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1979-80 Gilbert Perreault Buffalo Sabres Game Worn Jersey – “1980 Lake Placid Olympic” - All Star Season
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1979-80 Gilbert Perreault Buffalo Sabres Game Worn Jersey – “1980 Lake Placid Olympic” - All Star Season
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1979-80 Gilbert Perreault Buffalo Sabres Game Worn Jersey – “1980 Lake Placid Olympic” - All Star Season
Lot #8

This road blue knit gamer by Maska was worn by Gilbert Perreault during the 1979-80 NHL season. The Buffalo Sabres made Perreault the 1st overall selection in the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft. He became the face of the franchise and is considered one of the NHL’s all-time greats thanks to his 17 seasons of service, all with Buffalo. Gilbert captured the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year in 1970-71. He was the recipient of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 1972-73. In 1974-75, Perreault and his French Connection linemates, Rick Martin and Rene Robert, led the Sabres to their first ever Stanley Cup Finals appearance. The trio is still recognized as one of hockey’s all-time great lines. Perreault was twice a 2nd Team NHL All Star and played in 6 NHL All Star games. On the international stage, Gilbert represented Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series, the 1976 and 1981 Canada Cups and played with Team NHL in the 1979 Challenge Cup. In 1191 games played, Perreault scored 512 goals, added 814 assists and ended his career with 1326 points. He is the Sabres all-time leader in virtually every scoring category and his player number 11 was long ago retired to the rafters in Buffalo. Gilbert is a most deserving member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, and a player whose grace and artistry will never be forgotten by those who had the pleasure to see him play.

The 1979-80 season was a special one for Pereault and his Sabres. On a statistical note, Perreault had his last great season, lighting the lamp 40 times and adding 66 assists for 106 points. This was the last 40-goal and 100-point season of Perreault’s illustrious career. Furthermore, the Sabres exploded as a team under the guidance of new Head Coach and GM Scotty Bowman, who led them to an Adams Division title with 110 points. Bowman also installed a new defensive attitude into the minds of his club who went on to lead the league, allowing the NHL’s fewest goals against with 201 and saw Perreault post a career best +32 rating. When playoff time rolled around, Perreault was simply outstanding with 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points in 14 games played! Buffalo went on to an incredible run as they pushed the burgeoning New York Islanders dynasty to game 6 of the Semi-Finals, completing one of the great seasons in team history.

Sewn to the right breast of this gamer is the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic patch. The game wear on this sweater consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, inner pilling and more than half a dozen team-sewn repairs. The original old school fight strap remains sewn to the inside while a plate change is also worthy of mention. Many hockey fans believe Team USA’s efforts in the 1980 Olympics to be the greatest moment in the history of the sport. Those historic Olympic games took place in Lake Placid, New York and saw the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders pay tribute as the only two NHL teams to wear the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic patch on their game jerseys that season. Offered here is the ultimate prize from the important 1979-80 Buffalo Sabres game worn collection that we had the privilege to bring to the hobby. A beautiful well-worn Lake Placid Olympic patched gamer that hails from Perreault’s last great NHL season, choice!