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1977-78 J.C. Tremblay WHA Quebec Nordiques Game Worn Jersey
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1977-78 J.C. Tremblay WHA Quebec Nordiques Game Worn Jersey
Lot #42

This road blue mesh gamer was worn by J.C. Tremblay during the 1977-78 WHA season. J.C. Tremblay made his NHL debut in 1959-60 with the Montreal Canadiens who were in the midst of winning their record 5th consecutive Stanley Cup. J.C. spent 13 seasons on the Canadiens defense and won five Stanley Cups in the process. Tremblay was a 7-time NHL All Star, was twice a Norris Trophy finalist and also earned 1st and 2nd Team NHL All Star selections during his NHL career.

In 1972-73 Tremblay left the NHL to sign with the Quebec Nordiques in the WHA. He represented the Nordiques in all 7 WHA seasons and helped them to the Avco Cup Championship in 1977. Tremblay was twice awarded the Dennis A. Murphy Trophy as the WHA’s top defenseman. He played in 6 WHA All Star Games and was selected 1st Team WHA All Star three times and 2nd Team WHA All Star once. Tremblay led the WHA in assists twice and ranks 2nd on the WHA’s all-time assists list. J.C. is considered the greatest defenseman in WHA history. In a memorable poll done many years ago that ranked the WHA’s 50 greatest players, Tremblay ranked 4th on the prestigious list. In 2010, Tremblay was inducted as an inaugural member to the WHA Hall of Fame.

Tremblay was named to play for Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series but was replaced after he signed with the WHA. J.C. did get his chance to compete against the Russians a couple of seasons later in the 8-Game 1974 Summit Series that pitted the Soviet Union against Team Canada’s WHA. It was the only international competition that Tremblay competed in during his illustrious career. During the aftermath of the series, a Soviet coach offered a shocking declaration saying “J.C. Tremblay was the best defenseman they ever saw!” J.C. donated a kidney to his daughter in 1979 following his retirement, and 15 years later sadly succumbed to kidney cancer himself, passing away at the age of 55 in 1994.

The game wear on this sweater consists of stick marks, board burns, un-repaired burn holes, stitch pops, trauma to the right wrist cuff, heavy exterior pilling running from the belly to the rear of the left hip as well as the wrist exteriors and fine inner pilling. While wearing this jersey during road games at 39 years of age, Tremblay partook in 54 games and scored 5 goals and added 37 assists for 42 points to go along with 26 PIMS. A terrific example hailing from the latter stages of the career of this legendary defenseman, choice!