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1984 Al Iafrate Team USA Pre-Olympic Game Worn Jersey - The St. Paul, Minnesota Collection
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1984 Al Iafrate Team USA Pre-Olympic Game Worn Jersey - The St. Paul, Minnesota Collection
Lot #59

This 1984 Team USA Pre-Olympic jersey was originally sold as part of “The St. Paul, Minnesota Collection” which GAMEWORNAUCTIONS.NET exclusively brought to the hobby in our Fall 2015 Auction.

This white heavy mesh gamer by Pedersons was worn by Al Iafrate while skating for Team USA during the 1984 Pre-Olympic schedule. 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 played for parts of four seasons with the Capitals before finishing up his career with a partial season in Boston and two 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 talented rearguard played in four NHL All Star games and was named 2nd Team NHL All Star in 1993. His booming slapper was often clocked at better than 100 MPH and captured the hardest shot event at the Skills competition. That helped him eclipse the 20-goal plateau on 3 occasions, with a career best of 25 coming in 1992-93 with Washington. “Big Al” also played with an edge as evidenced by his string of 6 consecutive triple digit PIMS seasons and a career best of 180 PIMS coming in 1991-92 with the Capitals.

Prior to joining the NHL, Iafrate played in 55 games for Team USA leading up to the 1984 Olympics. Al then played in 6 more games during the 84 Olympics in Sarajevo as the world watched to see if Team USA could repeat the Lake Placid magic and capture Olympic Gold. Team USA wore these mesh sweaters by Pedersons into the month of December when they were replaced with a set produced by Cooper. Team USA played 12 of their 60+ game schedule at the Met in Minnesota, which only adds to the allure of this pre-rookie gamer. The game wear on this size XXL sweater consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes and fine inner pilling. This exciting international offering hails from The St. Paul, Minnesota Collection and was worn by Iafrate during his pre-rookie days as he battled on behalf of Team USA en route to the Olympics.