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1996-97 Teppo Numminen Phoenix Coyotes Game Worn Jersey - Inaugural Season - Photo Match - Team Letter
Lot #149

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1996-97 Teppo Numminen Phoenix Coyotes Game Worn Jersey - Inaugural Season - Photo Match - Team Letter
Lot #149
This home white air-knit gamer by Starter was worn by Teppo Numminen during the 1996-97 NHL season, the first for the Phoenix Coyotes. The Winnipeg Jets selected Numminen in the 2nd round of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. After spending several years playing in the SM-liiga, this native of Tampere, Finland began his NHL career with Winnipeg in 1988-89. Teppo would spend 8 seasons with the Jets and then transferred with the franchise to Phoenix where he played for the next 7 seasons. Numminen would then spend a year in Dallas and 4 more with Buffalo before retiring. All told he spent 15 seasons playing for the Jets/Coyotes franchise and retired as their record holder for games played and points for a defenseman. In 2010, a year after retiring, the Coyotes paid tribute to Teppo by retiring his number 27. Numminen was a 3-time NHL All Star who represented Finland in the World Championships, 2 Canada Cups, 2 World Cups and 4 Olympics!

Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the alternate Captain’s “A”. The game wear on this 2nd set size 54 sweater consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, washed out bloodstains, a rusted fight strap and inner pilling. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Numminen wearing this exact jersey during the 1996-97 season. On the inside crest is a beautiful black sharpie signature in Teppo’s own hand. Sewn to the inside hem is the official Phoenix Coyotes game worn jersey and set tagging. Hailing from the first set of Coyotes game worn jerseys ever released to the public, this inaugural season gamer, complete with a letter of honor and a retired player number will forever be an important part of franchise history. This jersey will be accompanied by a Coyotes team letter.