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1981-82 Clark Gillies New York Islanders Game Worn Jersey - Stanley Cup Season - Career Best 38-Goal Season - Possible Gillies-Hospodar Fight - Photo Match - Clark Gillies Letter
Lot #5

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1981-82 Clark Gillies New York Islanders Game Worn Jersey - Stanley Cup Season - Career Best 38-Goal Season - Possible Gillies-Hospodar Fight - Photo Match - Clark Gillies Letter
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1981-82 Clark Gillies New York Islanders Game Worn Jersey - Stanley Cup Season - Career Best 38-Goal Season - Possible Gillies-Hospodar Fight - Photo Match - Clark Gillies Letter
Lot #5

This spectacular game worn jersey originates from the personal collection of Hall of Famer Clark Gillies. Since leaving the Gillies collection a decade ago, this jersey has had just one owner, having sat in a private collection since and will be accompanied by a letter from Clark Gillies.

This road blue mesh gamer by Sandow SK was worn by Clark Gillies during the 1981-82 Stanley Cup winning season. The New York Islanders selected Gillies with the 4th overall pick in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft. “Jethro” joined the Islanders for the start of the 1974-75 season and not coincidentally helped lead the team to their first ever playoff appearance later that spring. It was a thrashing of Philadelphia’s goon Dave Schultz during the 1975 Semi Finals that served notice to the league that Clark was a force to be reckoned with. The Isles lost a hard-fought series in 7 games to the Flyers after trailing three games to none for the 2nd series in a row, thus finishing a game shy of the Stanley Cup Finals in only their 3rd season as a franchise.

Gillies became the NHL’s premier power forward during the late 1970’s thru the early 1980’s. In addition to his devastating fighting prowess, Clark was 6-times a 30-Goal scorer and he was part of one of the best lines in NHL history playing Left Wing alongside fellow Hall of Famers Bryan Trottier and Mike Bossy. Gillies was named 1st Team NHL All Star in 1978 and 1979 and he played in the NHL All Star game in 1978 as well as in the 1979 Challenge Cup, a 3-game series against the Soviet Union. Gillies also represented Team Canada in the 1981 Canada Cup. Clark served several years as the Islanders Team Captain in the late 1970’s after taking over from Ed Westfall and thus became the 2nd Captain in franchise history. Gillies played in 5 consecutive Stanley Cup Finals from 1980-84 and won 4 straight Stanley Cups as the New York Islanders gained Dynasty status. Gillies had his player number 9 raised to the rafters and retired by the Islanders and was also deservingly inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002.

The game wear on this size 52 sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, trauma, washed out bloodstains, heavy inner pilling and a couple of handfuls of team-sewn repairs. Shown above are some beautiful photo matches of Gillies wearing this exact jersey during the 1981-82 season. Also shown above are highlights of the famous Gillies-Hospodar fight from December 30, 1981. Gillies literally broke Hospodar’s face in the fight, breaking his jaw, his nose and knocking out multiple teeth with just a few punches. The video quality from back in the day just isn’t clear enough to conclusively call this a video match. Inspection of the numbering, lettering and placement do appear to line up leading to the possibility that this was the jersey that Clark was wearing on that fateful night at Madison Square Garden during one of the most famous fights in NHL history.

Gillies netted a career best 38 goals while wearing this sweater as the 1981-82 Islanders stormed to 54 Wins and 118 points, both franchise records, and one of the NHL’s best points totals of all-time. Those Islanders also set an NHL record with 15 consecutive Wins, established during an era when regular season overtime did not exist! Gillies and the Isles went on to win their 3rd consecutive Stanley Cup that spring, completing one of the great seasons in NHL history. Clark took this jersey home with him following that memorable campaign and kept it impeccably preserved through the years, as did our consignor. This well-worn photo matched offering is packed with phenomenal provenance and was worn by this Hockey Hall of Famer during the height of the Islanders dynasty in what was the greatest season in franchise history, and a year that saw Clark light the lamp a career best 38 times, choice!