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1986-87 Mark Napier Edmonton Oilers Game Worn Jersey – Stanley Cup Season – Team Letter
Lot #47

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1986-87 Mark Napier Edmonton Oilers Game Worn Jersey – Stanley Cup Season – Team Letter
Lot #47

This road blue mesh gamer by Nike was worn by Mark Napier during the 1986-87 Stanley Cup winning season. The Montreal Canadiens selected Napier in the 1st round of the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft. This Toronto native made his professional debut in the WHA with the Toronto Toros in 1975-76. Napier played in Toronto for one season and then transferred with the franchise to become the Birmingham Bulls where he played for two more years, lighting up the WHA score sheets and earning a pair of WHA All Star Game appearances. Napier won the Lou Kaplan Trophy as the WHA’s Rookie of the Year in 1975-76 thanks to his 43-goal effort. The following season he lit the lamp a resounding 60 times; good for 3rd overall in WHA goal scoring! In 237 WHA games, Napier scored 136 goals and 254 points.

Napier made his NHL debut with the Montreal Canadiens in 1978-79 and won a Stanley Cup later that spring. He would spend parts of 6 seasons with Les Habitants before joining the Minnesota North Stars via trade in October 1983. Following parts of 2 years in Minnesota, Napier joined the Edmonton Oilers midway through the 1984-85 season and again won Lord Stanley’s Cup in his first year with his new team. Following 3 years in Edmonton, Napier wrapped up his NHL career spending parts of 3 seasons with the Buffalo Sabres. Although his NHL career wasn’t as dynamic as his WHA days, Napier did put forth a couple of 40-goal seasons during his time with Montreal.

The sleeves on this gamer have been custom shortened for Napier by the team. The game wear on this size XL sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, stitch pops, heavy inner pilling and several team-sewn repairs. Still affixed to the inner verso is Napier’s custom skate lace style fight strap. With the arrival of Danny Gare to the Oilers in September of 1986, Napier relinquished his player #18 to Gare and assumed the player #65 as a way of honoring the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, aka the 65 Roses Foundation. This jersey originated from the personal collection of the Edmonton Oilers former owner, Peter Pocklington. A terrific well-worn customized example from the Oilers third Stanley Cup winning season in four years. This jersey will be accompanied by an Oilers team letter.