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1980-81 Chicago Black Hawks Game Worn Jersey + 1980's Training Camp Worn Jersey - #61
Lot #415

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1980-81 Chicago Black Hawks Game Worn Jersey + 1980's Training Camp Worn Jersey - #61
Lot #415

This road red dureen gamer by Coane and Gunzo’s was first worn by the Chicago Black Hawks during the 1980-81 NHL season. This jersey comes from the recently discovered Gunzo’s collection. There were 11 of these vintage red dureen game worn jerseys in the collection. Each was originally worn as a full time regular season and/or playoff road jersey in the 1970’s and then was later recycled by the Black Hawks for use during training camp in the years that followed. This was the only example that hails originally from the 1980’s out of the 11. At some point after the season ended, the original player number was stripped and new higher numbers were added for use during training camp. This helps solve the mystery of where so many of the Hawks vintage dureens disappeared to.

With access to a few random vintage Chicago Black Hawks training camp rosters we were able to confirm that the player number 61 was worn by goalie Mark Locken. A look at the 1982-83 training camp roster yielded this information. The Hawks drafted Locken in the 9th round of the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft.

This striking red dureen jersey was originally worn during the 1980-81 NHL season by a yet to be determined Black Hawk. The outlines of the original numbers reveal themselves upon close inspection on these vintage dureens. For a Chicago collector with the time and inclination, this would prove a fun task to determine which former Chicago icon originally wore your new acquisition. The most beautiful logo in sports, Chief Indian Head, is hand stitched in all its vintage glory on the chest of this jersey. The game wear on this sweater is solid and features stick marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired holes and runs, heavy inner pilling and some great team-sewn repair work. Evidence of a nameplate removal is also worthy of mention. An exciting new discovery brings this previously unknown gamer to the hobby, good luck in your pursuit.