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1980-81 Ray Cote Calgary Wranglers Game Worn Jersey
Lot #212

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1980-81 Ray Cote Calgary Wranglers Game Worn Jersey
Lot #212

This road red knit gamer by Cooper was worn by Ray Cote during the 1980-81 WHL season. This Alberta native played his four seasons of junior hockey with the Billings Bighorns and Calgary Wranglers. Cote next spent a season with the Wichita Wind and another with the Moncton Alpines before getting the call to join the Edmonton Oilers for their 1982-83 Stanley Cup playoff run. The Oilers trekked to the Cup Finals that year, quite a thrill for the rookie. Cote played briefly for the Oilers during their next two seasons, both Cup winners for the franchise. He would later go on to spend four seasons with the Canadian National Team in between his time in the AHL and Europe.

Led by Goalie Mike Vernon (pictured above), the 1980-81 Calgary Wranglers put forth their finest season during their brief time as a franchise, winning 46 games and tabbing 94 points. The upstart squad marched all the way through the WHL playoffs defeating favored Lethbridge in the Division Finals and then forcing heavily favored Victoria to game 7 of the WHL Championship. Cote notched 36 goals and 88 points in 70 regular season games before adding 10 goals and 23 points in 22 playoff contests while wearing this jersey during road games that memorable season.

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, stitch pops, fight abuse, heavy inner pilling and team-sewn repair work. Original in all respects, the fight strap is sewn to the inner verso while best of all is the team name sewn on diagonally in individual lettering to the front and featuring beautiful blue chain stitching atop white tackle twill. This extremely tough to find style is the first we’ve had the pleasure to handle and is to our knowledge, the first of its kind to ever be offered at Major Auction!