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1979-80 Danny Gare Buffalo Sabres Game Worn Jersey – “1980 Lake Placid Olympic” - 2nd Team NHL All Star - All Star Season - League Leading 56 Goals - Photo Match
Lot #19

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1979-80 Danny Gare Buffalo Sabres Game Worn Jersey – “1980 Lake Placid Olympic” - 2nd Team NHL All Star - All Star Season - League Leading 56 Goals - Photo Match
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1979-80 Danny Gare Buffalo Sabres Game Worn Jersey – “1980 Lake Placid Olympic” - 2nd Team NHL All Star - All Star Season - League Leading 56 Goals - Photo Match
Lot #19

This home white knit gamer by Maska was worn by Danny Gare during the 1979-80 NHL season. The Buffalo Sabres selected Gare in the 2nd round of the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft. Gare emerged on the scene as a rookie in 1974-75 with a bang, helping the Sabres to the Stanley Cup Finals and never looked back. Gare would spend parts of 8 seasons as a member of the Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo recently paid tribute to their Captain by sending his number 18 to the rafters alongside his French Connection teammates, never to be worn again in Buffalo. Danny next spent a handful of years with the Detroit Red Wings and finished up his career in 1986-87 as a member of the Stanley Cup winning Edmonton Oilers. This fiery competitor stood a mere 5’ 9” tall but was willing to mix it up with the best of them. His intense spirit and leadership earned him the title of Team Captain for a number of years in Buffalo and Detroit. Gare was twice a 50-goal scorer with the Sabres, a career best coming in 1979-80 when he notched 56. He retired with an impressive 354 goals to go along with 1285 PIMS. Gare partook in 2 Canada Cups representing his native Canada. Danny was a 2nd Team NHL All Star in 1980 and played in the 1980 and 1981 NHL All Star games.

The 1979-80 season was a special one in Buffalo. Playing under the guidance of their new boss Scotty Bowman, the Sabres established themselves as the best defensive team in the league. They went on to win the Adams division with a gaudy 110 points while allowing a mere 201 goals against, the leagues best total. The Sabres stormed into the playoffs and had their sights set on Lord Stanley’s Cup. However it wasn’t to be, as they ran into the New York Islanders dynasty in the Semi Finals and fell in 6 games, completing one of the most exciting seasons in team history.

Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the Captain’s “C”. Sewn to the right breast is the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic patch. The game wear on this sweater is tremendous and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, washed out bloodstains, heavy inner pilling and no less than 50 team-sewn repairs! Removed from the upper verso and lost to history is the nameplate. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Gare wearing this exact jersey during the 1979-80 season. Buffalo was one of only two teams to wear the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic patch during the 1979-80 season, the New York Islanders being the other. Many hockey fans consider the 1980 Miracle On Ice as the sports’ all-time greatest moment. Gare netted an NHL leading 56 goals, earning 2nd Team NHL All Star honors and his first All Star Game appearance while wearing this jersey on home ice at the Aud in Buffalo. The Sabres wore this set of sweaters with the tiny double Maska logos for the majority of that memorable season. We’ve been fortunate to have brought the majority of the 1979-80 Buffalo Sabres examples into the hobby. To date the population of the home whites has been far fewer than that of the road blues, adding extra appeal to this offering. This hammered, photo matched example sports the coveted letter of honor and stands out as one of the jewels of the desirable Lake Placid patched set, choice!