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1980-81 Blaine Stoughton Hartford Whalers Game Worn Jersey - The New England Collection - Photo Match
Lot #40

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1980-81 Blaine Stoughton Hartford Whalers Game Worn Jersey - The New England Collection - Photo Match
Lot #40

This road green mesh gamer by Good Sports was worn by Blaine Stoughton during the 1980-81 NHL season. The Pittsburgh Penguins selected Stoughton with the 7th overall pick in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft. Stoughton began his NHL career in 1973-74 with the Penguins before joining the Maple Leafs for the 1975-76 season. Stoughton next suited up for the Cincinnati Stingers, Indianapolis Racers and New England Whalers of the WHA where he spent 3 seasons before returning to the NHL. This dynamic forward joined the Hartford Whalers with his WHA brethren and exploded with a 56-Goal, 100-Point season in his NHL return. He followed that up with seasons of 43, 52 and 45 Goals over the next several years in Hartford and ended his career with the Rangers after a late season deal in 1984 sent him to Broadway for his final 14 NHL games. Stoughton was an NHL All Star who led the entire league in Goals scored in 1979-80.

Sewn into the collar of this vintage gamer are the manufacturers, wash, size and year tagging. The game wear on this size 48 sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, stitch pops and inner pilling. Shown above are a couple of beautiful photo matches of Stoughton wearing this exact jersey during the 1980-81 season. Sewn to the inside back player numbers is the original double garter style fight strap. This jersey was part of the exciting, fresh to the hobby New England Collection that we introduced in our Spring 2015 Auction. Stoughton wore this example en route to a 43-Goal season as the Whalers took to the ice in just their 2nd year in the league. A wonderful photo matched example worn by this former 50-Goal scorer and NHL All Star.