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1977-78 Bob Gainey Montreal Canadiens Game Worn Jersey - Stanley Cup Season - Inaugural Frank J. Selke Trophy - Photo Match
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1977-78 Bob Gainey Montreal Canadiens Game Worn Jersey - Stanley Cup Season - Inaugural Frank J. Selke Trophy - Photo Match
Lot #3
This road red dureen gamer by Wilson was worn by Bob Gainey during the 1977-78 Stanley Cup winning season. The Montreal Canadiens selected Gainey with the 8th overall pick in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft. Gainey would spend all 16 years and 1160 games of his Hall of Fame playing career with Les Habitants. During that time he established himself as the world’s best defensive forward of his generation and for that matter of all-time. The prestigious Frank J. Selke Trophy was created to honor Gainey, and as such he captured it in its first 4 years of existence. Gainey won 5 Stanley Cup Championships during his career and was the Conn Smythe winner as playoff MVP in 1978-79, as the Canadiens officially became a hockey dynasty by winning their 4th consecutive Stanley Cup, a feat accomplished by only 3 teams in the history of the sport. During the Cold War era of the mid to late 1970’s, the Soviet Union considered Gainey to be the North America’s best all-around player, quite a statement. Gainey is a 4-time NHL All Star who also represented Team Canada in the 1976 and 1981 Canada Cups. Gainey was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992 in his first year of eligibility.

The game wear on this size 44 sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, heavy inner pilling and more than a dozen team-sewn repairs. Sewn to the inside hem is the chain stitched “77” year tag. The original garter style fight strap remains sewn to the inside beneath the back player numbers while the original nameplate is sewn to the upper verso, a treat that savvy collectors will instantly recognize! Shown above are a couple of beautiful photo matches of Gainey wearing this exact jersey during the 1977-78 season. Gainey wore this sweater during the year that saw him capture the first-ever Frank J. Selke Trophy, an award that was created to honor the amazing skill set of Gainey himself! In fact, Bob would go on to capture the Selke as the NHL’s greatest defensive forward in four consecutive seasons! Gainey and his Canadiens continued to steamroll the opposition in 1977-78, winning their 3rd consecutive Stanley Cup and catapulting themselves into the conversation as one of the greatest dynasties the sport has ever seen. An amazing all-original photo matched offering that features tremendous game use and was worn by this Hall of Famer during a Stanley Cup winning season as Gainey was first officially recognized as the greatest defensive forward in the sport, choice!