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1991-92 Pat LaFontaine Buffalo Sabres Game Worn Jersey
Lot #12

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1991-92 Pat LaFontaine Buffalo Sabres Game Worn Jersey
Lot #12
This home white knit gamer by CCM was worn by Pat LaFontaine during the 1991-92 NHL season, Pat’s first with Buffalo. The New York Islanders selected Lafontaine with the 3rd overall pick in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. A regrettable string of unfortunate injuries struck Pat’s career in its prime and ultimately cost him what would surely have been very lofty career totals. This St. Louis, MO native spent 8 years with the Islanders before a trade sent him to Buffalo for the 1991-92 season. He spent 6 seasons with the Sabres and one final year with the New York Rangers before announcing his early retirement due to concussions.

Despite the injury-shortened career, Pat still managed seven 40-goal seasons including two of 50 or more. His 148 points in the 1992-93 campaign was one of the decade’s highest totals and earned him 2nd Team NHL All Star honors as the 1st Team selection went to Mario Lemieux. When injury forced LaFontaine into retirement, he took with him 468 career goals and over 1000 career points. LaFontaine was the 1994-95 winner of the Bill Masterton trophy for the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Pat was a staple in the NHL All Star game during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s as he blossomed into one of the sport’s biggest stars. He also dedicated himself to Team USA and represented them in 2 Olympics, 2 Canada Cups and the inaugural World Cup of Hockey. LaFontaine was one of the classiest players of his generation and was deservingly awarded with an induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the Captain’s “C”. Sewn to the right breast is the NHL’s 75-year anniversary patch. The game wear on this size 52 sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, plenty of board paint transfer from the old Aud in Buffalo and inner pilling. A beautiful black sharpie signature in LaFontaine’s own hand can be found on the front crest of this amazing sweater. LaFontaine joined the Sabres after a deal was consummated with the Islanders in exchange for Pierre Turgeon. LaFontaine made quite a first impression with the Buffalo fans as he played in 57 games and lit the lamp an astounding 46 times while adding 47 assists for a robust 93 points. Not to be forgotten were the 98 PIMS that Pat amassed. Furthermore, in 7 playoff games, LaFontaine netted 8 goals and 11 points. This incredible well-worn example hails from LaFontaine’s staggering first year in Buffalo and sports the prestigious letter of honor, a Hall of Fame worthy exemplar; choice!