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1974 J.C. Tremblay WHA Team Canada Game Worn Jersey
Lot #10

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1974 J.C. Tremblay WHA Team Canada Game Worn Jersey
Lot #10

This white dureen gamer by Maska was worn by J.C. Tremblay in Moscow during the 1974 Summit Series between the Soviet Union and Team Canada WHA. J.C. Tremblay made his NHL debut in 1959-60 with the Montreal Canadiens who were in the midst of winning their record 5th consecutive Stanley Cup. J.C. spent 13 seasons on the Canadiens defense and won five Stanley Cups in the process. Tremblay was a 7-time NHL All Star, was twice a Norris Trophy finalist and also earned 1st and 2nd Team NHL All Star selections during his NHL career.

In 1972-73 Tremblay left the NHL to sign with the Quebec Nordiques in the WHA. He represented the Nordiques in all 7 WHA seasons and helped them to the Avco Cup Championship in 1977. Tremblay was twice awarded the Dennis A. Murphy Trophy as the WHA’s top defenseman. He played in 6 WHA All Star Games and was selected 1st Team WHA All Star three times and 2nd Team WHA All Star once. Tremblay led the WHA in assists twice and ranks 2nd on the WHA’s all-time assists list. J.C. is considered the greatest defenseman in WHA history. In a memorable poll done some years ago that ranked the WHA’s 50 greatest players, Tremblay raked 4th on that prestigious list. In 2010, Tremblay was inducted as an inaugural member to the WHA Hall of Fame.

Tremblay was named to play for Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series but was replaced after he signed with the WHA. J.C. did get his chance to compete against the Russians a couple of seasons later in the 8-Game 1974 Summit Series that pitted the Soviet Union against Team Canada’s WHA. It was the only international competition that Tremblay competed in during his illustrious career. During the aftermath of the series, a Soviet coach offered a shocking declaration saying “J.C. Tremblay was the best defenseman they ever saw!”

Sewn into the collar of this gamer is the Maska manufacturers tag. This wonderfully designed all-sewn on sweater is a beautiful homage to Canada with 6 full Maple Leafs adorning the shoulders while a 7th is proudly sewn to the left breast and houses the year “74”. Red tackle twill lettering highlights “CANADA” on the diagonal down the front while “INTERNATIONAL” is stitched to the upper verso. J.C.’s player number 3 is sewn to the back and both sleeves. Tremblay scored a goal and added 4 assists for 5 points during the memorable Summit Series. He wore this white sweater during the four games in Moscow. Fine inner pilling highlights the game wear on this heavyweight dureen, which has remained impeccably preserved since being sourced directly from the Tremblay family nearly two decades ago. This is the first time we’ve had the pleasure to bring one of these 1974 Summit Series game worn gems to Auction and best we can ascertain, it is the first example to come up for bid at Major Auction in well over a decade. A tremendous offering worn by this legendary defenseman and WHA Hall of Famer some 45 years ago, choice!