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1985-86 Gary Suter Calgary Flames Game Worn Jersey - 1st NHL Jersey- -Calder Trophy – “1988 Calgary Olympic”
Lot #112

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1985-86 Gary Suter Calgary Flames Game Worn Jersey - 1st NHL Jersey- -Calder Trophy – “1988 Calgary Olympic”
Lot #112

This road red mesh and knit gamer by CCM was worn by Gary Suter during the 1985-86 NHL preseason, his rookie year. The jersey was originally worn by Kari Eloranta during the 1984-85 NHL season. The Calgary Flames selected Suter in the 9th round of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. After playing two seasons of college hockey at the University of Wisconsin, this Madison, WI native made his NHL debut in 1985-86 with Calgary. It was a magical year for Suter who won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year and then went to the Stanley Cup Finals later that spring. Suter spent 9 seasons with the Flames and won a Stanley Cup in 1989. He joined the Chicago Blackhawks in 1993-94 and spent parts of 5 seasons with the club before wrapping up his career several years later with the San Jose Sharks. In a 17-year NHL career, Suter was selected to play in 5 NHL All Star Games and was named 2nd Team NHL All Star in 1987-88. On the international stage, Suter represented Team USA in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, two Canada Cups and two Olympics. Suter was elected to the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.

Eloranta is a native of Lahti, Finland who made his NHL debut with the Calgary Flames in 1981-82. He played briefly with the St. Louis Blues later that season but returned home to Calgary the following year. Kari played 5 seasons in the NHL, spending all of them with the Flames.

Sewn to the left shoulder of this gamer is the 1988 Calgary Olympic 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, inner pilling and half a dozen team-sewn repairs. The original double cloth style fight strap remains knotted and affixed to the inner verso, just beneath the back player numbers. On the inside hem is a beautiful black sharpie signature in Suter’s own hand. Suter was tremendous as a rookie, playing in all 80 games and lighting the lamp 18 times while adding 50 assists for 68 points and tabbing a career best 141 PIMS. Gary was honored with the Calder Trophy as the NHL Rookie of the Year. His stellar season helped the Flames past the rival Edmonton Oilers dynasty and into their first Stanley Cup Finals later that spring. A well-worn Olympic patched offering that represents Suter’s first NHL game worn jersey from the preseason of his Calder Trophy winning campaign!