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1975-76 Jim Boyd Phoenix Roadrunners Game Worn Jersey
Lot #103

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1975-76 Jim Boyd Phoenix Roadrunners Game Worn Jersey
Lot #103

In September 1973 the WHA granted franchise life to the Phoenix Roadrunners. The team’s first season of WHA play would occur in 1974-75. They toted a roster that included Robbie Ftorek and Dennis Sobchuk, who was on loan from the Cincinnati Stingers. They posted a winning record in their first year of play and made the playoffs. Another winning season would follow in 1975-76 and another first round playoff elimination ensued. The 1976-77 season proved disasterous financially for ownership as attendance sagged beneath league averages. After selling away some of the teams talent during the season for an inflow of cash, the team was left with a poor roster and thus finished last in the standings. Despite this, Ftorek was named league MVP, edging out Winnipeg sensation Anders Hedberg. Ownership looked for a way out and when no new buyers came to the rescue the team folded operations at the conclusion of the 1976-77 season after 3 years of existence.

This road blue dureen gamer by Rawlings was worn by Jim Boyd during the 1975-76 WHA season. Boyd played in 3 WHA seasons, the first two of them being with the Roadrunners. He also represented Phoenix Roadrunners teams of the PHL and WHL before and after his WHA years.

Sewn to the left breast of this striking dureen is the alternate Captain’s “A”. The hand stitched double layered tackle twill crest is one of the all time greats. Game wear consists of stick marks, board burns, board paint transfer, inner pilling and some team-sewn repair work. The name on back has been removed, a common occurrence with the Roadrunners gamers.