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1988-89 Basil McRae Minnesota North Stars Game Worn Jersey - 400+ PIMS Season
Lot #32

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1988-89 Basil McRae Minnesota North Stars Game Worn Jersey - 400+ PIMS Season
Lot #32

This home white air-knit gamer by CCM and Team Choice was worn by Basil McRae during the 1988-89 NHL season. The Quebec Nordiques selected McRae in the 5th round of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. McRae began his NHL career with the Nordiques in 1981-82. After playing for two years with the Nords, McRae joined the Maple Leafs where he spent his next two seasons. Basil next spent parts of two years with the Red Wings in the mid 1980’s before rejoining Quebec for a 33 game stint in 1986-87. In 1987-88, McRae joined the Minnesota North Stars for what would be a 5-year stint. A partial season followed with the expansion Tampa Bay franchise before a mid season deal took Basil to St. Louis. McRae spent parts of the next 4 years with the Blues before putting the wraps on his career with the Chicago Blackhawks.

All told McRae spent 15 years running rampant over the NHL. Despite appearing in only 576 games during that span, McRae amassed 2453 PIMS, one of the all-time greatest per game averages the NHL has ever seen. His single season best came in 1987-88 with the North Stars when he rang up 378 PIMS. He followed that up the next two seasons with 365 PIMS and 351 PIMS, wow! Pop in any great NHL fight tape from Basil’s era and you’re sure to witness plenty of footage featuring this legendary pugilist.

Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the alternate Captain’s “A”. The game wear on this sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, stitch popping, material pulls, fine inner pilling and more than 50 team-sewn repairs! Fight abuse is abundant with washed out bloodstains, a stitch popped, torn and repaired collar and loads of abuse, salt and rust showing on the customized fight strap. McRae amassed 365 regular season PIMS and then added another 58 PIMS in just 5 playoff games during the 1988-89 campaign. A tremendous fight abused and overall hammered enforcers gamer, complete with letter of honor and worn by one of the NHL’s all-time great pugilists during his legendary 400+ PIMS season!