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1980-81 Mel Bridgman Philadelphia Flyers Game Worn Jersey
Lot #71

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1980-81 Mel Bridgman Philadelphia Flyers Game Worn Jersey
Lot #71

This road orange mesh gamer was worn by Mel Bridgman during the 1980-81 NHL season. The Philadelphia Flyers selected Bridgman with the 1st overall pick in the 1975 NHL Entry Draft. He joined the team immediately thereafter and became a staple in the Broad Street Bullies lineup. At the beginning of Bridgman’s 7th year in Philadelphia, the Flyers dealt him to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Brad Marsh. He would spend two seasons in Calgary before joining the New Jersey Devils for a 4-year run beginning in 1983-84. Mel’s final 3 NHL seasons were spent with Detroit, where he played for 2 years and then in Vancouver where he completed his career after only 15 games in 1988-89. Considered among the toughest players of his generation, Mel often found himself squaring off against the NHL’s best fighters, and faring quite well for that matter. Although Bridgman did amass 1625 PIMS, he also scored 252 career goals and was looked upon as a great leader. In fact, he took over as the Flyers Team Captain from Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke in 1979-80 and helped lead his team to an NHL record 35-game unbeaten streak. Mel also served in the same prestigious role for the New Jersey Devils, quite impressive to serve as the Captain to two franchises!



Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the Captain’s “C”. The game wear on this vintage sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes and inner pilling. Sewn to the inside player number is an old school Flyers fight strap complete with the blue racing stripes. Further are the all-important tiny pinholes that are found scattered about the player numbers on both the back and sleeves. This is a commonly found trait on vintage Philadelphia Flyers gamers and was used to aid the seamstress to apply the final stage of stitching. Also worthy of mention is that the “C” may not be original to the jersey. Bridgman earned 195 PIMS during this, his final full season with the Flyers while wearing this jersey during road contests. This jersey entered the hobby over a decade ago when it was purchased from the personal collection of the President of the BCHL. This sweater was also part of the Ken “Hammered Hockey” Mace collection. A terrific opportunity for a Flyer fan or fight collector to acquire a pretty tough to find sweater.