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1986-87 Clark Gillies Buffalo Sabres Game Worn Jersey - Photo Match
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1986-87 Clark Gillies Buffalo Sabres Game Worn Jersey - Photo Match
Lot #5
This road blue knit gamer by CCM was worn by Clark Gillies during the 1986-87 NHL season. The New York Islanders selected Gillies with the 4th overall pick in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft. “Jethro” joined the Islanders for the start of the 1974-75 season and not coincidentally helped lead the team to their first ever playoff appearance later that spring. It was a thrashing of Philadelphia’s goon, Dave Schultz, during the 1975 Semi Finals that served notice to the league that Clark was a force to be reckoned with. The Isles lost a hard-fought series in 7 games to the Flyers after trailing three games to none for the 2nd series in a row, thus finishing a game shy of the Stanley Cup Finals in only their 3rd season as a franchise.

Gillies soon after became the NHL’s premier power forward, a title he held throughout the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. In addition to his devastating fighting prowess, Clark was 6-times a 30-Goal scorer and he was part of one of the best lines in NHL history playing Left Wing alongside fellow Hall of Famers Bryan Trottier and Mike Bossy. Gillies was named 1st Team NHL All Star in 1978 and 1979 and he played in the NHL All Star Game in 1978 as well as in the 1979 Challenge Cup, a 3-game series against the Soviet Union. Gillies also represented Team Canada on the international stage during the 1981 Canada Cup. Clark served several years as the Islanders Team Captain in the late 1970’s after taking over from Ed Westfall and thus became the 2nd Captain in franchise history. Gillies played in five consecutive Stanley Cup Finals from 1980-84 and won 4 straight Stanley Cups as the New York Islanders gained Dynasty status. The Islanders honored Gillies by raising his player number 9 to the rafters and retiring it never to be worn again by the franchise. Jethro spent his final two seasons with the Buffalo Sabres before retiring in 1988. Gillies was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame with the class of 2002.

Sewn into the collar of this gamer is the born-on date “86-01”. The game wear on this sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, plenty of board burns and board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, trauma, inner pilling and a fight strap that has lost the battle to salt and rust. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Gillies wearing this exact jersey during the 1986-87 season. Though towards the end of his career, Gillies still mixed it up aplenty as evidenced by his 81 PIMS in 61 games played while wearing this sweater during road games while in his first season with his new teammates. A terrific well-worn photo matched example, donned by this Hall of Famer during his first season with the Buffalo Sabres, choice!