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1996-97 Mike Vernon Detroit Red Wings Game Worn Jersey - Stanley Cup Season - Conn Smythe Trophy
Lot #114

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1996-97 Mike Vernon Detroit Red Wings Game Worn Jersey - Stanley Cup Season - Conn Smythe Trophy
Lot #114

This home white air-knit gamer by Nike was worn by Mike Vernon during the 1996-97 Stanley Cup winning season. The Calgary Flames selected Vernon in the 3rd round of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. This Calgary native starred locally with the WHL’s Calgary Wranglers, thus prompting the Flames to select him. He soon became the WHL’s most accomplished player, winning the 1982 and 1983 WHL Player of the Year, Goaltender of the Year and being named 1st Team WHL All Star both seasons. Vernon got his first NHL call-up in 1982-83 where he played a couple of games. The following season he played just a single NHL game. Vernon didn’t see another NHL game until he was called up in 1985-86. He captured the starting job that season and never looked back, leading the Flames to the Stanley Cup Finals that spring. Vernon spent 11 seasons wearing a Flames uniform his first go around and another 2 prior to retiring in 2002. He led the Flames to their 1st Stanley Cup title in 1989 and was honored by Calgary when they retired his number 30 to the rafters in 2007.z

Vernon spent 6 seasons away from his hometown where he represented the Red Wings, Sharks and Panthers. He led Detroit to 2 Stanley Cup Finals in 3 seasons with the club and was brilliant during their 1997 Championship run, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Mike captured the Jennings Trophy in 1996 and was a 2nd Team NHL All Star in 1989 with Calgary. This 5-time NHL All Star retired with 385 career Wins, which places him just outside of the Top 10 on the all-time list, and he remains eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame. 

This jersey has been customized for Vernon by the Red Wings as the sleeves and body have both been shortened. The game wear on this 1st set size 56 sweater is solid and consists of stick and puck marks, heavy pilling and stitch pops and separation to the front collar. The 1996-97 season was the year that saw Vernon square off with Patrick Roy on a day remembered as “Bloody Wednesday”. A picture of that infamous brawl that featured the 2 goalies is shown above. The official Detroit Red Wings game worn jersey information is found on the inside hem. Vernon was absolutely spectacular between the pipes for the Wings in the spring of 1997 as he assumed the starting role and led Detroit to their first Stanley Cup Championship in a generation. Vernon captured the Conn Smythe for his outstanding efforts in the playoffs. A wonderful example that was worn during the 1st half of the first Stanley Cup winning season of the Yzerman era in the Motor City.