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1982-83 Terry Ruskowski Los Angeles Kings Game Worn Jersey
Lot #59

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1982-83 Terry Ruskowski Los Angeles Kings Game Worn Jersey
Lot #59
This home gold knit gamer by Maska was worn by Terry Ruskowski during the 1982-83 NHL season. Ruskowski was originally drafted in 1974 by both the Houston Aeros of the WHA and the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL. Ruskowski chose to begin his career in the WHA and played for 5 years in the fledgling league prior to its collapse. In 1979-80, he joined the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and spent the first 3+ seasons of his NHL career in the Windy City. Terry next spent 3 years with the LA Kings, 2 more with the Pittsburgh Penguins and then a final year plus with the Minnesota North Stars. Despite standing only 5’ 9” tall, Terry played big and was one of the more feared forwards of his era. A perennial triple digit PIMS man, Terry racked up a career single season best 252 PIMS in his first season with the Hawks. In 630 NHL games he amassed 1356 PIMS. He accumulated another 761 PIMS in 369 WHA games giving him better than 2000 PIMS in his career. A born leader, Ruskowski is the only player in major professional hockey history to serve as the Captain for 4 different teams. Since retiring as a player, Ruskowski has gone on to a lengthy career as a Head Coach in the minor leagues, serving in that role for nearly 25 years!



The game wear on this size 48 sweater is solid and consists of stick marks, board burns, un-repaired burn holes, a well worn fight strap, washed out bloodstains and heavy inner pilling. A beautiful black sharpie signature in Ruskowski’s own hand resides just above the player name on back. A terrific example from Terry’s first season in Los Angeles.