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1997-98 Zdeno Chara New York Islanders Game Worn Jersey – Rookie - Debut Jersey - Photo Match
Lot #136

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1997-98 Zdeno Chara New York Islanders Game Worn Jersey – Rookie - Debut Jersey - Photo Match
Lot #136

This road blue air-knit gamer by CCM was worn by Zdeno Chara during the 1997-98 NHL season, his rookie year. The New York Islanders selected Chara in the 3rd round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. This towering 6’ 9” Slovakian defenseman began his NHL career with the Islanders in 1997-98. After 4 years in New York and 4 more with Ottawa, Chara found a home in Boston where he has spent the past 12 seasons. During that time Chara became Captain of the Bruins, hoisted the Stanley Cup and won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman. Chara has played in 6 NHL All Star games, was 7 times selected a 1st or 2nd Team NHL All Star and has been a 6-time finalist for the Norris Trophy. On the international stage, Zdeno has competed in numerous World Championships, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and 3 Olympics.

This gigantic jersey has undergone heavy customizations. Both the body and sleeves have been significantly increased in size. The game wear on this 1st set size 58 Goalie Cut sweater consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes and inner pilling. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Chara wearing this exact jersey during his first regular season game in Detroit on November 19, 1997. Of interest, Zdeno switched from #53 to #3 during the 1997-98 season. On the inside crest is the signature of the Islanders equipment man. It’s been nearly 20 years since we acquired this jersey directly from the Islanders when we originally purchased their team sets. It has since sat in private hands and is coming to auction for the very first time! An exciting opportunity to acquire Zdeno Chara’s massively customized rookie game worn jersey, choice!