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1983-84 Clark Gillies New York Islanders Game Worn Jersey - Photo Match
Lot #8

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1983-84 Clark Gillies New York Islanders Game Worn Jersey - Photo Match
Lot #8
This home white mesh gamer by Syosset Sports was worn by Clark Gillies during the 1983-84 NHL season. The New York Islanders selected Gillies with the 4th overall pick in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft. “Jethro” joined the Islanders for the start of the 1974-75 season and not coincidentally helped lead the team to their first ever playoff appearance later that spring. It was a thrashing of Philadelphia’s goon Dave Schultz during the 1975 Semi Finals that served notice to the league that Clark was a force to be reckoned with. The Isles lost the hard-fought Semi Final series to the defending champs in 7 games after trailing three games to none for the 2nd series in a row, thus finishing a game shy of the Stanley Cup Finals in only their 3rd season as a franchise. Gillies became the NHL’s premier power forward during the late 1970’s thru the early 1980’s. In addition to his devastating fighting prowess, Clark was 6-times a 30-Goal scorer and he was part of one of the best lines in NHL history playing Left Wing alongside fellow Hall of Famers Bryan Trottier and Mike Bossy. Gillies was named 1st Team NHL All Star in 1978 and 1979 and he played in the NHL All Star game in 1978 as well as in the 1979 Challenge Cup, a 3-game series against the Soviet Union. Gillies also represented Team Canada in the 1981 Canada Cup. Clark served several years as the Islanders Team Captain in the late 1970’s after taking over from Ed Westfall and thus became the 2nd Captain in team history. He played in 5 consecutive Stanley Cup Finals from 1980-84 and won 4 straight Stanley Cups as the New York Islanders became only the 3rd team in NHL history to gain true Dynasty status. Gillies was deservingly inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002.

Sewn into the collar of this gamer are the manufacturers, wash, size and year tagging. The game wear on this vintage sweater is solid and consists of numerous stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, stitch pops, heavy inner pilling and several team-sewn repairs. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Gillies wearing this exact jersey during the 1983-84 season. This amazing image reveals some fantastic matches that are worthy of further examination. First please take note of the vertical stick mark just beneath the left shoulder. Furthermore, this yearbook photo reveals a number of other exciting photo matches including the un-repaired burn holes on the orange colored portion of the left sleeve that now feature team-sewn repair work in its place, the slash mark in the lower inside portion of the same sleeve and the extra material and threads that extend from the back right side of the nameplate. This Hall of Fame winger donned this well-worn photo matched example as he and the Islanders were the 4-time defending Stanley Cup Champions and were in the midst of their historic “Drive For Five”, choice!