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2002-03 Joe Nieuwendyk Devils Game Worn Jersey - 500th Goal - Photo Match - Video Match - Stanley Cup Season - Team Letter
Lot #121

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2002-03 Joe Nieuwendyk Devils Game Worn Jersey - 500th Goal - Photo Match - Video Match - Stanley Cup Season - Team Letter
Lot #121

This historic game worn jersey hails from the ‘Ralfie Bass Collection’. Ralfie’s collection focused on the 500-Goal scorers and consisted of a game worn jersey from every 500-Goal scorer in the history of the NHL.

This road red air-knit gamer by Koho was worn by Joe Nieuwendyk during the 2002-03 NHL season. Nieuwendyk began his career with the Calgary Flames in 1986-87 and was the 1987-88 Calder Trophy winner as the NHL’s rookie of the year. His rookie season was one for the record books as Joe netted 51 goals and 92 points. He followed it up with another 51-goal season the following year as he helped the Flames to their 1st Stanley Cup championship in team history. Joe would score 45 goals in each of the next two seasons, which got him off to one of the fastest starts in pursuit of #500 in league history. After 9 seasons with Calgary the Flames decided to deal Joe to the Dallas Stars in exchange for youngster Jarome Iginla. Joe would spend 7 seasons in Dallas and reach the Cup Finals twice, walking away with his 2nd ring. He landed in New Jersey at the deadline of the 2001-02 season and thus only played one full year in New Jersey. His one season at the Meadowlands was a special one as it saw Joe net Goal #500 and capture his 3rd Stanley Cup title. He ended his career after brief stops in Toronto and Florida. After 20 years of service, Nieuwendyk had registered 3 Stanley Cup titles, 564-Goals and 1126-points. He was the winner of the 1994-95 King Clancy Memorial Trophy as well as the coveted Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1998-99. Joe played in 4 NHL All Star games and represented Team Canada in both the 1998 and 2002 Olympics.

Nieuwendyk wore this historic sweater on January 17th 2003, against the Carolina Hurricanes, as he became the 32nd player in NHL history to score his 500th Goal.

The sleeves of this gamer have been customized by the Devils training staff. The game wear on this 1st set sweater is solid consisting of numerous stick and slash marks, plenty of board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes and inner pilling. Shown above are a couple of beautiful photo matches that show Nieuwendyk wearing this sweater during the 2002-03 season, included in which is the celebration after netting Goal #500. Also shown above are video highlights of Nieuwendyk scoring his 500th Goal. A Tremendous offering. This jersey will be accompanied by a Devils team letter.