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1995-96 Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens Game Worn Jersey – The John Shipman Collection – John Shipman Letter
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1995-96 Patrick Roy Montreal Canadiens Game Worn Jersey – 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 home white knit gamer by CCM was worn by Patrick Roy during the 1995-96 NHL season, his last with the Montreal Canadiens. The Montreal Canadiens selected Roy in the 3rd round of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. This Quebec native made his NHL debut in 1984-85 with the Canadiens where he backstopped the team for 12 seasons. There are many who consider Roy to be the greatest goaltender in the history of the sport. He retired as the NHL’s all-time leader in wins with 551, a longstanding record that was previously held by the legendary Terry Sawchuk and has since been surpassed by Martin Brodeur. Roy is the current record holder with an amazing 151 playoff Wins, more than 50 victories better than Martin Brodeur who resides in second place. To go along with his four Stanley Cup rings, he carries three Conn Smythe Trophies as Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The first of those playoff MVP’s came as a rookie in 1986 when Roy led the upstart Canadiens back to Stanley Cup glory. To his credit are three Vezina Trophies and five Jennings Trophies, noting his excellence between the pipes. Patrick was 6-times a 1st or 2nd team NHL All Star who also played in double-digit NHL All Star Games.

Following parts of 12 seasons tending goal and a pair of Stanley Cups for the Montreal Canadiens, Roy was dealt to the expansion Colorado Avalanche where he continued his dominance and led his brethren to another pair of Stanley Cup titles. All told Patrick guarded the pipes over 19 NHL seasons. He went out while he was still one of the NHL’s best, posting 30+ Wins and 60+ games in each of his last 11 non-strike shortened seasons. His GAA in his final season was 2.18 while the season prior he posted a career best 1.94 GAA. Roy, who excelled during three different decades, will forever be viewed as one of hockey’s all-time greats. Roy was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame on his first ballot with the class of 2006.

The game wear on this size 58 Goalie cut sweater is solid and consists of stick and puck marks, goal post paint transfer, heavy pilling on the lower left sleeve thanks to Patrick’s new style catcher, nice collar pilling and heavy inner pilling throughout this magnificent sweater. Roy had a tumultuous final year in Montreal. He spent the 95-96 campaign at odds with first year Head Coach Mario Tremblay. Things came to a head on December 2, 1995 in a game at home in the Forum against the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit stormed out to a quick lead in the contest against what was a lackluster Canadiens defense that was offering Roy little support. As the game progressively got out of hand, Roy’s pleas for removal were left unanswered by his Head Coach. Roy was left between the pipes to face the Detroit firing squad and the hometown crowd grew restless. Following an easy save, the fans jeered Patrick who in response threw his arms up in the air in frustration. Tremblay finally acquiesced and pulled Roy from the game after the score became 9-1. Upon returning to the bench, Patrick famously told Canadiens President Ronald Corey, “I’ve just played my last game with the Canadiens”. Photos from Roy’s historic last evening as a member of the Canadiens are shown above.

Roy would appear in 22 games for the Canadiens before being dealt to Colorado following the aforementioned December game. Patrick played in 12 of those 22 games on home ice at the Forum in Montreal while wearing home white. This fresh to the hobby offering hails from the Hall of Fame Goaltender’s final season with Montreal, exhibits terrific game use and comes directly from the personal collection of former Montreal Canadiens assistant trainer John Shipman and is accompanied by his signed LOA, choice!