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1976 Canada Cup Peter Stastny Team Czech Game Worn Jersey - Photo Matched - Video Matched - Steve Shutt Letter
Lot #8

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1976 Canada Cup Peter Stastny Team Czech Game Worn Jersey - Photo Matched - Video Matched - Steve Shutt Letter
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1976 Canada Cup Peter Stastny Team Czech Game Worn Jersey - Photo Matched - Video Matched - Steve Shutt Letter
Lot #8

It is with great pleasure that we bring to the hobby this jersey from the  personal collection of Montreal Canadien’s Hall of Famer Steve Shutt. His awesome collection of game worn jerseys and equipment was impeccably preserved by Steve since the day they last saw the ice. A letter from Steve Shutt will accompany your purchase.

This stunning gamer was worn by Hall of Fame great Peter Stastny during the 1976 Canada Cup. Peter wore this exact jersey in the dramatic overtime finale that decided the entire tournament.

Stastny entered the NHL in 1980 following a lengthy professional career in Communist Czechoslovakia where he starred alongside his two brothers. He defected from Czechoslovakia along with his younger brother Anton and was followed a year later by his older brother Marian. Together, the trio played for the Nordiques and dazzled fans all across North America with their immense talent. Peter was awarded the Calder Trophy as the leagues top rookie, in 1981, following the first of his 7 different 100-point seasons during the decade of the 1980’s. Due to the late start of his NHL career, Stastny’s final numbers are somewhat tempered, albeit still very impressive. He ended his career with 450 goals, 789 assists and 1289 points and was one of the highest scoring players of the 1980’s, a decade which saw him partake in 6 different NHL All Star games. Peter proudly wore the Captain’s “C” in Quebec for 5 years and will forever be remembered as one of the finest that ever donned a Nordiques sweater. He is truly a deserving member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

This fragile game jersey is spectacular in every regard and is a true reminder of what life and budgetary constraints were really like in the Cold War era. There are no manufacturer’s tags that remain evident. This antiquated gamer appears to be made of a cotton type material with a sweater style stretchy neck. The original yarn tie-string remains sewn thru the eyelets, just as Stastny left them that night of the final game. The crest is a beautifully stitched reminder of Communist Czechoslovakia’s colors and symbolism. The 3-tiered sewn on lettering and numbering, as well as the body and arm striping, were completed in a way that would never meet with today’s tougher standards. The game wear is light as one would expect of a tournament gamer consisting mainly of stick marks, un-repaired holes and inner pilling.

The significance of this incredible gamer cannot be understated. It is one of the most important international game worn jerseys that has ever become available in our hobby. Were it not for an international gesture of good will between Team Canada and Team Czechoslovakia following the monumental final game of the 1976 Canada Cup, we would never have had the good fortune to obtain this spectacular piece of history. After the game ended, the players from each side exchanged the traditional handshakes but also decided to exchange game jerseys with their Cold War counterparts. Steve Shutt happened to exchange handshakes as well as game jerseys with that of this baby faced future Hall of Famer.

This stunning jersey has been impeccably cared for in the personal collection of Mr. Shutt since that very night in 1976. Above are photo matches of Peter Stastny wearing this exact jersey during the 1976 Canada Cup tournament. Also included with your purchase will be video footage showing Stastny wearing this exact gamer as well as that of Mr. Shutt with this jersey draped around his neck as he shakes hands with Prime Minister Trudeau who was offering congratulations during the post game festivities. Click on video 1 and video 2, in the video area above, to see the clips you will receive. For those looking for a Peter Stastny jersey to represent in their collection, there will never be a finer example as one surely does not exist. This jersey would be the immediate cornerstone of any collection and is clearly worthy of inclusion in the Hockey Hall of Fame.