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1985-86 Pat LaFontaine New York Islanders Game Worn Jersey Photo Match The Terrence Murphy Collection Joe Murphy Letter
Lot #16

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1985-86 Pat LaFontaine New York Islanders Game Worn Jersey Photo Match The Terrence Murphy Collection Joe Murphy Letter
Lot #16

This fresh to the hobby example comes directly from the personal collection of longtime New York Islanders employee Terrence Murphy. Terry worked for the New York Islanders from 1983 through 1992, beginning as their stick boy until being promoted to Assistant Equipment Manager in 1988. A letter of provenance signed by Mr. Murphy’s son will accompany your purchase. These exciting items are being offered to the hobby for the first time exclusively at GAMEWORNAUCTIONS.NET.

This home white knit gamer by CCM was worn by Pat LaFontaine during the 1985-86 NHL season. The New York Islanders selected Lafontaine with the 3rd overall pick in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. This St. Louis, MO native made his NHL debut in 1983-84 with the New York Islanders where he starred for 8 seasons before a blockbuster trade in 1991 sent him to the Buffalo Sabres. Pat spent 6 seasons with the Sabres and one final year with the New York Rangers before announcing his early retirement due to concussions. A regrettable string of injuries struck Pat’s career in its prime and ultimately cost him what would surely have been very lofty elite NHL totals.

Despite the injury-shortened career, Pat still managed seven 40-goal seasons including two of 50 or more. His 148 points during the 1992-93 campaign was one of the decade’s highest totals and earned him 2nd Team NHL All Star honors. When injury forced LaFontaine into retirement, he took with him 468 career goals and over 1000 career points. LaFontaine was the 1994-95 winner of the Bill Masterton trophy for the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Pat was a staple in the NHL All Star game during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s as he blossomed into one of the sport’s biggest stars. He also dedicated himself to Team USA and represented them in two Olympics, two Canada Cups and the inaugural World Cup of Hockey. LaFontaine was one of the classiest players of his generation and was deservingly awarded with an induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Sewn into the collar of this gamer is the born on date “85-01”. The game wear on this sweater is tremendous and consists of numerous stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer from the Nassau Coliseum, un-repaired burn holes, material pulls, washed out bloodstains, heavy inner and collar pilling and a dozen and a half team-sewn repairs. Shown above are some beautiful photo matches of LaFontaine wearing this exact jersey during the 1985-86 season. Also worthy of mention is a nameplate change. The 1985-86 season was LaFontaine’s second full year in the NHL and was his first 30-goal campaign. Pat partook in 65 games and lit the lamp exactly 30 times while wearing this sweater in front of the hometown fans. This hammered fresh to the hobby photo matched offering hails from this Hall of Famer’s second full NHL season and comes directly from the personal collection of Terrence Murphy, choice!