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1996-97 Neal Broten Phoenix Roadrunners Game Worn Jersey – “20-year Anniversary” - Miracle On Ice alum
Lot #217

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1996-97 Neal Broten Phoenix Roadrunners Game Worn Jersey – “20-year Anniversary” - Miracle On Ice alum
Lot #217

This road blue knit gamer by Bauer was worn by Neal Broten during the 1996-97 IHL season. The Minnesota North Stars selected Broten in the 3rd round of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. Broten, a native of Roseau, MN was a key member of the celebrated 1980 U.S. Olympic Gold Medal winning ‘Do you believe in Miracles’ squad. After skating for the University of Minnesota and winning a National Championship and the Hobey Baker Award, Neal joined his hometown Minnesota North Stars and, as a rookie, played in his first of three Stanley Cup Finals. Neal hails as the greatest Minnesota born player in NHL history and is a member of the US Hockey Hall of Fame. In 1985-86, Broten became the first American born player to score 100 points in a season with a 105 point effort. Broten tallied 923 points over the course of his 1099 game 17-year NHL career. He was also the first player in the history of sport to win a championship at the collegiate, professional and Olympic levels.

In 1994-95, after spending 15 seasons with the Minnesota/Dallas franchise, Broten joined the New Jersey Devils and provided that missing veteran leadership as they went onto win their first ever Stanley Cup title. Neal spent parts of 3 seasons in New Jersey, a partial year with the Kings and then 20 more games with the Stars where he scored 8 goals and 15 points as he wrapped up his NHL career. A year after retiring, the Dallas Stars honored Broten by retiring his player number 7. This iconic Gold Medal winner and U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer was a two-time NHL All Star and was the recipient of the 1998 Lester Patrick Trophy.

Sewn to the right breast of this gamer is the Phoenix Roadrunners 20-year anniversary patch. The body of this sweater has been custom shortened for Broten by the team. The game wear on this size 54 sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes and fine inner pilling. Also worthy of mention is evidence of a nameplate change as this sweater was worn by another Roadrunner prior to Broten. A fantastic patched offering that marked the only time this US Hockey Hall of Famer spent in the minor leagues.