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1987-88 Dave Semenko Toronto Maple Leafs Game Worn Jersey - Retired #27 (Darryl Sittler & Frank Mahovlich)
Lot #198

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1987-88 Dave Semenko Toronto Maple Leafs Game Worn Jersey - Retired #27 (Darryl Sittler & Frank Mahovlich)
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1987-88 Dave Semenko Toronto Maple Leafs Game Worn Jersey - Retired #27 (Darryl Sittler & Frank Mahovlich)
Lot #198

GAMEWORNAUCTIONS.NET is pleased to bring this exciting collection of game worn enforcers, tough guys and instigators to the hobby exclusively thru our Fall 2018 Auction. These 11 NHL and minor league game worn jerseys have been held in a private collection since being purchased beginning nearly 20 years ago and have been out of hobby circulation ever since. Included in this group of legendary tough guys are some extremely difficult to find players and styles, most which are being offered at auction for the first time!

We attribute this home white knit gamer by Maska to having been last worn by Dave Semenko during the 1987-88 NHL season. The Minnesota North Stars and Houston Aeros each selected Semenko in the 2nd round of their respective Entry Drafts. Dave chose to begin his career in the WHA and did so with the Edmonton Oilers after they obtained his rights from Houston. Semenko’s legend began with the Oilers, with whom he played for parts of 10 seasons, 2 in the WHA and 8 in the NHL. During that time Semenko provided muscle and leadership while serving as Wayne Gretzky’s on-ice bodyguard, a badge of honor he was proud to wear. Semenko trekked to 3 consecutive Stanley Cup Finals between 1983-85 and walked away with 2 Championship Rings. He was dealt to the Hartford Whalers early on in the 1986-87 season and then ended his career the following year in Toronto. Known as one of the toughest customers around, Semenko took on all comers and was a true NHL & WHA heavyweight enforcer. Sadly, the hockey world mourned upon learning of the passing of Semenko in the summer of 2017 at just 59 years of age.

The game wear on this sweater consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes and inner pilling. Fight abuse is evident with a torn and un-repaired rear collar, washed out bloodstains and a heavily reinforced custom skate lace fight strap on the inner verso. This custom fight strap is reminiscent of those used by Semenko during his time with the Leafs. The Leafs were noted recyclers with many of their early 1980’s Maska jerseys, using them later on in the decade. Also worthy of mention is the Shannon nameplate. Darryl Shannon, whose personal collection we auctioned earlier this year, joined the Leafs following Semenko’s departure. We surmise this jersey was readied for Shannon upon his arrival, though according to Darryl, he has no recollection of ever wearing #27 during his tenure with Toronto. While a photo match has thus far proved elusive, the obvious fight abuse and Semenko style fight strap lead us to our attribution. The images shown above show Semenko’s custom skate lace fight strap during one of his on ice fights from the 1987-88 season. A terrific vintage Leafs gamer that sports the legendary retired number of Darryl Sittler and Frank Mahovlich and is attributed to Semenko’s last NHL season. A gamer that is making its return to the hobby after being out of circulation for quite some time.