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1971-72 Ken Dryden Montreal Canadiens Game Worn Jersey - Rookie - Calder Trophy-Rookie of the Year - Photo Match
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1971-72 Ken Dryden Montreal Canadiens Game Worn Jersey - Rookie - Calder Trophy-Rookie of the Year - Photo Match
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This home white dureen gamer by Wilson was worn by Ken Dryden during the 1971-72 NHL season, his rookie year. Dryden, one of the brightest men to ever lace up the skates, attended college at Cornell University and was a 3-year starter in goal during ECAC action. Remarkably, he posted a college record of 76 Wins against only 4 losses and a single tie over 3 seasons!

Ken would get his first chance in the pro ranks late in the 1970-71 season when the Canadiens gave him a call up. He would play in 6 games, winning all 6 in impressive fashion. So impressed was coach MacNeil that he handed the starting role to Ken for the playoffs and Dryden never looked back. He singlehandedly kept the Habs alive with great goaltending against the Big Bad Bruins in a fierce opening round 7 game series. Next the Habs went onto defeat the North Stars in the Semi’s and do the same to the Black Hawks in the Finals with another amazing 7-game series. So incredible was Ken’s performance, that he was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Dryden was then handed the starting reigns for the 1971-72 regular season and he performed brilliantly, starting 64 games and posting 39 Wins, 8 by way of shutout, against only 8 losses and 15 ties while posting a miniscule 2.24 GAA, while wearing this very jersey on home ice at the Montreal Forum. In recognition of his outstanding performance that season, Dryden was awarded the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year as well as being named 2nd team NHL All Star.

During that off-season, Dryden went on to backstop Team Canada to victory against the Soviets in the 1972 Summit Series, further cementing his legend. Dryden’s first of 5 Vezina winning seasons occurred the following year during the 1972-73 NHL season as he led the Canadiens to another Stanley Cup.

Following the amazing Stanley Cup run; now with 2 Cup titles in tow, a Conn Smythe Trophy and the Calder Trophy already on the mantel, Dryden announced his retirement at the age of 26 after not being able to come to terms with the Canadiens over salary. He took a low paying job in a Toronto based law firm and stayed there a year until the Canadiens management came to their senses and negotiated him out of retirement.

Kenny would return for the 1974-75 season, and despite the rust he would win another 30 games. It was in 1975-76 that the Canadiens machine was back in full gear as they began the trek onto dynasty status, winning the Stanley Cup 4 consecutive times from 1976-79. Following this remarkable feat, Dryden would again retire, this time for good, going out on top as a Stanley Cup champion. Not surprisingly, with Kenny’s retirement so fell the Canadiens dynasty.

All told, Dryden won 6 Stanley Cups in his 8 years of service for Montreal. Also on the mantel are 5 Vezina Trophies as leagues best goaltender, (5) 1st Team and (1) 2nd Team NHL All Star selections, the aforementioned Calder and Conn Smythe Trophies and 5 NHL All Star game appearances. When discussing the great goalies in the history of the game, no conversation can be had without mention of this Hall of Fame legend.

The game wear on this spectacular home white dureen is simply amazing. Stick, slash and puck marks are prominent throughout, in addition, there are multiple areas of goal post and crossbar paint transfer, stitch pops, fine pilling and a couple of handfuls of team-sewn repairs! The strong series of slash marks found surrounding hockey’s most famous logo is easily photo matched. Shown above are a number of those beautiful photo matches of Dryden wearing this exact jersey on home ice at the Montreal Forum during his 1971-72 Rookie of the Year season! Furthermore, a search through Getty Images yielded many additional photo matches! It’s pretty remarkable just to be able to photo match an item of this vintage. Being able to tie it to an exact date only takes things to another level! In the photo matched image shown against the North Stars above, take notice of the Grand Prix Wrestling advertisement that is hanging in the stands at the Montreal Forum with the date of Dec 15th. The Canadiens hosted Minnesota on December 11th, 1971, one of Dryden's 39 victories that season.

To say that Dryden gamers have been elusive in the hobby would be a severe understatement. With only 7 full seasons of play on his entire resume, there wouldn’t be all that many gamers produced for Kenny to begin with. Further factoring in the era and team tendencies from the 1970’s, when a lone set of sweaters wasn’t abnormal, it is really no surprise why so few of Kenny’s gamers have surfaced in our hobby. Next to only Bobby Orr, there is no man who left a bigger mark on the game in the decade of the 1970’s than did Ken Dryden. It is with immense pleasure that we bring to auction, for the first time ever, this rare and historic, well-worn, photo matched Calder Trophy-Rookie of the Year gamer of Hall of Fame legend Ken Dryden, choice!