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1974-75 Gary “Suitcase” Smith NHL All Star Game Worn Jersey
Lot #49

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1974-75 Gary “Suitcase” Smith NHL All Star Game Worn Jersey
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1974-75 Gary “Suitcase” Smith NHL All Star Game Worn Jersey
Lot #49

This game worn NHL All Star jersey entered the hobby directly from the personal collection of Gary “Suitcase” Smith going on 20 years ago.

This orange dureen gamer by Cosby was worn by Gary “Suitcase” Smith during the 1975 NHL All Star Game at the Forum in Montreal. This well traveled and admired goalie began his NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1965-66. He played for the last Leafs Stanley Cup winning team in 1966-67 before heading to the Oakland Seals as the NHL expanded to 12 teams in 1967. Smith spent 4 years with the Seals before playing for the Chicago Blackhawks for a couple of seasons where he captured the 1972 Vezina Trophy. Suitcase next played for the Vancouver Canucks for 3 seasons and represented the team in the 1975 NHL All Star Game, the Minnesota North Stars for parts or two more and finally the Washington Capitals. Gary then went to the WHA where he played for the Indianapolis Racers and Winnipeg Jets. In the WHA’s last season, Smith won the Avco Cup Championship with Winnipeg. When the league folded, Smith transferred with the Jets to the NHL where he played one final season. Smith twice led the NHL in games played, tallying 71 in 1970-71 with California and 72 in 1974-75 with Vancouver, his only All Star season.

Sewn into the collar of this Campbell Conference gamer is the Cosby tag. The game wear on this sweater is light but obvious with stick and puck marks and pilling. Shown above are some screen captures of Smith wearing this exact jersey during the 1975 NHL All Star Game. On the inside player number is a black sharpie autograph and inscription in Smith’s own hand that reads “I wore this jersey in 1975 All Star Game”. Suitcase shared the goaltending duties for the Campbell Conference with Hall of Famer Bernie Parent that night at the Forum in Montreal.