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2012-13 Antti Niemi San Jose Sharks Game Worn Jersey – “George” - NHL Wins Leader - Photo Match
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2012-13 Antti Niemi San Jose Sharks Game Worn Jersey – “George” - NHL Wins Leader - Photo Match
Lot #127

This road white air-knit gamer by Reebok was worn by Antti Niemi during the 2012-13 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Niemi was born in Vantaa, Finland and played a handful of seasons in Finland before joining the NHL. Antti began his NHL career in 2008-09 with a three-game stint between the pipes with the Chicago Blackhawks. During his official rookie season of 2009-10, Antti made the hockey world take notice as he assumed the starting role in goal and played in all 22 playoff games, leading Chicago to their first Stanley Cup Championship since 1961! During that memorable run, Niemi recorded two shutouts and won all 16 of the Hawks playoff games. During the off-season, following the Cup, Niemi and the Hawks were unable to come to a deal and thus Chicago’s Stanley Cup hero became the new man between the pipes for the San Jose Sharks, where he prospered for five years before joining the Dallas Stars in 2015-16. Following two seasons with Dallas, Antti joined the two time defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins and then went on to play for the Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens before returning to Europe where he last played for Jokerit Helsinki in the KHL.

Sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the “George” patch. The game wear on this playoff set size 58 Goalie Cut sweater consists of stick, slash and puck marks, goal post paint transfer, exterior pilling and inner pilling. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Niemi wearing this exact jersey during the 2012-13 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Affixed to the inside hem is the official San Jose Sharks game worn jersey tagging that indicates Niemi wore this jersey between April 30, 2013 thru May 29, 2013. The Sharks original inventory tagging remains affixed to the collar tagging. A beautiful well-worn photo matched and patched gamer from this Stanley Cup winning netminder.