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1998-99 Chris Chelios Chicago Blackhawks Game Worn Jersey Alternate - The Chris Chelios Collection Chris Chelios Letter
Lot #133

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1998-99 Chris Chelios Chicago Blackhawks Game Worn Jersey Alternate - The Chris Chelios Collection Chris Chelios Letter
Lot #133

GAMEWORNAUCTIONS.NET is pleased to present this spectacular gamer from The Chris Chelios Collection. This exciting game worn jersey came directly from the personal collection of 3-time Norris Trophy winner and Hall of Famer Chris Chelios. Chelios personally took this sweater home with him during his playing days. A signed letter of provenance from Chris Chelios will accompany your purchase.

This black air-knit alternate gamer by Nike was worn by Chris Chelios during the 1998-99 NHL season. The Montreal Canadiens selected Chelios in the 2nd round of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. This Chicago, IL native served the Montreal franchise for 7 seasons beginning with a late season call-up in 1984. Chris won his first Norris Trophy and played in 2 Stanley Cup Finals with the Canadiens, walking away with the 1986 Stanley Cup Championship. Following the 1989-90 season, the Canadiens saw fit to deal Chelios to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Denis Savard. Chelios next led the Blackhawks into battle for 9 seasons, winning a pair of Norris Trophies and making one more trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Detroit Red Wings acquired Chelios from Chicago at the trade deadline in 1999. Chris spent 10 seaons playing in the Motor City where won the 2001-02 Bud Light Plus-Minus Award and the 2006-07 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award. Chris went to 3 more Stanley Cup Finals with Detroit and walked away with 2 more Stanley Cup Rings. Chelios played one final abbreviated NHL season with the Atlanta Thrashers, where he partook in the final 7 games of his storied career.

With his NHL career officially in the books, we can reflect upon just how great it was. Chris played in 1651 games over the course of 26 NHL seasons. During that time he scored 948 points and racked up 2891 PIMS. His playoff career spanned 266 games where he added another 144 points and 423 PIMS. Chelios was a 3-time Norris Trophy winner as the NHL’s best defenseman. He was 5-times a 1st Team NHL All Star and twice more a 2nd Team NHL All Star. Chris partook in a resounding 11 NHL All Star Games. Chicago born, Chelios was a legendary figure for Team USA through the decades. He played in the 1984, 1987 and 1991 Canada Cups, the 1996 and 2004 World Cup of Hockey and also played in the 1984, 1998, 2002 and 2006 Olympics! In addition to serving as the Captain for Team USA, this legendary warrior also served as Team Captain for the NHL All Star Team, the Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Blackhawks. Considered one of hockey’s all-time great leaders, Chelios was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame as a first ballot inductee with the class of 2013.

Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the Captain’s “C”. The game wear on this size 52 sweater consists of stick marks, board burns, un-repaired burn holes, inner pilling and team stitched repair work to the front and rear collar. The numeric registry code is affixed to the base of the fight strap while the Hawks have penned “99/3 in black sharpie on the inside of the NHL Shield. A wonderful opportunity to acquire one of Chris’ Chicago Blackhawks gamers, complete with letter of honor directly from The Chris Chelios Collection.