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1997-98 Nikolai Khabibulin Phoenix Coyotes Game Worn Jersey - 1st All Star Season – Team Letter
Lot #206

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1997-98 Nikolai Khabibulin Phoenix Coyotes Game Worn Jersey - 1st All Star Season – Team Letter
Lot #206

This home white air-knit gamer by Starter was worn by Nikolai Khabibulin during the 1997-98 NHL season. The Winnipeg Jets selected Khabibulin in the 9th round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. After coming over from his native Russia in 1994, Khabibulin began his NHL career with the Jets. He spent his first 5 seasons with the Jets franchise, three of those years in Phoenix following the move from Winnipeg. In 3 seasons with the Coyotes, Nikolai appeared in 72, 70 and 63 games respectively. Khabibulin next joined the Tampa Bay Lightning where he tended goal for parts of 4 seasons prior to guarding the pipes in Chicago for 4 seasons. A 4-year stint in Edmonton preceded his final stop, the Chicago Blackhawks. Nikolai has represented his native Russia in the World Cup of Hockey and the Olympics and he is also a 4-time NHL All Star participant. During the 2009-10 season, Khabibulin notched his 300th career win which placed him in rare company, top 20 all-time. His crowning achievement came in 2003-04 when he backstopped the Lightning to the first Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history, posting all 16 Wins and a remarkable 1.71 GAA in those playoffs!

The game wear on this playoff set size 60 Goalie cut sweater consists of stick and puck marks, goal post paint transfer, heavy pilling at the cuffs and inner pilling. After being ousted by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Red Wings in the 1998 Stanley Cup playoffs, Khabibulin wore this sweater once again during the 1998-99 preseason. Sewn to the inside hem is the official Phoenix Coyotes game worn jersey and set tagging. This jersey will be accompanied by a Coyotes team letter.