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1973-74 Craig Reichmuth WHA New York Golden Blades Game Worn Jersey
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1973-74 Craig Reichmuth WHA New York Golden Blades Game Worn Jersey
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1973-74 Craig Reichmuth WHA New York Golden Blades Game Worn Jersey
Lot #12

This road purple dureen gamer by Cosby was worn by Craig Reichmuth during the 1973-74 WHA season. This Manitoba born winger played a year of junior hockey with the Flin Flon Bombers before embarking on a decade long professional career. Craig traveled around the AHL, CHL and WHL before joining the upstart World Hockey Association for their inaugural season of 1972-73. Reichmuth spent his first two WHA seasons representing the New York Raiders, New York Golden Blades and the Jersey Knights. When the franchise relocated from New Jersey to San Diego, Reichmuth took the cross-country trip and played part of the 1974-75 season with the San Diego Mariners before joining the Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades franchise, his final WHA stop. Before Craig hung up the skates, he represented the NAHL’s Syracuse Blazers, Erie Blades and Johnstown Jets. Sadly, Craig passed away in 2012.

Reichmuth was an original member of the WHA’s New York franchise who began his WHA career at inception with the New York Raiders. During that inaugural WHA season, amidst ownership default and assumption by the league, this winger provided steady play, veteran leadership and plenty of PIMS. The following season was another tumultuous one for the team and its players as well. They had been rebranded the New York Golden Blades and were under new ownership while still playing in the high rent district at Madison Square Garden. Ownership again defaulted and the league again assumed stewardship, this time just 24 games into the season. At that point the New York Golden Blades became a footnote in history as the franchise was relocated to Cherry Hill, NJ and were rebranded the New Jersey Knights.

When the franchise left New York and became the Knights, all of the team’s jerseys that remained in the locker room were sold to Verona Sports in NJ. The player names were removed from the backs and the Cosby tags were taken from the collars; replaced with a Verona Sports tag. This example followed that path.

Sewn into the collar of this gamer is the Verona Sports tag. The original numbers remain sewn to the back and sleeves while the striking three-color tackle twill crest is sewn to the chest and is completely original to the jersey. The game wear on this sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, fine inner pilling and loads of team-sewn repair work, no less than 20 all told. Removed from the upper verso and lost to history is the player name Reichmuth, the light outline of which still remains. The New York Golden Blades existed for just 24 games at the outset of the 1973-74 WHA season and were the last WHA team to represent New York, doing so at the outset of the WHA’s 2nd season of play. A beautiful well-worn example from the highly coveted set of New York Golden Blades gamers, choice!