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1974-75 Gord Labossiere Houston Aeros Game Worn Jersey - Gord Labossiere Letter
Lot #45

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1974-75 Gord Labossiere Houston Aeros Game Worn Jersey - Gord Labossiere Letter
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1974-75 Gord Labossiere Houston Aeros Game Worn Jersey - Gord Labossiere Letter
Lot #45

This beautiful jersey entered our hobby directly from the personal collection of Gord Labossiere who preserved it since leaving the ice with it in 1975. In a letter of provenance which will accompany your purchase signed by Mr. Labossiere, he states this to be his 1974-75 Houston Aeros WHA gamer which he wore during the season his team captured their second straight Avco World Trophy.

The Aeros were an original WHA franchise, which were actually relocated to Houston before ever playing a game. They were originally granted ownership to represent Dayton, Ohio but failed to secure a stadium for their team. The Houston Aeros began play at the Sam Houston Coliseum and were a respectable club in the standings that lacked any real star power in the teams 1st season. That would soon change as Gordie, Mark and Marty Howe would join the squad to begin season 2. The new additions would vault the Aeros to league supremecy and they would capture back to back Avco World titles in 1974 and 1975.

In 1975-76 the Aeros changed venues to the new Summit arena and again were a dominant regular season club. Their bid for a 3-peat was foiled at the hands of the Bobby Hull led Winnipeg Jets in the final round of the Avco World Finals. Again dominant during the 1976-77 regular season, the Aeros would suffer the same fate as the season prior, falling again to the Winnipeg franchise in the semi-final round. The 3 Howe’s left Houston for New England for the 1977-78 season and the franchise was never the same, failing in its bid to become members of the WHA NHL expansion and closing shop prior to the 1978-79 season.

This home white dureen gamer by Rawlings was worn by Gord Labossiere during the 1974-75 WHA season. Following 6 NHL seasons, Labossiere joined the WHA and would become the the Houston Aeros scoring leader in their inaugural WHA season with 36 goals and 60 assists for 96 points. This was good for 7th in league scoring and a spot on the WHA All Star team. Gord would play an integral role in the squad’s highly successful next 3 seasons that saw them win 2 World titles and lose in the finals in a bid for their 3rd straight in 1976, which would also be the final game of Labossiere’s career.  Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the alternate Captain’s “A”. The game use consists of stick marks, board burns, board paint transfer, inner pilling and a team-sewn repair to the rear hem. Based on the provenance of this jersey we would surmise this to be Labossiere’s Avco World Finals gamer from 1975, which he took home with him following their championship win. Impeccably preserved with still bright white and blue colors, this all original example is one of the finest Houston Aeros gamers known in the hobby.