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1982-83 Jaroslav Pouzar Edmonton Oilers Game Worn Jersey - "1983 Universiade" - Rookie - Photo Match - Video Match
Lot #78

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1982-83 Jaroslav Pouzar Edmonton Oilers Game Worn Jersey - "1983 Universiade" - Rookie - Photo Match - Video Match
Lot #78

This road blue heavy mesh gamer by Nike was worn by Jaroslav Pouzar during the 1982-83 NHL season, his rookie year. The Oilers drafted Pouzar in the 4th round of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. Pouzar earned a spot on the club immediately and played in 74 games as a rookie in 1982-83. Jaroslav would remain with the Oilers for the next 3 years and 4 years in all; all 4 of them saw his team go to the Stanley Cup Finals as they hoisted the Cup 3 times! After winning back-to-back Cups, Pouzar left North America and went to play in Germany in the European Elite League. During his 2nd season away, the Oilers called Pouzar back into service just in time to assist them in winning the 1986-87 Stanley Cup. Pouzar’s heart was in Europe however and he played out the remainder of his professional career, 5 more seasons in Germany.

Offered here is Pouzar’s road sweater from 1982-83, his rookie season and a very important season in franchise history. The Oilers would make their first ever Stanley Cup Finals appearance that season only to fall at the hands of the New York Islanders dynasty. The lessons learned would serve Gretzky and the boys well the following season, as they dethroned the Islanders and jump-started their own dynasty.

Sewn to the right shoulder of this jersey is the 1983 Universiade patch. The sleeves have been customized by the team. The game wear on this sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, heavy inner pilling and more than a handful of team-sewn repairs. Also worthy of mention is a blue color bleed at the base of the collar and the very top of the Oilers crest. Shown above are photo and video matches of Pouzar wearing this exact jersey during the 1982-83 season.

This fine looking sweater features the ever-desirable 1983 Universiade patch and was worn as the Oilers trekked to their first ever Stanley Cup Finals appearance. Also worthy of note is the Nike logo that is found on the back right hem. These Nike jerseys are the only ones in team history where the Nike logo is not found on the back left hem. Nike watched in dismay as ‘The Great One’ tucked the lower right side of his jersey into his pants during the entire 1982-83 campaign, thus covering their logo. Nike’s brass were quick to make the logo adjustment to the left side the following year and that was the way the Oilers would wear them for the next 7 seasons!