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1996-98 Ken Belanger New York Islanders Game Worn Jersey – Team Letter
Lot #127

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1996-98 Ken Belanger New York Islanders Game Worn Jersey – Team Letter
Lot #127

This home white air-knit gamer by CCM was worn by Ken Belanger during the 1996-98 NHL seasons. The Hartford Whalers selected Belanger in the 7th round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. Belanger was an enforcer who started his career in 1994-95 with Toronto. He joined the New York Islanders the following season and spent parts of 4 years in New York. During the 1998-99 season Belanger joined the Boston Bruins where he played for 3 years before wrapping up his career with a 3-year stint in Los Angeles with the Kings. This 6’ 4” enforcer racked up 695 PIMS in 248 games played.

This jersey was originally part of the team sets that we acquired directly from the New York Islanders a couple of decades ago. The sleeves on this gamer have been opened up to allow this enforcer more room to let em’ fly. The game wear on this size 56 sweater consists of stick marks, board burns, un-repaired burn holes, washed out bloodstains and inner pilling. Removed from the right breast of this gamer is the New York Islanders 25-year anniversary patch. On the inside crest in black sharpie is the year designation “96-97” and a signature by the Islanders equipment man. The mid 1990’s saw the Islanders experiment with a new style jersey. After wearing a Fisherman crest during the 1995-96 season, the team introduced this style as an alternate to the Fisherman crest in 1996-97. In 1997-98, the Isles abandoned the Fisherman crests and went exclusively to this style, making use of the alternates from the year prior. Now a couple of decades removed from the ice, these short-lived gamers are becoming increasingly more difficult to obtain as collectors realize their value. A terrific enforcer’s sweater worn at Nassau Coliseum over the course of two seasons as Belanger played in 55 games and amassed 203 PIMS. This jersey will be accompanied by an Islanders team letter.