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1975-76 Francois Lacombe WHA Calgary Cowboys - Inaugural Season
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1975-76 Francois Lacombe WHA Calgary Cowboys - Inaugural Season
Lot #15

This home white dureen gamer by Maska was worn by Francois Lacombe during the 1975-76 WHA season. Lacombe made his NHL debut with the Oakland Seals in 1968-69 and spent 2 seasons with the squad before joining the expansion Buffalo Sabres in 1970-71. This Quebec native jumped at the chance to join the WHA for their inaugural season and spent 6 of the league’s 7 seasons on the Quebec Nordiques blueline. Francois spent the 1975-76 season with the Calgary Cowboys after being claimed by Calgary in the 1975 Intra-League Draft. The Nordiques made a trade the following summer to bring this defenseman back home to Quebec. This rearguard remained with the Nordiques after the merger, playing briefly in the NHL in 1979-80 before retiring. Lacombe was a member of Quebec’s Avco Cup winning squad in 1977 and he played in 440 games over the course of his WHA career.

The WHA proved unkind to many franchises during its 7-year existence and the Vancouver Blazers were no exception. After just two seasons, the Blazers were forced to relocate the team to Calgary. The Calgary Cowboys officially gained franchise life in May of 1975. The Cowboys, like their predecessors, survived in the WHA for just two years, folding operations after the 1976-77 campaign.

The game wear on this beautiful tie-down is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, stitch pops, overall trauma, inner pilling and more than half a dozen team-sewn repairs. The original stunted loop style fight strap remains sewn to the interior while the nameplate, with its beautiful chain stitched lettering was reattached to the upper verso. This one-year style was worn by Calgary during their inaugural season in the WHA. This beautiful well-worn example marks the first time in over 5 years that we’ve had the pleasure to bring one of these Calgary Cowboys gamers to market, choice!