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1972-73 Bill Klatt WHA Minnesota Fighting Saints Game Worn Jersey - Inaugural Season - Photo Match - The Twin Cities WHA Find
Lot #16

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1972-73 Bill Klatt WHA Minnesota Fighting Saints Game Worn Jersey - Inaugural Season - Photo Match - The Twin Cities WHA Find
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1972-73 Bill Klatt WHA Minnesota Fighting Saints Game Worn Jersey - Inaugural Season - Photo Match - The Twin Cities WHA Find
Lot #16

This fresh to the hobby example is part of an exciting find of newly discovered WHA jerseys that were recently sourced from the Twin Cities. This collection is being offered to the hobby for the first time via the Fall 2019 Auction, exclusively at GAMEWORNAUCTIONS.NET.

This road blue dureen gamer by General Athletic and Steichens was worn by Bill Klatt during the 1972-73 WHA season, the Minnesota Fighting Saints inaugural year. This native of Minneapolis played his college hockey with the Minnesota Golden Gophers and led the WCHA in scoring in 1967-68 as a junior and also set the NCAA record for fastest goal, scoring five seconds into a game against Michigan the same season. After college, Klatt spent four years with the CHL’s Oklahoma City Blazers before making his WHA debut in 1972 with the Fighting Saints. Bill played a total of two seasons in the WHA and was an original member of the Fighting Saints. Bill later went on to represent Team USA in the 1976 World Championships. This popular Minnesota native passed away in 2011.

Sewn into the collar of this gamer is the Steichens and size tag. Sewn into the hem is The General tag. The game wear on this size 48 sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, stitch pops, fine inner pilling and a couple of team-sewn repairs. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Klatt wearing this exact jersey during the 1972-73 season. Klatt finished the inaugural WHA campaign as Minnesota’s second leading goal scorer with 36 and as the Fighting Saints third leading overall scorer with 58 points. This wonderful photo matched example hails from the WHA’s inaugural season and has sat unbeknownst to us all since leaving the ice some 47 years ago. This fresh to the hobby offering is one of six recently discovered WHA game worn jerseys that are part of the exciting Twin Cities WHA Collection, choice!