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1996 Paul Coffey Team Canada World Cup Game Worn Jersey - NHLPA Letter
Lot #95

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1996 Paul Coffey Team Canada World Cup Game Worn Jersey - NHLPA Letter
Lot #95
This white air-knit gamer by Bauer was worn by Paul Coffey during the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996. The Edmonton Oilers selected Coffey with the 6th pick in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. He broke camp with the club in 1980 and never looked back, eventually becoming the 2nd highest scoring defenseman in league history. Coffey spent his formative years, 7 seasons in all, with the Oilers as this group of talented youngsters turned into a dynasty. During his time in Edmonton, Coffey celebrated the franchise’s first 3 Stanley Cups in ‘84, ‘85 and ‘87. On November 24th 1987, Coffey was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he would team with Mario Lemiuex for the next 5 years, while helping their franchise to their first Stanley Cup title in 1991. Paul spent the last decade of his career with a number of clubs. He was reunited with Gretzky and Kurri in Los Angeles in the early 1990’s. He eventually helped two of his new clubs, Detroit and Philadelphia, to Stanley Cup Finals appearances in the mid 1990’s.

Coffey ended his illustrious career second to only Ray Bourque in all-time goals 396, assists 1135 and points 1531 scored by a defenseman. These incredible totals rank him 5th on the all-time assist list and 12th on the all-time points list. Coffey’s playoff acumen is no less impressive having tallied nearly 200 career playoff points, which places him 5th all-time. Coffey has eight 1st or 2nd team NHL All Star selections to his credit. He played in an astounding 14 NHL All Star games. Internationally, Paul represented Team Canada in 3 Canada Cups and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. His impressive hardware case includes 3 Norris trophies as leagues best defenseman and 4 Stanley Cup championships. Paul is considered one of the game’s all-time greats and was so recognized in ‘The Hockey News’ book that ranked the 50 greatest players in NHL history. Coffey was honored as the 28th greatest player in NHL history in that publication. The part he played in the Edmonton Oilers dynasty was invaluable, and helped form the deadliest offensive machine ever put on the ice. His single season record for a defenseman of 48 goals, recorded in 1985-86 will likely never be topped. Paul was one of the league’s finest skaters and images of him gliding down the ice wearing the Oilers blue and orange won’t soon be forgotten. He is a most deserving Hall of Famer and was one of the finest offensive weapons in NHL history.

After undergoing a name change from the Canada Cup to the World Cup, an incredible tournament ensued, producing some unbelievable nail-biting action. Eventually, Team Canada would square off against Team USA in the finals in what was some of the best hockey of our generation. Before Canada reached the Finals, they played a game for the ages against Team Sweden in the Semi-Finals. They needed until 19:47 of the 2nd overtime to defeat Sweden and reach the Finals! In the best of 3 Final round, it took a very late 3rd period comeback in the 3rd and deciding game before Team USA pulled off the upset to defeat Team Canada. Offered here is Paul Coffey’s white gamer from that memorable and historic international tournament.

Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the alternate Captain’s “A”. Sewn to the right breast is the 1996 World Cup of Hockey patch and the Bauer logo. The game wear on this size 56 sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes and areas of pilling both inside and out. Affixed to the inside hem is the official Nike barcode. Overall, a tremendous Hall of Fame offering worn during the memorable and historic inaugural World Cup of Hockey, choice! This jersey will be accompanied by an NHLPA letter.