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1989-90 Chris Chelios Montreal Canadiens Game Worn Jersey Photo Match All Star Season The John Shipman Collection John Shipman Letter
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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 road red knit gamer by CCM was worn by Chris Chelios during the 1989-90 NHL season. The Montreal Canadiens selected Chelios in the 2nd round of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. This Chicago native played his college hockey at the University of Wisconsin before making his NHL debut in 1983-84 with the Canadiens. Chris spent 7 seasons with Montreal. During that time he became the Team Captain, won his first Norris Trophy and played in two Stanley Cup Finals, walking away with the 1986 Stanley Cup Championship. Following the 1989-90 season, the Canadiens dealt Chelios to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Denis Savard. Chelios led the Blackhawks into battle for 9 seasons, becoming the Team Captain, winning a pair of Norris Trophies and making one more trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Detroit Red Wings acquired Chelios from Chicago at the trade deadline in 1999. Chris spent 10 seasons manning the blueline in Detroit where won the 2001-02 Bud Light Plus-Minus Award and the 2006-07 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award. Chris led his team to three more Stanley Cup Finals and walked away with two more Stanley Cup Rings. Chelios played one final abbreviated NHL season with the Atlanta Thrashers, where he partook in the final 7 games of his storied career.

With his NHL career officially in the books, we can reflect upon just how great it was. Chris played in 1651 games over the course of 26 NHL seasons. During that span, he scored 948 points and racked up 2891 PIMS. His playoff career spanned 266 games where he added another 144 points and 423 PIMS. Chelios was a three-time Norris Trophy winner as the NHL’s best defenseman. He was five-times a 1st Team NHL All Star and twice more a 2nd Team NHL All Star. Chris partook in a resounding 11 NHL All Star Games. Chicago born, Chelios was a legendary figure for Team USA through the decades. He played in the 1984, 1987 and 1991 Canada Cups, the 1996 and 2004 World Cup of Hockey and also played in the 1984, 1998, 2002 and 2006 Olympics! In addition to serving as the Captain for Team USA, this legendary warrior also served as Team Captain for the NHL All Star Team, the Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Blackhawks. Considered one of hockey’s all-time great leaders, Chelios was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame on his first ballot with the class of 2013.

The cuffs on this jersey have been opened up for Chelios at the seam. Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the Captain’s “C”. The game wear on this sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, stitch pops, washed out bloodstains, heavy inner pilling and 20 team-sewn repairs. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Chelios wearing this exact jersey during the 1989-90 season. Chelios went to battle in this sweater throughout his final season with the Canadiens as he amassed 136 PIMS in 53 games played while earning his second-ever NHL All Star appearance. A well-worn photo matched 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!