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1987-88 Joe Kocur Red Wings Game Worn Jersey
Lot #171

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1987-88 Joe Kocur Red Wings Game Worn Jersey
Lot #171

This road red knit gamer by CCM and Eastside was worn by Joe Kocur during the 1987-88 NHL season. After being drafted in 1983, Kocur made his debut with Detroit during the 1984-85 season, playing an abbreviated 17 game schedule. In 1985-86 Joe dressed for only 59 games, but made the league take notice as he racked up 377 PIMS! The very next season, while wearing this jersey, Joe toned things down a bit compiling ‘only’ 276 PIMS. And on it went; during his first 7 seasons in the Motor City he continued to terrorize the league alongside his Bash Bros. teammate Bob Probert. In 1991, Kocur was dealt to the Rangers where he would spend his next 5 years. He did temper the bad boy act a bit on Broadway. After New York it was off to Vancouver for 7 games and then back to Detroit where Joe played his final 3 seasons. In 15 seasons Kocur racked up 2519 PIMS, placing him top-20 all-time. He will long be remembered as one of the fiercest fighters of his generation.

The sleeves of this gamer have been custom shortened by the team. The game wear on this sweater is tremendous consisting of stick marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, inner pilling and a dozen team-sewn repairs. Fight abuse is readily evident; the front of the collar has been tugged into submission with all of the stitching having popped away and with a small material run beginning to form beneath. The fight strap has lost the battle to salt deposits and subsequent rust, just the way you’d expect to see it! The cuffs feature stitch popping and a number of tiny runs due to stress on the material. It’s all there, a classic 1980’s heavyweight champions gamer with tremendous game use and equally impressive fight abuse.