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1987-88 Bob Gainey Canadiens Game Worn Jersey
Lot #28

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1987-88 Bob Gainey Canadiens Game Worn Jersey
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1987-88 Bob Gainey Canadiens Game Worn Jersey
Lot #28

This home white knit gamer by CCM was worn by Bob Gainey during the 1987-88 NHL season. Gainey was a career Montreal Canadien, spending all of his 16 seasons with the club. He served as team Captain for the legendary franchise during 8 different seasons in the decade of the 1980’s. Bob is recognized as one of the greatest defensive forwards in the history of the sport. He was the player called upon to shut down the opposing team’s top scoring line, and was perhaps the most successful player ever at doing so. He was also a relentless penalty killer whose mark was felt as the Habs rolled to title after title.

Bob won 5 Stanley Cup championships in Montreal. He was the winner of the Conn Smythe award for playoff MVP in 1979, thus cementing one of hockey’s greatest all-time dynasties as the Habs won their 4th consecutive Stanley Cup. Gainey was the recipient of the first (4) Frank J. Selke trophies as the best defensive forward in hockey, an award that may have been created to honor Gainey himself. There is never a conversation that discusses the greatest defensive forwards of all time that doesn’t include this man’s name. He is considered by many to be the glue that kept this storied franchise strong as personnel changes were made and a 1970’s dynasty was dismantled. His induction into Hockey’s Hall of Fame came as no surprise to anybody that watched this man play the game.

Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the Captain’s “C”. The game use on this example is as nice as you’ll likely find on a late era Gainey. Despite the Canadiens finest dry cleaning efforts there remain stick marks, board burns, plenty of recognizable Montreal Forum board paint transfer, washed out bloodstains, fine inner pilling and no less than 2 dozen team-sewn repairs.