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1972-73 Frank Mahovlich Montreal Canadiens Game Worn Jersey - Stanley Cup Season - Possible Stanley Cup Winning Jersey - Photo Match
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1972-73 Frank Mahovlich Montreal Canadiens Game Worn Jersey - Stanley Cup Season - Possible Stanley Cup Winning Jersey - Photo Match
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This road red dureen gamer by Wilson was worn by Frank Mahovlich during the 1972-73 Stanley Cup winning season. The Big M began his NHL career in 1956-57 with the Maple Leafs. He would skate for the Leafs over the course of 12 different seasons, during which time he would capture 4 Stanley Cups, including 3 straight spanning 1962-64. The last of those Cups came in 1967, which also happens to be the last time the Leafs hoisted Lord Stanley’s ultimate prize. During the following season the Leafs dealt Mahovlich to the Red Wings in a blockbuster trade. Frank would spend parts of 4 seasons in Detroit before a trade sent him to the Canadiens. Mahovlich captured two more Cups in Montreal during his 3½-year stay. Frank spent the final 4 years of his playing career in the WHA, playing two years in Toronto with the Toros and moving with the franchise to Birmingham where he played his final 2 WHA seasons.

Mahovlich was one of the finest players of his generation locking down (9) 1st or 2nd Team NHL All Star selections. Frank won the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year in 1958. The Big M was a force throughout his entire career as evidenced by his 48 goals in 70 contests during the 1960-61 season in Toronto; his 49 goals in 76 games during the 1968-69 season with Detroit; and his career high 96 points on the strength of 43 goals in 1971-72 with the Canadiens. In 1181 career games, Mahovlich netted 533 goals and 1103 points. He was the 5th player in NHL history to reach the coveted 500-goal plateau and likely would have made it to 600 had he not spent 4 seasons in the WHA where he lit the lamp 89 more times. On the international stage, Mahovlich played a key role in the revered 8-game 1972 Summit Series as well as the 1974 WHA 8-game clash against the Soviet Union.

The game wear on this vintage sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired holes, inner pilling and a handful of team-sewn repairs. The original white and blue garter style fight strap remains affixed to the lower verso with red stitching while the Alternate Captain’s “A” was removed from the left breast. Also worthy of mention is the removal of an autograph from the rear player number. Shown above are some beautiful photo matches of Mahovlich wearing this exact jersey during the 1972-73 season. Also shown above are some images of Mahovlich celebrating the 1973 Stanley Cup on May 10, 1973 in Chicago. While the Stanley Cup images aren’t crisp enough to yield a conclusive photo match, the jersey is a perfect style match and based on the one jersey per season edict of the era, we consider it extremely likely that the Big M was wearing this exact jersey when he won his last Stanley Cup in the spring of 1973!

The 1972-73 season was a memorable one for The Big M and his Canadiens. Frank scored his 500th goal and 1000th point during what was one of the finest seasons of his career. Mahovlich tallied 93 points in 78 regular season games. He then added 9 goals and 23 points in 17 playoff games as he captured his 2nd Stanley Cup in a three-year span with Montreal. Veteran collectors know how difficult it has been to obtain a Frank Mahovlich game worn jersey. Considered one of the sports all-time greats, Mahovlich gamers have always been in high demand and extremely scarce supply. This spectacular well-worn photo matched offering hails from the year that saw the Big M achieve his 500th goal, 1000th point and his 6th and final Stanley Cup Championship, choice!