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1997-98 Igor Larionov Detroit Red Wings Game Worn Jersey - “Believe” - Stanley Cup Season – Team Letter
Lot #102

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1997-98 Igor Larionov Detroit Red Wings Game Worn Jersey - “Believe” - Stanley Cup Season – Team Letter
Lot #102
This home white air-knit gamer by Nike was worn by Igor Larionov during the 1997-98 Stanley Cup winning season. Larionov is considered one of the greatest Russian players in history. He began playing professionally for the Soviet Union at 17 years of age. Igor partook in his first of 3 Canada Cups in 1981. He would partake in 3 different Olympics, the World Cup of Hockey, Rendezvous ‘87, a couple of Super Series and numerous other international competitions. Igor owns 6 Gold Medals, was a 4-time 1st Team USSR All Star and was named the 1988 USSR Player of the Year. He will be best remembered for centering the legendary ‘KLM’ line that included wingers Sergei Makarov and Vladimir Krutov. 

After a dozen years in Russia, Larionov joined the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks who had the foresight to draft him in the 11th round of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. Igor played for Vancouver for 3 seasons and then spent parts of 3 more in San Jose. In 1995-96, Larionov had the good fortune to join the Detroit Red Wings where he was teamed up with some of the finest Russian born players on the planet. Over the next 8 years, Larionov and the Red Wings won 3 Stanley Cups. Larionov retired following the 2003-04 season and was rightfully a first ballot inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.

Sewn to the right breast of this gamer is the VK & SM “Believe” patch, in commemoration of the tragic limousine accident involving teammate Vladimir Konstantinov and team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov following the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals celebration. The game wear on this 1st set size 54 sweater is tremendous and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, washed out bloodstains, material pulls, heavy inner pilling and half a dozen team-sewn repairs. On the inside hem is the official Detroit Red Wings game worn jersey and set information. A well-worn Hall of Fame quality offering, complete with the coveted “Believe” patch and worn by “The Professor” as he helped lead the “Russian 5” and his Red Wings to back-to-back Stanley Cups. Our consignor purchased this jersey directly from the Red Wings following the season. It has remained tucked away in his private collection for the past 20 years and is completely fresh to the hobby, choice! This jersey will be accompanied by a Red Wings team letter.