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1988-89 Bob Gainey Canadiens Game Worn Jersey – The John Shipman Collection – John Shipman Letter
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1988-89 Bob Gainey Canadiens Game Worn Jersey – The John Shipman Collection – John Shipman Letter
Lot #348
GAMEWORNAUCTIONS.NET is pleased to present The John Shipman Collection. This exciting collection of game worn jerseys, game used sticks, game worn equipment and memorabilia come directly from the personal collection of John Shipman. Mr. Shipman personally collected and preserved these items over the course of his tenure as the Montreal Canadiens assistant trainer from 1988-97. A signed letter from Mr. Shipman will accompany your purchase.

This home white knit gamer by CCM was worn by Bob Gainey during the 1988-89 NHL season. The Montreal Canadiens selected Gainey in the 1st round of the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft. This Peterborough native made his NHL debut in 1973-74 with the Canadiens where he spent all 16 years and 1160 games of his Hall of Fame playing career. During that time, Bob established himself as the best defensive forward of his generation and for that matter of all-time. The prestigious Frank J. Selke Trophy was created to honor Gainey, and as such he captured it in its first four years of existence. Gainey won five Stanley Cup Championships during his career and was the Conn Smythe winner as playoff MVP in 1978-79, as the Canadiens officially became a hockey dynasty by winning their 4th consecutive Stanley Cup. During the Cold War era of the mid to late 1970’s, the Soviet Union considered Gainey to be the North America’s best all-around player, quite a statement. Gainey is a four-time NHL All Star who also represented Team Canada in the 1976 and 1981 Canada Cups. Gainey was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992 in his first year of eligibility.

Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the Captain’s “C”. The game wear on this sweater consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer from the Montreal Forum, washed out bloodstains, material pulls and inner pilling. Worn on home ice during the Hall of Famer’s final NHL season, Bob would lead the Canadiens back to the Stanley Cup Finals for the 6th time during his 16-year NHL career. A beautiful fresh to the hobby offering, complete with the coveted letter of honor and coming directly from the personal collection of former Montreal Canadiens assistant trainer John Shipman and is accompanied by his signed LOA, choice!