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1976-77 Henry Boucha Rockies Game Worn Jersey - 1st Year Rockies - Boucha's Last Season
Lot #48

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1976-77 Henry Boucha Rockies Game Worn Jersey - 1st Year Rockies - Boucha's Last Season
Lot #48

This home white heavy mesh gamer by Champion was worn by USA Hall of Famer Henry Boucha during the 1976-77 NHL season. Boucha was a full-blooded Chippewa Native American who grew up in Warroad, Minnesota. To this day, Henry is considered one of the greatest to ever play high school hockey in Minnesota. Boucha joined the US Army and then played for the US National Team beginning in 1970. He tallied 7 goals in 10 games for Team USA in the 1971 World Championships and then led his country to the Silver Medal in the 1972 Olympics, averaging a point per game.

He was the 16th overall selection by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1971 NHL Entry Draft and joined the club for the final 16 games of the 1971-72 season. Boucha became an instant fan favorite as well as one of the leagues most recognizable players thanks in large part to his trademark headband. Following 3 seasons with the Red Wings, Boucha was traded to the North Stars in exchange for Danny Grant. Henry was on the verge of career highs in goals, assists and points, when 51 games into his first and only season for the North Stars he suffered a tragic injury. In a highly publicized incident that sent Dave Forbes of the Boston Bruins up for charges of assault in the State of Minnesota, Henry suffered a cracked bone around his eye as well as blurred vision courtesy of a vicious stick swing by the Boston player.

Boucha recovered in time for the following season where he jumped to the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the WHA. After 36 games with the financially beleaguered franchise, and with 35 points in tow, Henry joined the Kansas City Scouts for the final 28 games of their schedule. He made the trip west with them to Colorado, where with the Rockies he finished his career the next season. Boucha’s tremendous early contributions to USA hockey earned him a 1995 induction to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

Injuries had taken their toll and a once very promising career was limited to a mere 9 contests in this his final season. The game wear on this sweater is quite obviously on the lighter side and consists of stick marks, board burns, board paint transfer and inner pilling. Tracing this 1st year Rockies gamer to its origins of the Kansas City Scouts from the year prior is an easy task. Yellow material striping has been added to the original red and blue color scheme of this sweater on both the hem and sleeves.

It is quite a treat to be able to bring to market this treasure, worn by a player who was revered and beloved by many and who remains an integral figure in US and Minnesota hockey history. Offered here is Boucha’s game worn Rockies jersey from his final NHL season and the Rockies’ 1st, one that would undoubtedly enhance any collection.