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1983-84 Clark Gillies New York Islanders Game Worn Jersey - Photo Match
Lot #5

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1983-84 Clark Gillies New York Islanders Game Worn Jersey - Photo Match
Lot #5
This road blue 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 series 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 gained Dynasty status. Gillies had his player number 9 raised to the rafters and retired by the Islanders and was also 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 stick and slash marks, board burns, plenty of board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, stitch pops, heavy inner pilling and 7 team-sewn repairs including a major repaired gash above the right hip. Attached to the inside back of Clark’s retired player number 9 is the original fight strap. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Gillies wearing this exact jersey during the 1983-84 season. This photo was taken in Chicago on January 18th 1984, a game that the Islanders won by a score of 9-1. This fantastic image reveals fresh heavy orange colored board paint transfer that was obtained from the boards at the Boston Garden, which resides on the white stripe beneath Gillies’ number 9 on the left sleeve. The orange colored board paint transfer on the sleeve has since faded some on the jersey. Incidentally, the rear hem also has the same colored board paint transfer, also obtained from the Boston Garden. Of incredible interest is that the Islanders were in the midst of a road trip when they arrived in Chicago on the 18th of January 1984. Their prior game took place just two nights before on January 16th 1984, as the Islanders played the Bruins in Boston, explaining the fresh and vibrant board paint transfer shown in the photo match, how perfect is that! This stunning battered example was donned by this hulking Hall of Fame winger as the Islanders were in the midst of their historic “Drive For Five” and includes a beautiful photo match and incredible provenance to go with, choice!