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1978-79 Michel Dion Cincinatti Stinger Game Worn Jersey
Lot #103

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1978-79 Michel Dion Cincinatti Stinger Game Worn Jersey
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1978-79 Michel Dion Cincinatti Stinger Game Worn Jersey
Lot #103

The Cincinnati Stingers were the WHA’s first ever expansion team, being born on May 6th of 1973 right after the inaugural Avco World Finals. Unfortuantely the Stingers home arena to be, the Riverfront Coliseum, would not break ground for several more months forcing the club to delay play. During the down time, the club partook in all of the amateur drafts and would actually loan some of its better talent out to other clubs for play in the 1974-75 season.

After reclaiming their players, the Stingers finally began play in October 1975. They would prove to be a well run franchise that never had any real success in the standings or at the gate. Despite this, the Stingers held on through thick and thin, making it to the end of the WHA and its merger with the NHL as a lame duck franchise.

This home yellow mesh gamer by Russell Athletic was worn by goaltender Michel Dion during the 1978-79 WHA season. Dion began his professional career with the Indianapolis Racers in 1975-76 and was that season voted the WHA’s best goaltender, winning the Ben Hatskin Trophy. Following 2 years with the Racers, Dion would move to the Stingers where he would serve the franchise for the final 2 WHA years, leading the league in shutouts in 1978. Following the merger, Michel became property of the Quebec Nordiques and started 50 games for the franchise in their first NHL season. In 1981 Dion was dealt to Winnipeg where his stay would be shortlived. The following season, 1981-82, Michel landed in Pittsburgh, and while starting 62 games earned himself an NHL All Star berth. His career ended following 4 seasons with the Penguins where he endeared himself to the fans.

This still vibrant home yellow gamer was worn during the WHA’s final season. Sewn into the collar is the Russell Athletic manufacturuer’s tag. Game use exists in typical light goalie fashion consisting of stick marks and goal post paint transfer. These screened on Cincinnati Stingers gamers were fragile by nature, having had a tendancy to crack and peel. The original nameplate with sewn on lettering is a treat for collectors in the know. Fortunately, this example escaped the WHA battlefield in fine condition and was incredibly preserved. This is sure to enhance and brighten up any collection of game sweaters.