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1996-97 Dennis Vaske New York Islanders Pre-Season Game Worn Jersey - Fisherman Crest – “25-year Anniversary”
Lot #129

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1996-97 Dennis Vaske New York Islanders Pre-Season Game Worn Jersey - Fisherman Crest – “25-year Anniversary”
Lot #129

This road blue air-knit gamer by CCM was worn by Dennis Vaske during the 1996-97 preseason. The New York Islanders selected Vaske in the 2nd round of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. This Rockford, IL native played his college hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth before making his NHL debut in 1990-91 with the Islanders. Vaske spent 8 injury-plagued seasons on Long Island before playing briefly in 1998-99 with the Boston Bruins.


Sewn to the right breast of this gamer is the New York Islanders 25-year anniversary patch. The game wear on this size 54 sweater consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, material pulls and inner pilling. On the inside crest is a black sharpie dated signature in the equipment man’s own hand. The Fisherman crested era lasted merely two seasons on the Island. The second-year version of these gamers featured the Isles 25-year anniversary patch as well as a replacement crest after finding the initial version was too large. While most of the 25-year anniversary patches were removed by the team, this example features an all-original patch. Now nearly 25 years removed from the ice, these short-lived gamers are becoming increasingly more difficult to obtain as collectors realize their value.