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1987 Paul Coffey Team Canada Canada Cup Pre-Tournament Game Worn Jersey - Photo Match
Lot #10

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1987 Paul Coffey Team Canada Canada Cup Pre-Tournament Game Worn Jersey - Photo Match
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1987 Paul Coffey Team Canada Canada Cup Pre-Tournament Game Worn Jersey - Photo Match
Lot #10
This important piece of Team Canada history can be traced directly back to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Canada Auction. The auction took place in Edmonton Alberta on November 10th 1992. The auction featured 3 game worn 1987 Team Canada jerseys, Gretzky, Messier and Coffey. We are proud to have been able to offer two of those three standout jerseys to the hobby, the Messier and Coffey, both of which were purchased at auction from the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Canada in Edmonton, 1992.

This stunning white air-knit gamer by CCM was worn by Paul Coffey during the 1987 Canada Cup Pre-Tournament. The Edmonton Oilers selected Coffey with the 6th pick in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. He broke camp with the club in 1980 and never looked back, eventually becoming the 2nd highest scoring defenseman in league history. Coffey spent his formative years, 7 seasons in all, with the Oilers as this group of talented youngsters turned into a dynasty. During his time in Edmonton, Coffey celebrated the franchise’s first 3 Stanley Cups in ‘84, ‘85 and ‘87. On November 24th 1987, Coffey was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he would team with Mario Lemiuex for the next 5 years, while helping their franchise to their first Stanley Cup title in 1991. Paul spent the last decade of his career with a number of clubs. He was reunited with Gretzky and Kurri in Los Angeles in the early 1990’s. He eventually helped two of his new clubs, Detroit and Philadelphia, to Stanley Cup Finals appearances in the mid 1990’s.

Coffey ended his illustrious career second to only Ray Bourque in all-time goals 396, assists 1135 and points 1531 scored by a defenseman. These incredible totals rank him 5th on the all-time assist list and 12th on the all-time points list. Coffey’s playoff acumen is no less impressive having tallied nearly 200 career playoff points, which places him 5th all-time. Coffey has eight 1st or 2nd team NHL All Star selections to his credit. He played in an astounding 14 NHL All Star games. Internationally, Paul represented Team Canada in 3 Canada Cups and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. His impressive hardware case includes 3 Norris trophies as leagues best defenseman and 4 Stanley Cup championships. Paul is considered one of the game’s all-time greats and was so recognized in ‘The Hockey News’ book that ranked the 50 greatest players in NHL history. Coffey was honored as the 28th greatest player in NHL history in that publication.

The part he played in the Edmonton Oilers dynasty was invaluable, and helped form the deadliest offensive machine ever put on the ice. His single season record for a defenseman of 48 goals, recorded in 1985-86, will likely never be topped. Paul was one of the league’s finest skaters and images of him gliding down the ice wearing the Oilers blue and orange won’t soon be forgotten. He is a most deserving Hall of Famer and was one of the finest offensive weapons in NHL history.

Offered here is Coffey’s 1987 Canada Cup gamer, from the pre-tournament part of the historic series. What began in the blazing summer heat of August, with dozens of Canadian star players from all over the NHL arriving at camp to try to earn their spot in this prestigious tournament, ended in grand fashion as Team Canada won the deciding game in dramatic fashion against the Soviet Union on a goal by Mario Lemieux, assisted by Wayne Gretzky, with less than 2 minutes to go in the 3rd and deciding Finals game. The fight for a prestigious roster spot was fierce while waging war in the pre-tournament as Team Canada clashed with Team USA, the Canadian Olympic Team and the dreaded Russians. Future Hall of Famers and star players including but not limited to Patrick Roy, Cam Neely, Steve Yzerman, Dino Ciccarelli, Wendel Clark, Al Macinnis and Scott Stevens all failed to make the final cut!

 Worthy of mention is that the 1987 Canada Cup marked the last time that Coffey was officially still a teammate of all of his Edmonton Oilers brethren. It would be the last time he went to battle with Gretzky, Messier, Anderson and Fuhr while still a member of the Oilers, as he would be traded to Pittsburgh a couple of months after the Canada Cup ended. The game wear on this size 52 sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, an un-repaired hole on the left elbow, sweat stains, pilling and a well-salted fight strap. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Coffey wearing this exact jersey in the 1987 Canada Cup during the post-game handshake following a game against the Russians. Having set the goal scoring record for defenseman with 48, winning 3 Stanley Cups and the 1984 Canada Cup in just the past 4 years, there was little doubt that Coffey was in his prime while he wore this stunning jersey. A fantastic piece of Team Canada history, complete with a stunning photo match and worn by one of hockey’s all-time great defenseman, choice!