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1979-80 Craig MacTavish Boston Bruins Game Worn Jersey Rookie - Photo Match
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1979-80 Craig MacTavish Boston Bruins Game Worn Jersey Rookie - Photo Match
Lot #46

This home white mesh gamer by Stall & Dean was worn by Craig MacTavish during the 1979-80 NHL season, his rookie year. The Boston Bruins selected MacTavish in the 9th round of the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft. MacTavish began his NHL career with the Bruins in 1979-80. He spent 5 years in Beantown before becoming a member of the Edmonton Oilers in 1985. Craig spent the next 9 seasons in Edmonton where he captured 3 Stanley Cups. A trade at the deadline in 1994 sent MacTavish to the New York Rangers where he joined a number of his former Edmonton teammates. A few months later Craig was parading down Broadway with Stanley Cup number 4 in tow alongside Messier and the boys. Craig wrapped up his 1093 game NHL career with stops in Philadelphia and St. Louis. MacTavish was one of the better defensive forwards of his generation who excelled at killing penalties and shutting down the opposition. With a number of 20-goal seasons to his credit, Craig notched 213-goals and nearly 500-points during his career. He played in nearly 200 playoff contests and earned a spot on the 1996 NHL All Star Team. Craig will also forever be known as the last NHL player to go helmetless thanks to the grandfather clause.

Sewn into the collar of this gamer is the Stall & Dean, wash, size and year tagging. The game wear on this size 52 sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer from the boards at the old Boston Garden, un-repaired burn holes, inner pilling and no less than a dozen team-sewn repairs. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of MacTavish wearing this exact jersey during his rookie season of 1979-80. The original double garter style fight strap remains sewn to the inside back player numbers while the nameplate, which was stripped for the following preseason has been lost to history. A well-worn photo matched example from this NHL All Star’s rookie season.