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1976-77 Paul Henderson WHA Birmingham Bulls Game Worn Jersey - Inaugural Season - 1st Birmingham Bulls Jersey
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1976-77 Paul Henderson WHA Birmingham Bulls Game Worn Jersey - Inaugural Season - 1st Birmingham Bulls Jersey
Lot #27

This home white mesh gamer by Russell Athletic was worn by Paul Henderson during the 1976-77 WHA season, the Birmingham Bulls inaugural season. Henderson made the jump directly from juniors to the NHL, suiting up with the Detroit Red Wings in 1962-63 for his first of 6 seasons with the club. This Ontario native was dealt to the hometown Toronto Maple Leafs in March of 1968 as part of a memorable trade that saw the Wings acquire Frank Mahovlich in return. Henderson spent parts of 7 seasons with the Leafs, remaining with the club until 1974 when the local WHA team came calling. The Toronto Toros lured Henderson to the Rebel League where he competed until the WHA’s ultimate demise. After playing for the Toronto Toros for two seasons, Henderson moved with the team to the Deep South, as they officially became the Birmingham Bulls. After the WHA ceased operations in 1979-80, Paul made an NHL comeback with the Atlanta Flames, playing in 30 games. Henderson was a 2-time NHL All Star as well as a WHA All Star who represented Team Canada in the 1972 and 1974 Summit Series. Paul will forever be remembered for his heroic game winning goals in each of the final three 1972 Summit Series contests. His series winner with 34 seconds remaining in Game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series was recognized as Canada’s Sports Moment of the Century and earned him induction to the IIHF Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the alternate Captain’s “A”. The game wear on this size L sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes and fine inner pilling. Henderson’s surname is sewn to the nameplate that resides atop the upper verso and is completely original to the jersey. Shown above are some beautiful images of Henderson wearing his home white sweater during the 1976-77 season. This was the franchise’s first year in Birmingham after the team’s relocation from Toronto. A well-worn all-original example that sports the coveted letter of honor, choice!