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2007 John Tavares CHL Canada/Russia Challenge Game Worn Jersey - CHL Letter
Lot #219

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2007 John Tavares CHL Canada/Russia Challenge Game Worn Jersey - CHL Letter
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2007 John Tavares CHL Canada/Russia Challenge Game Worn Jersey - CHL Letter
Lot #219

This incredible offering originates directly from the Canadian Hockey League. A signed CHL letter will accompany your purchase stating that this jersey was worn by John Tavares on November the 22, 2007 in the ADT Canada/Russia Challenge.
This red knit gamer by Reebok was worn by John Tavares during the 2007 Canada/Russia Challenge.
It took an “exceptional” designation for Tavares, who is hockey’s reigning phenom, to be granted draft eligible status at the age of 14. This was the first time that such an exception was ever granted. The Oshawa Generals benefited from the ruling and selected John with the first overall pick in 2005 at the tender age of 14. John would follow in the footsteps of the great Bobby Orr and represent Oshawa as a young teenager. As did Orr, Tavares would dominate his older foes, scoring a remarkable 45 goals and 77 points as a 15-year old rookie in 2005-06. He was named OHL and CHL rookie of the year.
What Tavares accomplished during his 2nd season made news across the entire hockey world. That
season, as a 16-year old, Tavares broke Wayne Gretzky’s record for goals in a season. In 1977-78, The Great Gretzky, at 17 years of age, scored an incredible 70 goals, a mark which stood without challenge for 30 years. Tavares made the record his own, lighting the lamp a resounding 72 times at the age of 16! He would also chip in 62 assists for a remarkable total of 134 points in 67 games played. The league recognized Tavares’ outstanding accomplishments by awarding the 16-year old with the Red Tilson Trophy as the most outstanding player in the league. He also was awarded the CHL’s Player of the Year award. Last year in 59 games, Tavares netted 40 goals and assisted on 78 others for a 118 point season. He was also selected to help Team Canada’s National Junior Team win their 4th consecutive Gold Medal. As the auction goes live, Tavares’ 08-09 campaign is well underway and he continues to tear up the scoresheets.

Proudly sewn to the left breast of this sweater is the alternate Captain’s “A”. Sewn above this is the Reebok patch. Sewn to the right breast is the 2007 Canada/Russia Challenge patch. Sewn to both shoulders are the Canadian Hockey League patches. The CHL insignia is embroidered to the back hem while the official game worn jersey tagging is sewn to the inner hem. Worn during the historic Canada/Russia Challenge that was held at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener Ontario on November 22, 2007, the game use on this sweater is light as one would expect. Here is an incredible opportunity to own one of the very few unique John Tavares game worn jerseys that will exist from his pre-NHL career.