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1980-82 Ed Hospodar New York Rangers Game Worn Jersey
Lot #544

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1980-82 Ed Hospodar New York Rangers Game Worn Jersey
Lot #544

This home white heavy mesh gamer by Cosby was worn by Ed Hospodar circa the 1980-82 NHL seasons. Hospodar, a native of Bowling Green Ohio, began his NHL career as a late season call-up for the New York Rangers in 1979-80. He immediately made his presence felt, racking up 118 PIMS in 27 combined regular season and playoff games as a rookie. As a sophomore, Hospodar played in 61 games and racked up 214 PIMS. That postseason saw Ed play in 12 games and accumulate another 93 PIMS, wow! The 1981-82 season was Hospodar’s 3rd year in the league and his last with the Rangers. That year he played in a mere 41 games thanks to his ill-fated decision to pick a fight with Clark Gillies of the crosstown rival New York Islanders. Before the start of the following season the Rangers traded Hospodar to the Hartford Whalers.

Ed spent the next two years of his career in Hartford. “The Boxcar” next joined the Philadelphia Flyers for the start of the 1984-85 season, a year that saw the team bully their way to the Stanley Cup Finals. He was then traded to the Minnesota North Stars 17 games into the following season. Ed returned to the Flyers the next year and again enjoyed another trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. He finished his career in 1987-88 with the Buffalo Sabres. Over the course of 9 NHL seasons, this enforcer would appear in 450 regular season games where he racked up a resounding 1314 PIMS. Add to that another 206 PIMS in 42 playoff contests between his time in New York and Philadelphia.

Sewn perfectly into the collar of this gamer is the Cosby, size and wash tagging. The game wear on this sweater is on the lighter side and consists of some stick marks and board burns, un-repaired burn holes, abrasions, washed out bloodstains and inner pilling. The remnants of washed out bloodstains on the front of this sweater lead us to believe that this jersey made its way to the dry cleaners after a bleeder and never returned to the ice. Shown above, for your enjoyment, are some video highlights of "The Boxcar" letting fly in front of the hometown fans at MSG. “The Boxcar’s” time with the Rangers was short-lived and his game jerseys from that period are extremely scarce and rarely find their way into the hobby. A notoriously tough example to obtain and one that has eluded fight collectors over the years, your chance to cross a tough one off of the want list.

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