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1979-80 Real Cloutier Quebec Nordiques Game Worn Jersey - Inaugural NHL Season - All Star Season - Photo Match
Lot #63

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1979-80 Real Cloutier Quebec Nordiques Game Worn Jersey - Inaugural NHL Season - All Star Season - Photo Match
Lot #63

This road blue mesh gamer by Sandow SK was worn by Real Cloutier during the 1979-80 NHL season, the Nordiques inaugural NHL season. Both the Quebec Nordiques and Chicago Blackhawks selected Cloutier 9th overall in the 1st round of the WHA and NHL Amateur Drafts in 1974 and 1976 respectively. Real joined the Nordiques in 1974-75 and spent 9 seasons with the franchise in both the WHA and NHL before completing his career with a couple of seasons in Buffalo.

In a poll taken of the 50 greatest WHA players of all-time, Cloutier earned the number 7 spot on that list. During his WHA years, Real shattered the 100-point barrier in every season he played except his first. A career best effort came during the 1976-77 campaign, as Cloutier netted 141 points in 76 games. Cloutier captured the W.D. Hunter trophy twice, which was awarded to the WHA’s leading scorer. He led the WHA in scoring in 1976-77 and 1978-79, the final year of the league’s existence. During that final WHA season, Cloutier lit the lamp a miraculous 75 times which proved to be the 2nd best total in the history of the WHA behind only Bobby Hull’s 77 goals in 1974-75.

Despite not playing in the WHA’s initial two seasons, Cloutier ended his WHA career 3rd on the all-time goal-scoring list and 4th on the all-time points scoring list. He was also instrumental in helping the Nordiques to Avco Cup glory in 1977 with 14 goals and 27 points in 17 post-season games. Real was 4 times a 1st or 2nd Team WHA All Star in his 5 seasons of WHA play.

As the WHA teams merged into the NHL for the 1979-80 season, Cloutier was viewed as one of the gems of the merger. His NHL years, while not at the dominant level of his WHA days, were never the less impressive. In an injury shortened 67 games during his initial NHL season, Real scored 42 goals and 89 points, earning himself a berth in the NHL All Star game. Unfortunately, injuries played a major toll and shortened his NHL career. In 317 NHL games he scored a rather impressive 344 points. His final WHA totals saw him play in 369 games with 283 goals and 566 points. These incredible scoring totals leave no doubt that Real Cloutier was one of the true greats of his era.

The game wear on this Sandow SK sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, heavy inner pilling and a handful of team-sewn repairs. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Cloutier wearng this exact jersey during the 1979-80 NHL season. Real struck for 42 goals and added 47 assists for 89 points in 67 games played, earning an NHL All Star Game appearance while wearing this sweater during road games. A well-worn photo matched inaugural season example worn by one of the greats of the era.