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1977-78 Serge Bernier WHA Quebec Nordiques Game Worn Jersey
Lot #38

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1977-78 Serge Bernier WHA Quebec Nordiques Game Worn Jersey
Lot #38

This road blue mesh gamer was worn by Serge Bernier during the 1977-78 WHA season. The Philadelphia Flyers selected Bernier with the 5th overall pick in the 1967 NHL Amateur Draft and was the first pick in franchise history. He made his NHL debut in 1968-69 and remained a Flyer for parts of 4 seasons before spending parts of 2 others with the LA Kings. Next up was the WHA, where Serge became a member of the Quebec Nordiques in 1973-74 and remained thru their expansion into the NHL, his last season coming in 1980-81. Bernier’s spectacular WHA career left him ranked among the all-time greats in league history. He was named the 13th greatest player in WHA history in a recognizable poll that was taken a number of years back. Serge is 6th on the all-time goals list with 230, 5th in all-time assists with 336 and was the WHA’s 4th highest scoring player with 566 career points, despite having missed the leagues inaugural season. No less impressive are his WHA playoff statistics; he ranks 6th all-time in goals with 28, 4th in all-time assists with 46 and was the 3rd highest scoring player in WHA playoff history with 72 points, trailing only Bobby Hull and Mark Howe and sitting 1 point ahead of Gordie Howe. The highlight of his career was being named playoff MVP in 1977 as he helped his Quebec Nordiques to their only Avco Cup championship in a grueling 7-game final series. Bernier was brilliant, leading all playoff scorers in goals, assists and points. Bernier appeared in the leagues annual All Star event in all 6 years that he played in the WHA, and thus represented Team Canada in the 1974 8-Game Summit Series between Team Canada WHA and the Soviet Union.

Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the alternate Captain’s “A”. The game wear on this sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired holes, stitch pops, heavy inner pilling and some team-sewn repair work. It was represented to us that this stunning example came straight from the personal collection of former teammate Wally Weir. Bernier lit the lamp 26 times and added 52 assists for 78 points in 58 regular season games in 1977-78 before doing his valiant best to help the Nordiques repeat as champs in the 1978 playoffs with 4 goals and 14 points in 11 playoff games. A well-worn offering complete with letter of honor that was worn by one of the WHA’s all-time greats!