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1984-85 Ed Hospodar Philadelphia Flyers Game Worn Jersey
Lot #41

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1984-85 Ed Hospodar Philadelphia Flyers Game Worn Jersey
Lot #41
This road orange mesh gamer by Eagle was worn by Ed Hospodar during the 1984-85 NHL season. The New York Rangers selected Hospodar in the 2nd round of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. Hospodar, a native of Bowling Green Ohio, began his NHL career as a late season call-up for the Rangers in 1979-80. He immediately made his presence felt, racking up 118 PIMS in 27 combined regular season and playoff games as a rookie. As a sophomore, Hospodar played in 61 games and racked up 214 PIMS. That postseason saw Ed play in 12 games and accumulate another 93 PIMS, wow! The 1981-82 season was Hospodar’s 3rd year in the league and his last with the Rangers. That year he played in a mere 41 games thanks to his ill-fated decision to pick a fight with Clark Gillies of the cross-town rival New York Islanders. Before the start of the following season the Rangers traded Hospodar to the Hartford Whalers.

Ed spent the next two years of his career in Hartford. “The Boxcar” next joined the Philadelphia Flyers for the start of the 1984-85 season, a year that saw the team bully their way to the Stanley Cup Finals. Ed amassed 130 PIMS in 50 regular season games for the Flyers that season and then added another 69 PIMS in 18 playoff games. Boxcar was then traded to the Minnesota North Stars 17 games into the 1985-86 season and he appeared in 43 games for Minnesota. Ed returned to the Flyers the next year and again enjoyed another trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. He finished his career in 1987-88 with the Buffalo Sabres. Over the course of 9 NHL seasons, this enforcer would appear in 450 regular season games where he racked up a resounding 1314 PIMS. Add to that another 206 PIMS in 42 playoff contests between his time in New York and Philadelphia.

The game wear on this size 58 sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, un-repaired burn holes, stitch pops, sweat stains, washed out bloodstains on the body and sleeves, a heavily salted fight strap and inner pilling. A nice vintage offering from the Flyers first of two Stanley Cup Finals runs during the Mike Keenan era on Broad Street.