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1974-76 Perry Miller & Murray Heatley WHA Minnesota Fighting Saints Game Worn Jersey
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1974-76 Perry Miller & Murray Heatley WHA Minnesota Fighting Saints Game Worn Jersey
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1974-76 Perry Miller & Murray Heatley WHA Minnesota Fighting Saints Game Worn Jersey
Lot #30

This home white dureen gamer by Rawlings was last worn by Perry Miller during the 1975-76 WHA season. This jersey was initially worn by Murray Heatley during the 1974-75 WHA season. Miller made his WHA debut in 1974-75 with the Winnipeg Jets where he played well into the following season before joining the Minnesota Fighting Saints. Following that partial season in Minnesota, Miller was brought back to Winnipeg in 1976-77. After the 1977 Avco Cup Finals, Perry jumped to the NHL and played for the next 4 years with the Detroit Red Wings before hanging up the skates. Miller was a talented defenseman and a noted tough guy who scored 91 points and added 309 PIMS in 201 WHA games. Perry went on to add another 387 PIMS in his final 217 games in the NHL.

Murray Heatley played his college hockey at the University of Wisconsin before making his WHA debut in 1973-74 with the Minnesota Fighting Saints. Heatley spent parts of two seasons in Minnesota before joining the Indianapolis Racers in the midst of the 1974-75 campaign. He finished his WHA career with the Racers in 1975-76 and later went on to play for a number of years in Europe where he was among the biggest stars of the day.

Sewn into the collar of this gamer are the Rawlings and Steichens tags. The original stunted loop style fight strap remains perfectly sewn to the inner verso, just beneath the back player number. While this jersey was worn over the course of two WHA seasons and shows nice game use, it also shows significant damage from improper washing that caused a thinning out of the dureen material in certain places as well as extra wear to the crest and tagging. This jersey does display well and shows nicely from afar; it is when inspecting it up close that the issues become evident.