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1976 Vladislav Tretiak Olympic CCCP Soviet National Team Warm-Up Suit - 1976 Olympic Gold Medal
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1976 Vladislav Tretiak Olympic CCCP Soviet National Team Warm-Up Suit - 1976 Olympic Gold Medal
Lot #14

This beautiful warm-up suit originates from the personal collection of NHL defenseman Dick Lamby. Lamby, a native of Auburn, MA played his collegiate hockey with Boston University where he led his team to the NCAA title in 1978, assisting on 3 goals in the Championship game. He represented the US National Team in 1976 and played for Team USA in the 1976 Olympics before playing for 3 seasons in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues. According to Mr. Lamby, he acquired this warm-up suit directly from Vladislav Tretiak who personally handed it to him at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.

Further research yielded a 2010 interview that Lamby gave to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette that included the following paragraph: “Because of the terrorist attack in the 1972 Munich Games, security was tight in Innsbruck, but the day after the Olympics ended Lamby and teammate Steve Jensen snuck into the Soviet Union compound wearing Soviet Union sweatsuits they had swapped for their U.S. gear and partied with the Russians. Lamby still has the sweatsuit of Russian Vladislav Tretiak, considered to be one of hockey’s greatest goaltenders.”

This rare red knit warm-up suit with diamond-patterned striping by Teriknit was worn by Vladislav Tretiak during the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. Tretiak made his debut with CSKA Moscow in 1968-69 and played for 16 seasons, going onto become one of the greatest goaltenders in hockey history. He was one of the 6 players named to the IIHF’s Centennial All-Star Team. Tretiak became world renowned, leading the Soviet Union to 3 Olympic Gold Medals and 10 Gold Medals at the World Championships spanning 1970-83. Tretiak was between the pipes in the 1972 and 1974 Summit Series, the 1976 and 1981 Canada Cups as well as the 1979 Challenge Cup and numerous Super Series games including the New Years Eve Classic in 1976 at the Forum in Montreal. Back at home Tretiak made his Red Army team unstoppable. He was named First All Star consecutively each year from 1971-84. In those 14 seasons, his Red Army club won 13 league titles as Tretiak captured 5 League MVP Awards. In 1989, Tretiak became the first Soviet player born and trained outside North America inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The jacket and sweatpants are both tagged size 54. The Teriknit manufacturers logo is stitched to the lower front of the jacket, while the Teriknit manufacturers and size tag is sewn to the inside collar of the jacket. A diminutive size tag is stitched to the upper posterior of the pants. Tretiak’s player #20 are found on the front of both the jacket and sweatpants while the CCCP boldly adorns the chest. To date, we have never seen another warm-up suit of this style in the hobby. This marked the beginning origins of the iconic diamond pattern in Soviet hockey history. This historic combo is accompanied by incredible provenance, having been acquired directly from Tretiak by former NHL defenseman Dick Lamby at the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. A truly important and extremely rare offering that remains in impeccable condition and was worn during the height of the Cold War as Tretiak and his teammates were busy winning Gold at the 1976 Olympics, choice!