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1976 Guy Lafleur Team Canada Canada Cup Pre-Tournament Game Worn Jersey
Lot #6

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1976 Guy Lafleur Team Canada Canada Cup Pre-Tournament Game Worn Jersey
Lot #6
This white knit gamer by Athletic Knit was worn by Guy Lafleur during the 1976 Canada Cup. The Montreal Canadiens ensured the continuation of their dominance over the NHL when they selected Guy Lafleur with the 1st overall pick in the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft. Lafleur would go on to establish himself as one of the all-time greats in the history of the sport. He is so recognized in the revered ‘The Hockey News’ book from the 1990’s that ranked the 50 greatest players in NHL history. Guy was honored as the 11th greatest player in NHL history in that prestigious publication.



His numerous career accomplishments include 6 NHL All Star appearances, 6 consecutive 1st Team NHL All Star selections, spanning 1975-1980, the 1977-78 plus/minus award, the 1977 Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, 3 Art Ross Trophies for leading the NHL in scoring, 3 Lester B. Pearson Awards as the NHL’s outstanding player and 2 Hart Trophies as the NHL’s MVP.



In the 6-year period between 1974-75 and 1979-80, Lafleur was the face not only of the Montreal Canadiens but also of the entire NHL as he flat out dominated the sport. Guy netted 50 goals or more in each of those 6 consecutive seasons. During that period, he averaged 54 goals, 74 assists and 128 points per season. In 1126 regular season games Guy totaled 560 goals, 793 assists and 1353 points. In 128 playoff contests, Lafleur tallied another 58 goals and 134 points. He won 5 Stanley Cups in the 7-year period from 1973-1979 and helped his Montreal Canadiens to dynasty status with 4 consecutive Stanley Cup titles from 1976-1979. Guy is the all-time leading scorer in the great history of the Montreal Canadiens and his number 10 has been retired to the rafters.



On the international stage, “The Flower” shined bright as he represented Team Canada in the 1976 and 1981 Canada Cups as well as the 1979 Challenge Cup. In those 3 tournaments, Lafleur amassed 20 points in 17 games against the best competition the world had to offer. The 1976 Canada Cup was a critical international series that showcased perhaps the greatest talent pool to ever play together before or since. Team Canada, as they had in ‘72, once again showed their superiority by defeating the arch rival Soviet Union in the Semi-Final round and knocking off the surprising Czech team, which featured a young Peter Stastny, in the Final round. Playing together for Team Canada ‘76 were the following all-time greats: Lafleur, Orr, Potvin, Robinson, Lapointe, Savard, Esposito, Hull, Perreault, McDonald, Dionne, Clarke, Barber, Shutt, Sittler, Cheevers and Vachon among others. It was a literal who’s who of legendary Hall of Famers, a place where Lafleur showcased his talent.



The game wear on this size 44 sweater consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, colorful red and blue board paint transfer from the old Montreal Forum and fine inner pilling. The red rubberized Team Canada logos, the team name Canada, Lafleur’s player name and Lafleur’s famous number 10 on the back and both sleeves remain in flawless un-cracked condition. Also worthy of mention is some staining along the lower body, likely from improper storage and something that the winning bidder may wish to look into having cleaned. Lafleur and his Team Canada teammates had a couple of sets of jerseys made for the tournament and Guy wore this gamer with its crossover collar during the pre-tournament part of the historic festivities. Team Canada went on to win the Canada Cup on an overtime thriller as nearly half of Canada’s population was glued to their TV sets, making it the most watched television event in Canadian history to date! This amazing piece of Team Canada history was worn by the most dominant player in the sport and would make a great addition to your Team Canada Wall of Fame, choice!