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1975-76 Jack Carlson Minnesota Fighting Saints Game Worn Jersey - Photo Match - Video Match
Lot #4

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1975-76 Jack Carlson Minnesota Fighting Saints Game Worn Jersey - Photo Match - Video Match
Lot #4

We are pleased to present this amazing Jack Carlson game worn jersey for auction. We acquired this spectacular example directly from the personal collection of Jack Carlson several years ago and are now able to offer it as conclusively photo matched for the very first time!

This road blue dureen gamer by Rawlings and Steichens was worn by Jack Carlson during the 1975-76 WHA season. Carlson, a Minnesota native, is one of hockey’s all-time legendary tough guys who began his career in 1974-75 in the WHA with the Minnesota Fighting Saints. Jack and his two brothers, Jeff and Steve of Slapshot fame, were all playing for the Johnstown Jets in the NAHL in 1974-75 and were the inspiration for the movie Slapshot.
When the movie began filming, Jack was called up to the Fighting Saints and Dave Hanson was named to replace Jack in the movie, and the “Hanson Brothers” were formed. Jack went on to a decade long professional career. He spent 5 years in the WHA, representing the Fighting Saints for parts of 3 years, then briefly playing with the Oilers and finally representing the Whalers for parts of 3 more years. Carlson then joined the NHL, playing for the Minnesota North Stars during the latter part of the 1978-79 season. Towards the end of that season, Carlson suffered a serious back injury that required spinal fusion at the Mayo Clinic. Jack was devastated and missed a year and a half, but returned to the NHL in 1980-81 where he and his North Stars made an improbable trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. Jack spent one more season in Minnesota and played for another couple of years with the St. Louis Blues before retiring. Carlson made a brief comeback two and a half years later when he played in 8 games for the North Stars.
During Jack’s WHA career he played in 272 games and amassed 694 PIMS! He left many an injured opponent in his wake and is looked back upon as one of hockey’s all-time toughest customers. Carlson stood at an imposing 6’ 3” 205 lbs. and wore thick black horn-rimmed glasses just as you remember his brothers wearing in the movie Slapshot.

Offered here, is a fantastic jersey that we acquired directly from Jack’s personal collection several years back. This was Carlson’s road blue gamer from his second WHA season. Carlson played in 58 games for the Fighting Saints that year prior to joining the Edmonton Oilers. He scored 8 goals and 18 points while amassing 189 PIMS while wearing this sweater during road games.

Sewn into the collar of this gamer are the Steichens and Rawlings tags. The game wear on this size 48 sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, heavy inner pilling and team-sewn repair work. Fight abuse is readily evident with washed out bloodstains, stitch popping, team-sewn repair work to the collar, stitch popped rear player numbers and a trauma-laden fight strap from intense tugging and extensive use, which after multiple repair jobs was abandoned entirely. A further treat worthy of mention is Jack’s full player name on the verso. Jack’s brothers Jeff and Steve only played in 7 and 10 games respectively adding to the appeal of this all-original jersey. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Carlson wearing this exact jersey during the 1975-76 season. Also shown above are some video highlights of Carlson wearing this exact jersey during the 1975-76 season. This well-worn photo and video matched example was sourced directly from the personal collection of Jack Carlson and it is ready to display front and center as the cornerstone item in any serious WHA or enforcer’s collection of game worn jerseys, choice!