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1983-84 Dale Hunter Quebec Nordiques Game Worn Jersey - Good Friday Massacre - Photo Match - Video Match
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1983-84 Dale Hunter Quebec Nordiques Game Worn Jersey - Good Friday Massacre - Photo Match - Video Match
Lot #35

It’s been nearly two decades since we brought a collection of Dale Hunter game worn jerseys to the hobby that were sourced from the personal collection of a close friend of Dale Hunter. This was the jewel of the collection, Dale Hunter’s “Good Friday Massacre” game worn jersey!

This road blue knit gamer by Maska was worn by Dale Hunter during the 1983-84 NHL regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Quebec Nordiques selected Hunter in the 2nd round of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. Dale, the middle of three brothers who would all play in the NHL, made his NHL debut with the Nordiques in 1980-81. Hunter spent 7 seasons calling Quebec’s Le Colisee’ home. A trade in 1987 sent Hunter to the Washington Capitals where he remained until the trade deadline of the 1998-99 season when he was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche in an attempt to win a Stanley Cup. Dale spent a dozen years wearing the Capitals red, white and blue colors before wrapping up his career with a total of 31 games for the Avalanche.

Hunter is the only player in the history of the NHL to have tallied 300 goals, 1000 points and 3500 PIMS. 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 Washington Capitals as well as the owner and Head Coach of the OHL’s London Knights where he has led his team to a pair of memorial Cup titles. 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-post-season 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 around a game.

The Good Friday Massacre took place on April 20, 1984 during Game 6 of the Adams Division Finals between Quebec and Montreal. On that spring day at the Montreal Forum, one of the most ugly and discussed brawls in NHL history took place at the end of the 2nd period and again at the beginning of the 3rd period. Quebec was leading 1-0 as the 3rd period eventually began and was trying to force a Game 7 on home ice, however, it was not to be as the Canadiens overcame an early 3rd period goal by Michel Goulet and erased a 2-0 deficit with five unanswered goals to move onto the Wales Conference Finals. As Dale Hunter was being led off the ice for good, after receiving a game-misconduct, his jersey was barely clinging to his body after having been badly torn during the brawl. In the locker room, the Nordiques staff feverishly sewed the jersey back together again in anticipation that Quebec would hold their lead and that the jersey would be needed again for the next round of the playoffs. Unfortunately for Hunter and his teammates, it wasn’t to be 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 that includes some recognizable swipes from the old Montreal Forum, un-repaired burn holes, heavy inner pilling and perhaps the most magnificent team-sewn repair work you’ll ever see on a game worn jersey. This sweater was literally put back together again after having been torn apart at the seams during one of hockey’s all-time great brawls, the Good Friday Massacre during the Battle of Quebec. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Hunter wearing this exact jersey during the aforementioned game. Also shown above are video highlights of the Good Friday Massacre that include Hunter and his tattered jersey! On the back player number is a beautiful black sharpie signature in Hunter’s own hand dating this jersey to the infamous game. Hunter was at his best while wearing this jersey during the 1983-84 season. In 77 games played, Hunter lit the lamp 24 times and added 55 assists for 79 points to go along with a +35 and 232 PIMS! In 9 playoff games he added another 41 PIMS. This is one of the most significant jerseys in the game worn history of the Quebec Nordiques franchise. Worn by the NHL’s 2nd all-time leader in PIMS, this battle-scarred example would take its rightful place atop any collection of fighters, goons and instigators. A tremendous hammered offering that we originally sourced from the personal collection of a close friend of Mr. Hunter’s nearly two decades ago, choice!