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2007-08 Erik Christensen Pittsburgh Penguins Winter Classic Game Worn Jersey – “2008 Winter Classic”
Lot #173

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2007-08 Erik Christensen Pittsburgh Penguins Winter Classic Game Worn Jersey – “2008 Winter Classic”
Lot #173

This blue air-knit gamer by Reebok was worn by Erik Christensen during the 2007-08 NHL season, in the inaugural 2008 Winter Classic. The Pittsburgh Penguins selected Christensen in the 3rd round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. This Edmonton native began his NHL career with the Pens in 2005-06. Following parts of 3 seasons with Pittsburgh, Christensen moved on to play for the Thrashers, Ducks, Rangers and Minnesota Wild where he wrapped up his 7-year NHL career in 2012. Since leaving the NHL, Erik has been playing in the KHL and Sweden.

The NHL made history on New Years Day, 2008 as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres squared off for the first time ever outdoors in a regular season NHL game in the United States. The inaugural Winter Classic took place at Ralph Wilson Stadium and lived up to its name as better than 71,000 fans, the largest crowd to ever attend an NHL game to date, braved inclement conditions to witness history on that snowy cold day in Buffalo. Pittsburgh won the game on a Sidney Crosby shootout goal by the score of 2-1.

Sewn to the right breast of this gamer is the 2008 Winter Classic patch. The game wear on this 1st period size 56 sweater is on the lighter side as would be expected. Pittsburgh unveiled this blue throwback styled jersey for the first time since wearing a circle crest gamer in the early years of the franchise. On the fight strap is a blue sharpie signature in the equipment man’s own hand. Sewn to the inside hem is the official NHL game worn jersey tagging. Sewn alongside is the official Pittsburgh Penguins game worn Winter Classic tagging. A beautiful piece of NHL history, worn during the 1st period of the NHL’s inaugural Winter Classic.