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1997-98 Saku Koivu Montreal Canadiens Game Worn Jersey – Photo Match – The John Shipman Collection – John Shipman Letter
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1997-98 Saku Koivu Montreal Canadiens Game Worn Jersey – Photo Match – The John Shipman Collection – John Shipman Letter
Lot #350
GAMEWORNAUCTIONS.NET is pleased to present The John Shipman Collection. This exciting collection of game worn jerseys, game used sticks, game worn equipment and memorabilia come directly from the personal collection of John Shipman. Mr. Shipman personally collected and preserved these items over the course of his tenure as the Montreal Canadiens assistant trainer from 1988-97. A signed letter from Mr. Shipman will accompany your purchase.

This road red knit gamer by Starter was worn by Saku Koivu during the 1997-98 NHL season. The Montreal Canadiens selected Koivu in the 1st round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. This native of Turku, Finland played three seasons for TPS Turku before making his NHL debut in 1995-96 with the Canadiens. Koivu spent 13 seasons at center ice for Les Habitants and is tied with Jean Beliveau as the longest serving Captain in the storied history of the Canadiens franchise, serving in that role for 10 years. Koivu was also the first European born player to wear the distinguished “C” with Montreal. Saku spent the final five years of his NHL career with the Anaheim Ducks.

In September of 2001, Koivu learned that he was suffering from non-Hodgkins lymphoma, causing him to miss nearly the entire 2001-02 campaign. His remarkable comeback and the continuance of his NHL career proved quite inspirational to many and won him the 2001-02 Bill Masterton Trophy. Saku was also the recipient of the 2006-07 King Clancy Memorial Trophy. This NHL All Star also played in two World Cups of Hockey, numerous World Championships and four Olympics while representing his native Finland.

The sleeves on this jersey have been custom shortened for Koivu by the team. The game wear on this size 54 sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, stitch pops, fine inner pilling and more than a dozen team-sewn repairs. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Koivu wearing this exact jersey during the 1997-98 season. A well-worn customized, photo matched, fresh to the hobby offering, hailing from Koivu’s third NHL season and coming directly from the personal collection of former Montreal Canadiens assistant trainer John Shipman and is accompanied by his signed LOA.