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1984-85 & 1986-87 Al Iafrate Toronto Maple Leafs Game Worn Jersey – Rookie –“King Clancy”
Lot #45

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1984-85 & 1986-87 Al Iafrate Toronto Maple Leafs Game Worn Jersey – Rookie –“King Clancy”
Lot #45

This road blue knit gamer by CCM was worn by Al Iafrate during his rookie year of 1984-85 and also during the 1986-87 NHL season. The Toronto Maple Leafs selected Iafrate with the 4th overall pick in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. This Dearborn, MI native spent time with the 1983-84 US National Team and then represented Team USA in the 1984 Olympics before joining the NHL. Al would spend parts of 7 seasons with the Maple Leafs before a deal sent him to the Washington Capitals in 1990-91. Iafrate then played for parts of 4 seasons in the nation’s Capital before finishing up his career with a partial season in Boston and 2 more in San Jose.

Looking back on Al’s dynamic career, a classic case of “what if” occurs when contemplating his devastating knee injury in the spring of 1990. Despite his physical setbacks, this rearguard played in 4 NHL All Star games and was named a 2nd Team NHL All Star in 1993. His booming slapshot, which was often clocked at better than 100 MPH and captured the hardest shot event at the Skills competition, helped him eclipse the 20-goal plateau on 3 occasions, with a career best of 25 coming in 1992-93.

Sewn into the collar of this gamer is the born on date of “04-84”. Sewn to the left shoulder of this gamer is the King Clancy Memorial patch. The game wear on this sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, stitch pops, washed out bloodstains, trauma, loads of inner pilling and more than a dozen team-sewn repairs. Sewn to the back player numbers is a custom fight strap that shows heavy use. This replaced the Leafs original fight strap, a commonality on Leafs sweaters of the era. Also worthy of mention is a nameplate change as expected, having first been worn by Iafrate during his rookie season of 1984-85 and then again a couple of years later in 1986-87 with the Clancy patch added. A spectacular fresh to the hobby offering that was worn by this 4-time NHL All Star during his rookie season and again during his 3rd season with the addition of the King Clancy Memorial patch!