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1972-73 J.C. Tremblay WHA All Star Game Worn Jersey - Inaugural Season - League Leading 75-Assists - Career Best 89-Points - 1st Team WHA All Star - Dennis A. Murphy Trophy
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1972-73 J.C. Tremblay WHA All Star Game Worn Jersey - Inaugural Season - League Leading 75-Assists - Career Best 89-Points - 1st Team WHA All Star - Dennis A. Murphy Trophy
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1972-73 J.C. Tremblay WHA All Star Game Worn Jersey - Inaugural Season - League Leading 75-Assists - Career Best 89-Points - 1st Team WHA All Star - Dennis A. Murphy Trophy
Lot #41

This white mesh gamer by Cosby was worn by J.C. Tremblay during the 1972-73 WHA All Star Game at Le Colisee in Quebec City. J.C. Tremblay made his NHL debut in 1959-60 with the Montreal Canadiens who were in the midst of winning their record 5th consecutive Stanley Cup. J.C. spent 13 seasons on the Canadiens defense and won five Stanley Cups in the process. Tremblay was a 7-time NHL All Star, was twice a Norris Trophy finalist and also earned 1st and 2nd Team NHL All Star selections during his NHL career.

In 1972-73 Tremblay left the NHL to sign with the Quebec Nordiques in the WHA. He represented the Nordiques in all 7 WHA seasons and helped them to the Avco Cup Championship in 1977. Tremblay was twice awarded the Dennis A. Murphy Trophy as the WHA’s top defenseman. He played in 6 WHA All Star Games and was selected 1st Team WHA All Star three times and 2nd Team WHA All Star once. Tremblay led the WHA in assists twice and ranks 2nd on the WHA’s all-time assists list. J.C. is considered the greatest defenseman in WHA history. In a memorable poll done many years ago that ranked the WHA’s 50 greatest players, Tremblay ranked 4th on the prestigious list. In 2010, Tremblay was inducted as an inaugural member to the WHA Hall of Fame.

Tremblay was named to play for Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series but was replaced after he signed with the WHA. J.C. did get his chance to compete against the Russians a couple of seasons later in the 8-Game 1974 Summit Series that pitted the Soviet Union against Team Canada’s WHA. It was the only international competition that Tremblay competed in during his illustrious career. During the aftermath of the series, a Soviet coach offered a shocking declaration saying “J.C. Tremblay was the best defenseman they ever saw!” J.C. donated a kidney to his daughter in 1979 following his retirement, and 15 years later sadly succumbed to kidney cancer himself, passing away at the age of 55 in 1994.

Sewn into the collar of this gamer are the Cosby, wash and size tags. These stylish red, white and blue jerseys featured cross over collars with sewn on lettering and numbering as well as three sewn on stars that lie just beneath the front collar. Light but very obvious game wear exists on this vintage All Star Game sweater. Tremblay was simply magnificent during the WHA’s inaugural season. He played in 75 games and scored 14 goals while adding a league-leading 75 assists for a career best 89 points. For his efforts J.C. was chosen to play in the WHA’s inaugural All Star Game, was selected 1st Team WHA All Star and won the inaugural Dennis A. Murphy Trophy as the WHA’s top defenseman. The inaugural WHA All Star Game took place at Tremblay’s hometown rink, Le Colisee in Quebec City and J.C. and his East squad won the contest by the score of 6-2. Perhaps a handful of these inaugural season WHA All Star gamers have made it to Major Auction over the years with this example being just the second that we’ve had the pleasure to bring to the block. A beautiful example worn by this decorated Hall of Famer during the WHA’s inaugural season, choice!