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1975-76 Jack Carlson WHA Minnesota Fighting Saints Game Worn Jersey
Lot #8

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1975-76 Jack Carlson WHA Minnesota Fighting Saints Game Worn Jersey
Lot #8
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.

The film was supposed to feature a line of the three Carlson brothers, Jack, Steve and Jeff, however Jack was called up into playoff duty for the WHA’s Edmonton Oilers and missed filming deadlines. Dave Hanson was cast to replace Jack 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 6’ 3” 205 lbs. and wore thick black horn-rimmed glasses just as you remember his brothers wearing in the movie Slapshot. Offered here, originally sourced from Jack’s personal collection, is his road blue gamer from the 1975-76 WHA season. Carlson played in 58 games for the Fighting Saints that year, scoring 8 goals and 18 points while amassing 189 PIMS!

Sewn into the collar of this stunning dureen are the Steichens and Rawlings tags. An all-original WHA nameplate from this era is always a treat worthy of mention. This example, which features Jack’s full name spelled out, is a true rarity. The three Carlson brothers, Jack, Jeff and Steve only shared the WHA ice together as a trio during the 1975-76 season. Jeff and Steve only played in 7 and 10 games respectively, which further speaks to the extreme rarity of this nameplate! The game wear on this stunning dureen is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, heavy inner pilling and a team-sewn repair. Fight abuse is obvious with plenty of washed out bloodstains, a fight strap that has been tugged upon, torn and repaired by the team on several occasions with more team-sewn repair work around the front of the collar. The extreme tugging and pulling on Jack’s jersey also caused the stitching on the back number 2 to separate a bit at the left side inner corners. We originally acquired this stunning piece of WHA history straight out of Jack’s personal collection just a few years ago when we introduced it to the hobby for the first time. There is no doubt that this legendary enforcer’s gamer will become the instant cornerstone of your WHA collection, choice!