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1976-77 Blaine Stoughton Cincinnati Stingers Game Worn Jersey
Lot #95

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1976-77 Blaine Stoughton Cincinnati Stingers Game Worn Jersey
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1976-77 Blaine Stoughton Cincinnati Stingers Game Worn Jersey
Lot #95

The Cincinnati Stingers were the WHA’s first ever expansion team, being born on May 6th of 1973 right after the inaugural Avco World Finals. Unfortuantely the Stingers home arena to be, the Riverfront Coliseum, would not break ground for several more months forcing the club to delay play. During the down time, the club partook in all of the amateur drafts and would actually loan some of its better talent out to other clubs for play in the 1974-75 season.

After reclaiming their players, the Stingers finally began play in October 1975. They would prove to be a well run franchise that never had any real success in the standings or at the gate. Despite this, the Stingers held on through thick and thin, making it to the end of the WHA and its merger with the NHL as a lame duck franchise.

This road black dureen gamer by Rawlings was worn by Blaine Stoughton during the 1976-77 WHA season. Stoughton was the 7th overall selection by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1973 NHL entry draft. After spending only 1 season with the Penguins, Blaine was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Rick Kehoe. He spent 2 years with the Leafs before beginning his WHA career in 1976-77 with the Cincinnati Stingers. Following parts of 2 seasons each in Cincinnati and Indianapolis, he became a member of the New England Whalers. Following the collapse of the WHA, Stoughton remained with the Whalers, who took up NHL residency in Hartford. His first NHL season with the Whalers saw Blaine lead the NHL in goals with 56. His next 3 years yielded goal totals of 43, 52 and 45 respectively earning him selection to play in the 1982 NHL All Star game. In 1983-84 Stoughton was dealt out of Hartford to the Rangers where his playing days came to an end.

This heavy road black dureen was worn by Stoughton during his first ever WHA season. Stoughton accomplished quite alot during the 1976-77 season; he netted 52 goals and 52 assists for 104 points. His totals were good for 4th place in league goal scoring and 8th place in league points. The game wear consists of stick marks, board burns, board paint transfer, fine pilling, un-repaired holes and a team-sewn repair. The namebar is not the first to be on this gamer. The Stingers wore dureens for only their first two seasons of play making them quite desirable in collecting circles. Having been worn by a player of this magnitude will only enhance this jersey’s broad appeal.