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1997-98 Slava Kozlov Detroit Red Wings Game Worn Jersey – “Believe” - Stanley Cup Season – Team Letter
Lot #122

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1997-98 Slava Kozlov Detroit Red Wings Game Worn Jersey – “Believe” - Stanley Cup Season – Team Letter
Lot #122
This home white air-knit gamer by Nike was worn by Slava Kozlov during the 1997-98 Stanley Cup winning season. The Detroit Red Wings selected Kozlov in the 3rd round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. After competing for a number of years in his native Russia and winning the USSR Rookie of the Year honors in 1990, Kozlov joined the Red Wings for the first time in 1991-92 and began what would turn into a 10-year run in Detroit and an 18-year NHL career. Slava spent a season with the Buffalo Sabres after leaving the Wings and then finished his NHL career with 7 seasons in Atlanta. Most recently, Kozlov skated for five years in Russia’s KHL. During his years in Detroit, this dynamic winger appeared in 3 Stanley Cup Finals and walked away with 2 Championship rings. This 30-goal man ended his NHL career with a very respectable 356 goals and 853 points. Internationally, Kozlov represented Russia in the World Championships, the 1991 Canada Cup and the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996.

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 2nd set size 50 sweater is tremendous and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, material pulls, trauma to the fight strap, fine inner pilling and in excess of half a dozen team-sewn repairs. On the inside hem is the official Detroit Red Wings game worn jersey and set information. A terrific offering, complete with the coveted “Believe” patch that was worn by one of the “Russian 5” during the Red Wings 2nd Stanley Cup winning season of the Yzerman era. 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! This jersey will be accompanied by a Red Wings team letter.