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1984-85 Billy Smith New York Islanders Game Worn Jersey - Photo Match
Lot #7

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1984-85 Billy Smith New York Islanders Game Worn Jersey - Photo Match
Lot #7
This home white mesh gamer by Pedersons was worn by Billy Smith during the 1984-85 NHL season. The Los Angeles Kings selected Smith in the 5th round of the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft. Smith made his NHL debut with LA in 1971-72, playing in 5 games with the Kings. The following season Smith became an original member of the expansion New York Islanders where he went on to carve out a Hall of Fame career. “Battlin’ Billy” spent the next 17 seasons representing the Islanders between the pipes. During that time Smith became a member of the 300 Win club, played in the NHL All Star Game and was named 1st Team NHL All Star. He won the 1981-82 Vezina Trophy and captured the William M. Jennings Trophy the following year.



Most impressive however was Billy’s playoff acumen. It was a decision by Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour to cease rotating his netminders early on in the 1980 playoffs that jump started one of the greatest runs in sports history. Arbour named Smith as the team’s #1 and Billy carried the Islanders to 5 straight Stanley Cup Finals as they won a record 19 consecutive playoff series and earned dynasty status by capturing 4 Cups in a row beginning in 1980. Smith earned the 1983 Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP and led the NHL in playoff victories for 5 consecutive seasons. He retired as the NHL’s winningest playoff goalie with 88 victories, a total that still places him 5th all time. This fierce competitor is still looked upon by most as the greatest money goaltender in NHL history.



Sewn into the collar of this highly customized sweater is the Pedersons tag. The game wear on this size XXL sweater is solid and show the battle scars that Billy was known for, consisting of stick and puck marks, board burns, washed out bloodstains and inner pilling. Shown above are some beautiful photo matches of Smith wearing this exact jersey during the 1984-85 season. Billy Smith gamers have proven exceedingly difficult to find and rank as one of the toughest Hall of Famers of the 1970’s – 1980’s era for a collector to obtain. This is in fact the first time that we’ve had the pleasure of bringing a Billy Smith gamer to auction. This highly customized well-worn goalie gamer is accompanied by some stunning photo matches and would become the instant cornerstone of any serious NY Islanders or Hall of Fame goalie collection, choice!