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1980-81 Fred Arthur Hartford Whalers Game Worn Jersey Rookie - Photo Match - The New England Collection
Lot #59

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1980-81 Fred Arthur Hartford Whalers Game Worn Jersey Rookie - Photo Match - The New England Collection
Lot #59
This fresh to the hobby example is part of an exciting collection of newly discovered game worn hockey jerseys that were originally sourced from “New England”. This collection is being offered to the hobby for the very first time via the Spring 2015 Auction, exclusively at GAMEWORNAUCTIONS.NET.



This home white mesh and knit gamer by Stall & Dean was worn by Fred Arthur during the 1980-81 NHL season, his rookie year. The Hartford Whalers selected Arthur with the 8th overall pick in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. The Whalers called on Arthur late in the year to join the big club right out of juniors where he was playing in his fourth season in the Quebec League with the Cornwall Royals. Fred dressed for merely 3 games as a Hartford Whaler and was a key component in the deal to land Rick Macleish from the Philadelphia Flyers in the summer of 1981. He would go on to play a full season in Philadelphia in 1981-82 where he teamed with Jimmy Watson on the blueline. After suffering a training camp injury, Fred played just 3 games for Philly in 1982-83 before retiring as he decided to pursue a career as a doctor instead of continuing on as an NHL defenseman.



Sewn into the collar of this vintage gamer are the manufacturers, wash, size and year tagging. Of interest, and likely due to being a surprise call up out of juniors, the team made up a first year 1979-80 Stall & Dean gamer for Arthur. The game wear on this size 52 sweater consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, sweat stains and inner pilling. Sewn to the inside back player number is the original double garter style fight strap. Shown above are a couple of beautiful photo matches of Arthur wearing this exact jersey during the 1980-81 season. This fresh photo matched gamer was worn by Arthur during his brief rookie campaign.