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1974-75 Paul Henderson WHA Toronto Toros Game Worn Jersey - All Star Season
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1974-75 Paul Henderson WHA Toronto Toros Game Worn Jersey - All Star Season
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1974-75 Paul Henderson WHA Toronto Toros Game Worn Jersey - All Star Season
Lot #26

This home white dureen gamer by Maska was worn by Paul Henderson during the 1974-75 WHA season. Henderson made the jump directly from juniors to the NHL, suiting up with the Detroit Red Wings in 1962-63 for his first of 6 seasons with the club. This Ontario native was dealt to the hometown Toronto Maple Leafs in March of 1968 as part of a memorable trade that saw the Wings acquire Frank Mahovlich in return. Henderson spent parts of 7 seasons with the Leafs, remaining with the club until 1974 when the local WHA team came calling. The Toronto Toros lured Henderson to the Rebel League where he competed until the WHA’s ultimate demise. After playing for the Toronto Toros for two seasons, Henderson moved with the team to the Deep South, as they officially became the Birmingham Bulls. After the WHA ceased operations in 1979-80, Paul made an NHL comeback with the Atlanta Flames, playing in 30 games. Henderson was a 2-time NHL All Star as well as a WHA All Star who represented Team Canada in the 1972 and 1974 Summit Series. Paul will forever be remembered for his heroic game winning goals in each of the final three 1972 Summit Series contests. His series winner with 34 seconds remaining in Game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series was recognized as Canada’s Sports Moment of the Century and earned him induction to the IIHF Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

The game wear on this sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, un-repaired burn holes, runs and inner pilling. The front features a beautiful embroidered crest while Henderson’s surname is sewn to the nameplate that resides atop the upper verso. The plate is original to the jersey, although the Toros did have to do some re-stitching along the way after shrinkage and wear from the season took their effect. Shown above is a beautiful image of Henderson wearing his home jersey during the 1974-75 season and sporting the player number 10 in what was a brief respite from Paul wearing his familiar number 19. Henderson partook in just 58 games during his first year in the WHA, while wearing this sweater on home ice and dazzled his fans with an All Star season on the strength of 30 goals and 63 points. This well-worn all-original example hails from Henderson’s first year in the WHA and an All Star season at that, choice!