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1974-75 & 1975-76 Brad Park Rangers Game Worn Jersey - Photo Matched - Brad Park Letter
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1974-75 & 1975-76 Brad Park Rangers Game Worn Jersey - Photo Matched - Brad Park Letter
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This magnificent piece of hockey history entered our hobby directly from the personal collection of Brad Park. This was the last jersey he ever wore with the New York Rangers and the one given to him by the team. A letter signed by Mr. Park attesting to these facts will accompany your purchase.

This home white dureen tie-down gamer by Cosby was worn by Brad Park during the 1974-75 and 1975-76 NHL seasons. Park was the 2nd selection in the 1966 NHL entry draft. He began his illustrious career in 1968 with the New York Rangers, the team with whom he would spend his first 7+ NHL seasons. A blockbuster deal after only 13 games into the 1975-76 campaign saw Park along with Jean Ratelle move to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Phil Esposito and Carol Vadnais.

Brad would spend the next 8 seasons on the Bruins blueline before heading to Detroit for a final 2 years. Park’s career has the unique distinction of his teams having gone to the playoffs in all 17 seasons that he took the ice. Brad played in 9 consecutive NHL All Star games spanning 1970-1978. He was 5 times a 1st team NHL All Star and 2 times a 2nd team NHL All Star. He found himself as the runner up for the Norris Trophy a record 6 times, having had the misfortune of playing in the same era as Bobby Orr and Denis Potvin. Brad was the 1984 recipient of the Bill Masterton trophy for the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. He was a key figure in Team Canada’s stunning 1972 Summit Series victory against the Russians.

His leadership qualities were always apparent. He wore the Captain’s “C” with the Rangers in 1974-75 and 1975-76 leading up to his trade to Boston. He later provided a steady and calming influence for his Bruins teammates when deep playoff runs were the norm during the Don Cherry era and back to back to back playoff defeats at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens dynasty will forever sting. His 125 playoff points rank him among the elite all-time for defenseman. To his credit in the regular season are three 20-goal seasons and a career total of 213. Add to that his 683 assists and you’ve got a robust 896 career points, most being earned in a severely defensive oriented NHL. Brad Park and the Hockey Hall of Fame go hand in hand.

Offered here is the finest Brad Park jersey in the entire hobby, bar none. This jersey was first worn by Park during the 1974-75 NHL season. This was the year that Brad became the full time Captain of the Rangers. This gamer was then used until Park’s trade 13 games into the 1975-76 season. In preparation, the Captain’s “C” was moved over ever so slightly to allow room for the Rangers 50th anniversary patch. These patches were worn by the Rangers during the 1975-76 NHL season. Few New York Rangers gamers are known to have survived with the anniversary patch intact. Following the season, the team removed the patches from the jerseys so that the jerseys would be able to be reused. This rarity survived intact over the past 3 decades only because Park left the team via trade and was given this jersey to take with him.

Proudly sewn to the left breast of this tie-down gamer is the Captain’s “C”. Sewn alongside is the rare and revered New York Rangers 50th anniversary patch. Sewn in the collar are the Cosby and size tags. The original tie lace remains strung through the 6 eyelets just as it was some 30 odd years ago. The game wear is solid consisting of many stick marks that are littered across the body and sleeves of this gamer. In addition there are board burns and board paint transfer, inner pilling and a 3+ inch long team-sewn repair which extends diagonally downward from the 50th anniversary patch. Shown above is the icing on this wonderful cake, a photo match of Park wearing this exact jersey. The photo was taken during the 3rd game of the season against the Los Angeles Kings on October 12th 1975, less than a month before Park was traded away to Boston. Without question, this is one of the finest 1970’s jerseys to ever hit the hobby, simply awesome!