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1976-78 Rick Wamsley St Catharines-Hamilton Fincups Game Worn Jersey - The Rick Wamsley Collection Rick Wamsley Letter
Lot #515

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1976-78 Rick Wamsley St Catharines-Hamilton Fincups Game Worn Jersey - The Rick Wamsley Collection Rick Wamsley Letter
Lot #515

GAMEWORNAUCTIONS.NET is pleased to present The Rick Wamsley Collection. This exciting collection of game worn goalie masks and jerseys comes directly from the personal collection of NHL goaltender, Rick Wamsley. Included are items spanning Rick’s entire playing career, beginning with his days in juniors and right through the end of his NHL career. A signed letter from Mr. Wamsley will accompany your purchase.

This road blue mesh gamer by Unique Athletic Supply in Toronto, Ontario was worn by Rick Wamsley during the 1976-77 and or the 1977-78 OHA season. The Montreal Canadiens selected Wamsley in the 3rd round of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. Wamsley made his NHL debut in 1980-81 with Les Habitants, his home for the first 4 years of his NHL career. Wamsley’s 1981-82 Rookie season saw him post the NHL’s 2nd best GAA at 2.75 GAA and he finished with the NHL’s 2nd best shutouts total. Wamsley captured the inaugural 1981-82 William M. Jennings Trophy, finished 6th in voting for the Calder Trophy and 5th in voting for the Vezina Trophy.

In the summer of 1984, Montreal dealt Wamsley to the St. Louis Blues, the place he called home for the next 4 years of his career. The 1985-86 season saw the Blues advance to Game 7 of the Conference Finals only to fall to the Calgary Flames by the score of 2-1, perhaps the toughest defeat of Wamsley’s career. However, it was Game 6 that lives in infamy for Blues fans, many who consider it the greatest game in franchise history. With Wamsley between the pipes on home ice in Game 6, St. Louis won an overtime thriller to force a 7th Game in what is known as “The Monday Night Miracle”.

At the deadline in 1988, St. Louis and Calgary pulled off a blockbuster that saw Wamsley and defenseman Rob Ramage head to Calgary in exchange for Brett Hull. The trade worked out well for Rick, as just a year later he and the Calgary Flames won the 1989 Stanley Cup! It was the only Stanley Cup Championship of Wamsley’s career. Wamsley proved instrumental to the team’s fortunes during the 1988-89 season as he shared the goaltending duties with Mike Vernon. Wamsley posted 17 Wins, two by way of shutout and added 4 Ties against only 11 Losses in 35 games played to go along with a 2.96 GAA, the 5th best GAA in the NHL that season. Following parts of 5 seasons with the Flames, Wamsley was involved in yet another blockbuster trade in the winter of 1992. This time, Wamsley, along with Doug Gilmour and others were dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Rick played in Toronto in both 1991-92 and in 1992-93 after which he announced his retirement following a 13-year NHL career.

The game wear on this vintage junior jersey is solid and consists of stick and puck marks, burns, un-repaired holes, stitch pops, pilling at the sleeve cuffs and inside as well as a team-sewn repair. The sewn on crest is unusually large in size and quite striking. Wamsley spent the first two seasons of his goaltending career with the Fincups. This franchise lasted merely 4 seasons, playing their first two years in Hamilton and then in 1976-77 moving to St. Catharines. In 1977-78 the team returned to Hamilton in what turned out to be their final season. Although short-lived, the Fincups won the 1976 Memorial Cup. A beautiful junior jersey that Mr. Wamsley kept impeccably preserved since leaving the ice some 40 years ago, which comes to you directly from The Rick Wamsley Collection.