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1996-98 Bryan Berard New York Islanders Game Worn Jersey Rookie - Calder Trophy - Photo Match
Lot #123

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1996-98 Bryan Berard New York Islanders Game Worn Jersey Rookie - Calder Trophy - Photo Match
Lot #123
This blue air-knit gamer by CCM was worn by Bryan Berard during the 1996-97 and 1997-98 NHL seasons, his rookie and sophomore NHL years. Berard, a native of Woonsocket Rhode Island, entered the NHL among much fanfare, being selected 1st overall by the Ottawa Senators and soon after traded to the New York Islanders. He began his career with the Islanders in 1996-97 and captured the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year. Seemingly on a path to stardom, Bryan followed his rookie season with an even better sophomore year as he netted 14 goals. During just his 3rd year on the Island, Mike Milbury dealt Berard to the Leafs in exchange for Felix Potvin. Bryan’s stellar work from the point gave the Leafs an immediate lift, vaulting them to the Eastern Conference Finals the year of his arrival. Late the following year, Berard suffered what looked to be a career ending eye injury. He battled against all odds and returned to the NHL in 2001-02 with the Rangers. He would go on to represent the Bruins, Blackhawks, Blue Jackets and once again the Islanders before retiring from the NHL in 2008, leaving many of us wondering what this talent might have produced were circumstances more kind.

The Islanders have added custom sleeve extensions to this jersey for Berard. This sweater was used as a road alternate during Berard’s rookie season and was then worn again as part of the Islanders regular road set during his sophomore season. Removed from the right breast is the NY Islanders 25-year anniversary patch from the 1996-97 season. The game wear on this size 56 sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, un-repaired burn holes, a heavily salted fight strap, pulls and inner pilling. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Berard wearing this exact jersey during his sophomore season with the outline of the anniversary patch for all to see. This jersey was part of the runs of NY Islanders team sets that we acquired from the team in the late 1990’s and it has remained as part of a single owner private collection ever since. An alluring customized photo matched offering that was worn during Berard’s Calder Trophy winning rookie of the year season as well as his sophomore campaign!