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1976-77 WHA Calgary Cowboys Game Worn Jersey - Player #14
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1976-77 WHA Calgary Cowboys Game Worn Jersey - Player #14
Lot #26
This road red dureen gamer by Wilson was worn by player number 14 during the 1976-77 WHA season, the Coyboys last of two seasons in the WHA. The story of this franchise begins in Miami of all places. Granted franchise life in November 1971, the Miami Screaming Eagles would never actually play a WHA game. Despite this, the Screaming Eagles would make major WHA news by luring goalie Bernie Parent away from the NHL. Parent was the first star player to defect to the rival league. The team’s next NHL target was Boston Bruins fan favorite Derek Sanderson, who was more than intrigued by the Miami offer. A deal wasn’t yet completed when in April of 1972 Miami withdrew from the league because of the lack of a suitable arena among other financial reasons.

In June the Philadelphia Blazers were formed, replacing the Miami franchise and thus assuming Parent’s contract. The new owners also continued talks with Sanderson and eventually worked out a contract worth in excess of 2.5 million dollars. The next big move was the signing of another Bruin, Pie McKenzie. The 1972-73 season proved disastrous for the Blazers. The team started slowly, as injuries to Sanderson, Parent and McKenzie occurred early in the year. Sanderson was disgruntled and eventually returned to Boston after a 1-million-dollar buyout was negotiated. Poor attendance and financial woes ensued. A strong finish that landed the Blazers a playoff spot was not enough to save the club.

Following the inaugural season, the franchise was sold and moved to Vancouver where they would play for 2 seasons, keeping the Blazers as their nickname. While in Vancouver, they never made the playoffs and after the 1974-75 campaign the team was relocated to Calgary. Officially the Calgary Cowboys were born in May of 1975. The first year in Calgary saw the Cowboys produce a franchise best record. They also won a first round playoff series, the only one in franchise history. The team’s second season in Calgary wasn’t nearly as successful, hampered by a terrible road record of 5-31-5. It would be the final straw for this franchise which had begun at the other end of the continent in Miami in 1971. Season ticket sales slumped and there was just no getting around the Calgary Cowboys folding after the 1976-77 season.

Sewn to the inside of this gamer is a custom fight strap. The player nameplate has been removed from the upper verso. The game wear on this size 46 sweater consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, un-repaired burn holes, washed out bloodstains and fine inner piling. A beautiful gamer from the Calgary Cowboys last season in the World Hockey Association.