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1981-82 Mark Howe Hartford Whalers Game Worn Jersey - “10-year Anniversary” - Photo Match
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1981-82 Mark Howe Hartford Whalers Game Worn Jersey - “10-year Anniversary” - Photo Match
Lot #4
This road green mesh gamer by Sandow SK was worn by Mark Howe during the 1981-82 NHL season. The Boston Bruins selected Howe in the 2nd round of the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft. Mark Howe’s illustrious career spanned 22 seasons; the first 6 of those were spent in the WHA as a teammate of his legendary father Gordie and brother Marty. In 426 WHA games, Mark tallied a lofty 504 points, leaving his mark as one of the WHA’s all-time best. His NHL career was no less impressive. In 929 games this defenseman banked 742 points leaving his career points total in excess of 1200. He was among the highest scoring defenseman of his era and was recognized with induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame with the class of 2011.

Mark was three times a 1st Team NHL All Star and was twice a 1st or 2nd team WHA All Star. He played in four NHL All Star games, four WHA All Star games and was the recipient of the Lou Kaplan Trophy in 1974 as the WHA’s Rookie of the Year. Howe also nabbed the 1986 NHL +/- award. Most would be surprised to find out that Howe’s year-by-year goal totals in the WHA years that he played in 70+ games read 38, 36, 39, 30 and 42. His career best for points came in 1978-79 with the Whalers, when Mark rang up an impressive 107 points.

Howe joined the NHL along with his New England Whalers teammates, as they became the Hartford Whalers in 1979-80 following the collapse of the WHA. After a few impressive seasons with Hartford, Mark joined the Philadelphia Flyers and proved the key piece to their puzzle. His leadership and stellar play from the point helped the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1985 and 1987, where they fell short both times to the Edmonton Oilers dynasty. Howe completed his Hall of Fame career in Detroit, the city in which he was born.

Sewn to the left shoulder of this gamer is the Hartford Whalers 10-year anniversary patch. The game wear on this size XL sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, heavy board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes and trauma, stitch popping, collar pilling and inner pilling. The original double garter style fight strap remains sewn to the inner verso. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Howe wearing this exact jersey during the 1981-82 season. Howe wore this magnificent jersey during his last season as a member of the Whalers. A spectacular well-worn photo matched example by this Hall of Famer that sports the coveted anniversary patch and hails from his last season with the Whalers, choice!