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1984-85 Nick Fotiu New York Rangers Game Worn Jersey
Lot #24

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1984-85 Nick Fotiu New York Rangers Game Worn Jersey
Lot #24
This road blue mesh gamer by Cosby was worn by Nick Fotiu during the 1984-85 NHL season. This Staten Island, NY native was a boxer who could have actually turned pro. Nick eventually became the Police Athletic League Boxing Champion before turning to hockey full time. Nick began his professional hockey career in the WHA with the New England Whalers in 1974-75. He spent two seasons in the WHA before getting the chance of a lifetime to join his beloved New York Rangers in 1976-77. Nick would spend 8 seasons with the Rangers in two different stints, becoming an instant fan favorite at the Garden. His 13-year NHL career also saw him play for the Hartford Whalers, the Calgary Flames, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Edmonton Oilers. Considered one of the best heavyweight fighters of his era, Fotiu racked up 1362 PIMS in 646 NHL games.

Sewn into the collar of this gamer is the Cosby, wash and size tagging. The game wear on this size 58 sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer and inner pilling. Fight abuse is also readily evident with plenty of washed out bloodstains, stitch pops and a partial tearaway of the back player number at the base of the custom fight strap. A New York Rangers gamer worn by Staten Island’s own, Nick Fotiu, is indeed a true hobby rarity; with this example being the first we’ve ever seen available at auction. It is in fact a key missing link in most NY Rangers and tough guy collections of sweaters. This well-worn example should please the most ardent Rangers collector and would become an instanst cornerstone in any collection of fighters and goons, choice!