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1981 Bob Gainey NHL All Star Game Worn Jersey
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1981 Bob Gainey NHL All Star Game Worn Jersey
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1981 Bob Gainey NHL All Star Game Worn Jersey
Lot #61

This white mesh gamer by Cosby was worn by Bob Gainey while skating for the Prince of Wales Conference during the 1981 NHL All Star Game at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The Montreal Canadiens selected Gainey with the 8th overall pick in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft. Gainey would spend all 16 years and 1160 games of his Hall of Fame playing career with Les Habitants. During that time he established himself as the world’s best defensive forward of his generation and for that matter of all-time. The prestigious Frank J. Selke Trophy was created to honor Gainey, and as such he captured it in its first 4 years of existence. Gainey won 5 Stanley Cup Championships during his career and was the Conn Smythe winner as playoff MVP in 1978-79, as the Canadiens officially became a hockey dynasty by winning their 4th consecutive Stanley Cup, a feat accomplished by only 3 teams in the history of the sport. During the Cold War era of the mid to late 1970’s, the Soviet Union considered Gainey to be the North America’s best all-around player, quite a statement. Gainey is a 4-time NHL All Star who also represented Team Canada in the 1976 and 1981 Canada Cups. Gainey was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992 in his first year of eligibility.

Sewn to the collar of this gamer are the manufacturers, wash and size tagging. The game wear on this size 54 sweater is reminiscent of All Star Games of old and exhibits a number of stick and slash marks. On the back player number Gainey has penned a beautiful signature in his own hand. Several notes of interest include that Buffalo coach Scotty Bowman served as the Head Coach of the Wales Conference and was reunited with his former Montreal Canadiens All Star players: Gainey, Shutt and Langway. This was also the first NHL All Star Game to be held in the state of California. A terrific piece of All Star Game history, donned by this 5-time Stanley Cup Champion and NHL Hall of Famer.