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1983-84 Dale Hunter Quebec Nordiques Game Worn Jersey - Good Friday Battle of Quebec - Photo Match
Lot #240

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1983-84 Dale Hunter Quebec Nordiques Game Worn Jersey - Good Friday Battle of Quebec - Photo Match
Lot #240
It is with great pleasure that we reintroduce this amazing game worn jersey to collectors. It was about a decade ago that we brought this and several other Dale Hunter game worn jerseys to the hobby emanating from the personal collection of a close friend of Dale’s. This was the crown jewel of the collection, enjoy!

This road blue knit gamer by Maska was worn by Dale Hunter during the 1983-84 NHL season. The Quebec Nordiques selected Hunter in the 2nd round of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. He began his career with the Nords in 1980-81 and spent 7 years calling Le Colisee’ home. Hunter joined the Washington Capitals in 1987-88 and remained there until the trade deadline of his final season when he was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche. Dale spent a dozen years wearing the Capitals red, white and blue colors.

Hunter is the only player in the history of the NHL to have tallied 300 goals, 1000 points and 3500 PIMS. These impressive numbers are sure to garner consideration for Hall of Fame induction in the years to come. Hunter’s leadership abilities will never be questioned. He served as team Captain for both the Quebec Nordiques and the Washington Capitals during his 19-year NHL career. Since retiring, Hunter has used his leadership abilities well, serving as the head coach of the OHL’s London Knights for much of the past decade and taking over as the Washington Capitals head coach last year. Dale is ranked 2nd on the NHL’s all-time penalty minutes list, and trails only Tiger Williams with his mind blowing total of 3563 PIMS. For good measure he spent another 727 minutes in the sin bin during his 186-playoff games. Hunter will be remembered as one of the all-time great instigators, always finding a way to get under the skin of his opponents, while still possessing the talent to light the lamp and turn a game around.

Offered here is, in our opinion, the most magnificent Hunter jersey in the hobby, worn during the infamous ‘Good Friday’ game on April 20th 1984 during the ‘Battle of Quebec’. It was on that spring day at the Montreal Forum that the ugliest and most talked about bench-clearing brawls in playoff history ensued. The focal point and instigator of all of those bench-clearers on that day was none other than Dale Hunter himself while wearing this exact jersey. Following the brawl that began the 3rd period, Dale was finally led off the ice for good. As he was being escorted off of the ice, this gamer was barely clinging to his body, having been badly torn and simply demolished in the latest brawl. In the locker room, the Nordiques training staff feverishly sewed this sweater back together in anticipation of it being needed again. Unfortunately for Hunter and his teammates, the underdog Canadiens ended Quebec’s season and this sweater was retired for good.

The game wear on this sweater is phenomenal and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer including some recognizable swipes from the Montreal Forum, un-repaired holes, inner pilling and perhaps the most magnificent team-sewn repair work you’ll ever see on a game worn jersey as it was literally put back together again after having been literally torn apart at the seams. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Hunter wearing this exact jersey during the aforementioned brawl-filled ‘Good Friday’ game. On the back player number is a beautiful black sharpie signature in Hunter’s own hand dating this jersey to that classic game. When it comes to examining the game worn jersey history of the Quebec Nordiques, there aren’t many examples that will rank as more significant historically than this one. Packed with incredible provenance and history, this sweater is truly Hall of Fame worthy and a cornerstone item with which to build a collection around, choice!