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1993-94 Portland Pirates Championship Banner - The W. Godfrey Wood Collection - W. Godfrey Letter
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1993-94 Portland Pirates Championship Banner - The W. Godfrey Wood Collection - W. Godfrey Letter
Lot #562

This fresh to the hobby example comes directly from the personal collection of W. Godfrey Wood. A letter of provenance signed by W. Godfrey Wood will accompany your purchase. These exciting items are being offered to the hobby for the first time via the Fall 2019 Auction, exclusively at GAMEWORNAUCTIONS.NET.



Godfrey’s athletic bloodlines run deep as he is the son of 1931 Wimbledon Champion Sidney Wood. Godfrey became a legendary Goalie for Harvard University, where he was coached by Hall of Famer Cooney Weiland, and still holds the collegiate season record with a 1.27 GAA. His save percentage of .945 ranks second in all-time NCAA standings, just .001 behind the all-time mark of .946. Wood was famously the last man cut from the 1964 US Olympic Hockey Team.

In 1971, Godfrey Wood teamed with Howard Baldwin to become the founding partners of the WHA’s New England Whalers. In their first year of existence, the New England Whalers won the Avco Cup Trophy. Godfrey Wood’s name is inscribed on the Cup along with the rest of the first year New England Whalers. Wood later was part of a group that, in 1985, bid for ownership of the Boston Bruins. In 1990, he served as the front man for Boston Red Sox owner John Henry’s unsuccessful Miami expansion bid in the NHL, the bid was awarded to a group represented by Phil Esposito representing Tampa Bay. Godfrey was also the owner of the ECHL’s Nashville Knights for several years in the early 1990’s. In 1993, Godfrey partnered with Tom Ebright, the owner of the Baltimore Skipjacks, and the two agreed to move the Baltimore franchise to Portland, Maine. Wood then served for three seasons as the Portland Pirates GM and CEO and, in their first year of existence, won the Calder Cup Championship.

This one-of-a-kind approx. 5’ x 10’ Championship Banner hung proudly at the Cumberland County Civic Center (now known as the Cross Insurance Arena) to commemorate the Portland Pirates Calder Cup Championship in their first year of existence 1993-94. It was the Pirates only Calder Cup Championship in the 23-year history of the franchise. The Pirates were lead by Kevin “Killer” Kaminski, Kent Hulst, Jeff Nelson, Byron Dafoe and Olaf Kolzig. We are pleased to bring this one-of-a-kind banner to the hobby for the first time, directly from the personal collection of W. Godfrey Wood.