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1975-76 Ron Delorme WHA Denver Spurs Game Worn Jersey Inaugural Franchise Season Rookie
Lot #5

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1975-76 Ron Delorme WHA Denver Spurs Game Worn Jersey Inaugural Franchise Season Rookie
Lot #5

This home white dureen gamer by Wilson and b&h was worn by Ron Delorme during the 1975-76 WHA season, his rookie year. The Denver Spurs and Kansas City Scouts each selected Delorme in the 1975 WHA and NHL Amateur Drafts. Delorme chose to begin his career in the WHA and suited up for the short-lived Denver Spurs franchise as a rookie. Delorme’s NHL rights were owned by the Kansas City Scouts, who had become the Colorado Rockies to start the 1976-77 season. Ron remained in Colorado and suited up for the Rockies for five seasons. The Vancouver Canucks claimed Delorme prior to the 1981-82 campaign. Delorme brought a needed level of veteran toughness to the Canucks and enjoyed a magical ride to the Stanley Cup Finals in his first year in the Great Northwest. In 74 regular season and playoff contests combined, Delorme added 208 PIMS as his team fell just shy of capturing Lord Stanley’s Cup. Ron played a total of four seasons with the Canucks before retiring in 1985.

Fate wasn’t kind to the Denver Spurs franchise, whose fans failed to support the team at the gates. Denver was the lowest drawing club in the league, averaging just 3000 plus attendees per game. In just their second month of operation, rumors begin to swirl that the team was in financial trouble and would fold. On New Year’s Eve, after having played just 30 some odd games, the city of Denver slapped a lien on the franchise for back taxes, thus ending any hope of the Spurs finding a local investor to bail them out of their financial troubles. A day later the team officially relocated to Ottawa without so much as an announcement. The Spurs were on a road trip at the time and played their first official game as the Ottawa Civics, while wearing their Denver Spurs jerseys, on January 2nd 1976 in Cincinnati. The players only learned of the relocation and realized they wouldn’t be going back home to Denver when O Canada was played as the visiting team’s National Anthem that evening! Less than two weeks later, after just three games, the Ottawa Civics folded operations after failing to meet payroll. The Denver/Ottawa franchise existed for merely 41 games as a WHA franchise, making them the shortest lived franchise in WHA history.

Sewn perfectly into the collar of this gamer are the Wilson and b&h tags. The game wear on this sweater consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer and inner pilling. The crude remnants of a hand stitched fight strap remain sewn to the back player number. The striking multi-layered tackle twill crest features beautiful brown and gold colored chain stitching and is a sight to behold. The numbering and lettering are all sewn-on and best of all is the nameplate, which is completely original! Shown above are a couple of images, the team photo and an action shot of a then 19-year old rookie wearing this jersey during the brief existence of the Denver Spurs franchise. Denver Spurs game worn jerseys have long been considered amongst the leagues toughest and most desirable. To our knowledge, this is the only example to ever appear at Major Auction in all-original condition. Featuring bright colors and tremendous eye appeal this hobby rarity that hails from the shortest-lived WHA franchise in league history would become an instant centerpiece in any serious WHA collection, choice!