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1972-73 Finals Ken Dryden Candiens Game Worn Jersey - Photo Matched - Video Matched
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1972-73 Finals Ken Dryden Candiens Game Worn Jersey - Photo Matched - Video Matched
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This home white dureen gamer by Wilson was worn by Ken Dryden during the 1972-73 NHL season and thru the playoffs including the victorious Stanley Cup Finals. 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 in another amazing 7-game series. So incredible was Ken’s performance that he was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP as a rookie.

Dryden was handed the starting reigns for the 1971-72 regular season and he performed brilliantly, starting 64 games and winning the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year. That off season Dryden backstopped Team Canada to victory against the Soviets in the 1972 Summitt Series.

Dryden’s first of 5 Vezina winning seasons occurred while wearing this very jersey during the 1972-73 NHL season. Ken won 33 games against only 7 losses and 13 ties while posting 6 shutouts and a miniscule 2.26 GAA, earning him his first of many 1st Team NHL All Star selections. He kept the team on his back for the hard fought 1973 playoff run, which included a grueling Semi-Final series against the “Broad Street Bullies” followed by a tough 6 game Stanley Cup Finals series against Tony Esposito and his Chicago Black Hawks. When all was said and done, the Canadiens and Dryden were once again Stanley Cup Champs.

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 would go onto dynasty status, winning the Stanley Cup 4 consecutive times. Following this remarkable feat, Dryden would again retire, going out on top as a Stanley Cup champion. 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 selection, 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 use on this spectacular home white dureen tie-down is just perfect. Stick and puck marks abound and lest we not mention the incredible amount of pilling found throughout the entire inside of this oversized historic gamer. The strong slash mark found dead center on the chest, inside the team logo, is easily matched to both photos and video. Shown above are photo matches of Ken wearing this exact jersey; first during the congratulatory handshake after defeating the Flyers in the 1973 Semi Finals and next while making a diving save against the Black Hawks during the 1973 Stanley Cup Finals. The Cup Finals photo is also featured on Dryden’s page in the publication ‘The Hockey News Top 50 players of all-time’. Also shown above is a video clip of rare footage showing Ken wearing this exact jersey against the Black Hawks during the 1973 Stanley Cup Finals.

To say that Dryden gamers have been elusive in the hobby would be an 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, team tendencies from the 1970’s when 1 or 2 sets per year were the norm, and the fact that Dryden tended goal and was less likely to need a change of jersey, 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 made 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 this rare and historic Stanley Cup winning gamer donned by Hall of Famer Ken Dryden.