plager for a number of years in St. Louis and considered him one of the game’s premier physical players. He is famously quoted as saying “As far as I was concerned, nobody hit any harder than Barclay for his size and strength”.

Plager had the privilege to play alongside his brothers Bill and Bob in St. Louis and the Blues were commonly referred to as “Plager’s team”. Barclay was the team’s leader and began serving as part time Captain in 1970-71 before being named the team’s full-time Captain in 1972, a role he exclusively held for 4 more years. Plager remains the longest serving Captain in franchise history next to Brian Sutter. Plager played in 4 NHL All Star Games and is considered one of the all-time greats in St. Louis. Sadly, Barclay passed away in February 1988. Following his death, the Blues paid homage to their legend by wearing his “8” on their game jerseys over the course of a couple of seasons. St. Louis also honored their fallen hero by retiring his player number 8 to the rafters never to be worn again in St. Louis.

Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the Captain’s “C”. Removed from beneath is the alternate Captain’s “A”. Barclay was named the Blues full-time Captain during the 1971-72 season after sharing the duties with a few teammates beginning in 1970-71. Therefore, this is Barclay’s first full-time Captain’s gamer! The Rawlings size tag combo, the Geisler Jorgen Sporting Goods tag and the wash instuction tagging all remain sewn into the custom hem. The game wear on this size 48 sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, plenty of board burns, board paint transfer, inner pilling and a couple of handfuls of team-sewn repairs. Fight abuse is also evident, as the fight strap has been fortified with additional stitching just beneath the back player number. The back player number has seen its stitching separate at the bottom from tugging and abuse. The 1971-72 season saw Barclay ring up a career best 176 PIMS. Prior to receiving the call on this one, we’d never handled or even heard of one of Barclay’s Captain’s jerseys! This phenomenal fresh to the hobby offering shows terrific game use and was worn by this 4-time NHL All Star the season he became the Blues full-time Captain, choice!