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1974-75 Craig Patrick St. Louis Blues Game Worn Jersey - Miracle on Ice Alum
Lot #34

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1974-75 Craig Patrick St. Louis Blues Game Worn Jersey - Miracle on Ice Alum
Lot #34

This home white dureen gamer by Rawlings was worn by Craig Patrick during the 1974-75 NHL season. This Detroit, MI native played his college hockey at the University of Denver and led his team to back-to-back National Championships in 1968 and 1969. Craig starred on the U.S. National Team in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s before beginning his professional career in 1971 in the AHL. Patrick made his NHL debut with the California Golden Seals in 1971-72 and spent parts of 4 seasons with the club before a trade sent him to St. Louis in November 1974. Patrick next spent the 1975-76 season with the KC Scouts and then dipped his toe in the WHA, playing part of the 1976-77 season with the Minnesota Fighting Saints before returning to the NHL where he finished up his career after 3 seasons with the Washington Capitals in 1978-79.

With his playing days behind him, following the 1978-79 season, Herb Brooks offered Craig Patrick a job as assistant coach and GM of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. Patrick accepted and took the amazing ride alongside Brooks and the team that celebrated the 1980 Miracle on Ice and the Olympic Gold Medal. Brooks and Patrick again teamed up to win the Silver Medal in the 2002 Olympics. Of course Patrick went on to a legendary career as an NHL executive, guiding the Pittsburgh Penguins to back-to-back Stanley Cup titles in the early 1990’s. He was the architect that built the Penguins into the powerhouse they were, drafting Jaromir Jagr and executing trades for Ron Francis, Ulf Samuelsson and Joe Mullen among others. Patrick also had a big hand in building the modern era Penguins by drafting Crosby, Malkin and Fleury.

The Patrick family is considered hockey royalty and dates back to Craig’s grandfather, Lester Patrick. Craig followed in the footsteps of the generations that preceded him and was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.

Sewn into the collar of this gamer is the Rawlings manufacturers tag. Sewn alongside is a chain stitched “27”. The game wear on this size 48 sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, fine pilling both inside and out along with a half dozen team-sewn repairs on the body and sleeves of this gamer. In addition, there is another handful of team-sewn repairs around the outline of the nameplate, which has been lost to history. Based on the solid game use, we believe it’s entirely possible that Ted Irvine could have also worn this jersey after Patrick’s departure from St. Louis. A terrific vintage offering that features nice game use and was worn by Hall of Famer and Miracle on Ice Asst. Coach and GM Craig Patrick!