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1976-77 Chicago Black Hawks Game Worn Jersey + Ken Solheim 1980's Training Camp Worn Jersey - #47
Lot #417

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1976-77 Chicago Black Hawks Game Worn Jersey + Ken Solheim 1980's Training Camp Worn Jersey - #47
Lot #417

This road red dureen gamer by Wilson and Gunzo’s was first worn by the Chicago Black Hawks during the 1976-77 NHL season. This jersey comes from the recently discovered Gunzo’s collection. There were 11 of these vintage red dureen game worn jerseys in the collection. Each was originally worn as a full time regular season and/or playoff road jersey in the 1970’s and then was later recycled by the Black Hawks for use during training camp in the years that followed. At some point after the season ended, the original player number was stripped and new higher numbers were added for use during training camp. This helps solve the mystery of where so many of the Hawks vintage dureens disappeared to.

With access to a few random early 1980’s Chicago Black Hawks training camp rosters we were able to confirm that the player number 47 was worn by Ken Solheim in 1980-81. Drafted in the 2nd round of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, Solheim cracked the Hawks lineup in 1980-81. A trade during that season sent him to the Minnesota North Stars where he played for 4 years with other stops in Detroit and Edmonton also worthy of mention. A look at the 1981-82 and the 1982-83 training camp rosters tell us that John Benns wore this player number. The Blackhawks drafted Benns in the 9th round of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft.

This striking red dureen was originally worn during the 1976-77 NHL season by a yet to be determined Black Hawks player. The Wilson and Gunzo’s tags remain sewn into the collar, with the Gunzo’s tag somewhat loose. The outlines of the original player numbers reveal themselves upon close inspection on these vintage dureens. For a Chicago collector with the time and inclination, this would prove a fun task to determine which former Chicago icon originally wore your new acquisition. The most beautiful logo in sports, Chief Indian Head, is hand stitched in all its vintage glory on the chest of this jersey with a hole worthy of mention. The game wear on this sweater is tremendous and features stick marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired holes and runs, heavy inner pilling and some great team-sewn repair work. An exciting new discovery brings this previously unknown gamer to the hobby, good luck in your pursuit.