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1983-84 Mats Naslund Montreal Canadiens Game Worn Jersey - All Star Season - Photo Match
Lot #38

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1983-84 Mats Naslund Montreal Canadiens Game Worn Jersey - All Star Season - Photo Match
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1983-84 Mats Naslund Montreal Canadiens Game Worn Jersey - All Star Season - Photo Match
Lot #38

This road red knit gamer by Maska was worn by Mats Naslund during the 1983-84 NHL season. The Montreal Canadiens selected Naslund in the 2nd round of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. Following half a dozen years of superstar level play in his native Sweden, Naslund made his NHL debut with the Canadiens in 1982-83 and in doing so became the first European to lace up the skates for the fabled franchise. The diminutive 5’ 7” 160lb. LW was the spark the Canadiens needed to help carry the offense through the remainder of the decade. Naslund played for Montreal for 8 seasons and scored a point per game while representing the storied franchise. In the process, Naslund set the mark for the highest scoring season for a Montreal LW as he registered 110 points on the strength of 43 goals and 67 assists during the 1985-86 campaign. Mats followed that up with another 19 points in 20 playoff games and was in contention for the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Canadiens won the 1986 Stanley Cup. The 1988-89 season saw Naslund and the Habs take another trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, his second and final time he played for the Cup. Mats returned to Sweden in 1990-91 and played for four more seasons before making an unexpected return to the NHL with the Boston Bruins in 1994-95. On the international stage, Naslund valiantly represented Sweden in numerous World Championships, the 1984, 97 and 91 Canada Cups as well as the 1980, 92 and 94 Olympics! Naslund won the 1987-88 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, was named 2nd Team NHL All Star in 1985-86 and played in three NHL All Star Games.

The game wear on this size 48 sweater is tremendous and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, collar pilling, stitch pops, inner pilling and by our count in excess of 80 team-sewn repairs! Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Naslund wearing this exact jersey during the 1983-84 season. The fight strap was removed from just beneath the back player numbers and set lower down on the back to accommodate the 5’ 7” Swede. Naslund gamers have been a traditionally tough get through the years with this being the first time that we’ve had the pleasure to offer one of these underrated gems at Auction. A terrific hammered and photo matched example worn by Naslund during his first All Star season, which was coincidentally his second year in the league!