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1981-82 Danny Gare Red Wings Game Worn Jersey
Lot #35

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1981-82 Danny Gare Red Wings Game Worn Jersey
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1981-82 Danny Gare Red Wings Game Worn Jersey
Lot #35

This road red heavy mesh gamer by Sandow was worn by Danny Gare during the 1981-82 season, his first as a member of the Detroit Red Wings. Following 8 terrific years in Buffalo, Gare was dealt mid-season to the Red Wings in a blockbuster deal, which included Jim Schoenfeld, Dale McCourt and Mike Foligno among others. This was Danny’s first ever road jersey that he wore in Detroit.

Danny’s career featured many accomplishments including a league leading 56 goals in 1979-80. He broke onto the scene with a bang in 1974-75 helping the upstart Sabres make their first ever appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals that year, losing to the defending Cup champs, the Philadelphia Flyers. Danny was a key figure during that storybook season as he tallied 31 goals and 62 points as a rookie. He followed that season with a 50-goal campaign in 1975-76 and his path to stardom was assured. Several years later the Sabres made Gare their team Captain, a title that he held for 5 seasons.

Danny was never slow to drop the gloves, and despite his small 5’ 9” frame he was the true definition of a power forward earning him respect from fans and teammates alike. Gare was a member of 2 different Canada Cup teams, 1976 and 1981 as well as 2 NHL All Star teams in 1980 and 1981. He was voted 2nd team NHL All Star for his stellar play during the 1979-80 season. Following this half season in Detroit, Danny was handed the prestigious Captain’s “C” of the Red Wings the following year. He proudly held this title for his remaining 4 seasons in Detroit. Gare tallied 354 goals and 1285 PIMS during his 827 game career and will be fondly remembered by all who saw him play as a true competitor and one of the better forwards during his generation.

Sewn to the right breast of this heavy mesh gamer is the all embroidered Detroit Red Wings 50 Years of Norris Family Ownership patch. This style is among the toughest of all patch jerseys of the last quarter century to acquire. This jersey shows nice game wear which includes stick marks, board burns, board paint transfer, inner pilling, washed out bloodstains and a handful of team-sewn repairs. This was the first, and likely the only, road sweater that Gare would have worn following his trade from the Sabres to the Red Wings which encompassed a total of 36 games played in Detroit to finish off the 81-82 campaign. This is a magnificent example of a very tough and highly desirable style among Red Wings and type style collectors alike of the finest player to wear the “Norris” patch. A premier sweater that is fit to hang in any of the finer collections.