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1977-78 Steve West Houston Aeros Game Worn Jersey
Lot #51

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1977-78 Steve West Houston Aeros Game Worn Jersey
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1977-78 Steve West Houston Aeros Game Worn Jersey
Lot #51

The Aeros were an original WHA franchise, which were actually relocated to Houston before ever playing a game. They were originally granted ownership to represent Dayton, Ohio but failed to secure a stadium for their team. The Houston Aeros began play at the Sam Houston Coliseum and were a respectable club in the standings that lacked any real star power in the teams 1st season. That would soon change as Gordie, Mark and Marty Howe would join the squad to begin season 2.

The new additions would vault the Aeros to league supremecy and they would capture back to back Avco World titles in 1974 and 1975. In 1975-76 the Aeros changed venues to the new Summit arena and again were a dominant regular season club. Their bid for a 3-peat was foiled at the hands of the Bobby Hull led Winnipeg Jets in the final round of the Avco World Finals. Again dominant during the 1976-77 regular season, the Aeros would suffer the same fate as the season prior, falling again to the Winnipeg franchise in the semi-final round. The 3 Howe’s left Houston for New England for the 1977-78 season and the franchise was never the same, failing in its bid to become members of the WHA NHL expansion and closing shop prior to the 1978-79 season.

This home white heavy mesh gamer by Stall and Dean was worn by Steve West during the 1977-78
WHA season. West partook in 5 different WHA seasons beginning with the Stags/Spurs franchise in the mid 1970’s. Following that was 3 years in Houston and a final season with Winnipeg.

Sewn in the collar of this heavy mesh gamer is the Stall and Dean, wash, size and year tagging. Game use consists of stick marks, board burns, un-repaired burn holes and inner pilling. The original name on back sits high between the shoulders and is a treat from this era. Fine specimen from the end of the WHA days.