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Circa 1986-88 Claude Lemieux Montreal Canadiens & 1985-86 Sherbrooke Canadiens Game Worn Jersey The John Shipman Collection John Shipman Letter
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Circa 1986-88 Claude Lemieux Montreal Canadiens & 1985-86 Sherbrooke Canadiens Game Worn Jersey The John Shipman Collection John Shipman Letter
Lot #352
GAMEWORNAUCTIONS.NET is pleased to present The John Shipman Collection. This exciting collection of game worn jerseys, equipment and memorabilia come directly from the personal collection of John Shipman. Mr. Shipman personally collected and preserved these items over the course of his tenure as the Montreal Canadiens assistant trainer from 1988-97. A signed letter from Mr. Shipman will accompany your purchase.

This home white knit gamer by CCM was first worn by Claude Lemieux during the 1985-86 AHL season and then again circa the 1986-88 NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens. The Montreal Canadiens selected Lemieux in the 2nd round of the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. This Buckingham, Quebec native made his NHL debut in 1983-84 with the Canadiens where he played for his first 7 years in the league. In a career that spanned 21 seasons, Claude led three different franchises to four Stanley Cup titles and ranks among the all-time elite in playoff scoring. Claude partook in 233 playoff games and scored 158 points while racking up 529 PIMS. Claude also holds the distinction of being one of the leagues most despised players. He was a solid two-way winger that was considered feisty or dirty depending on who you asked. Lemieux was awarded with the 1995 Conn Smythe Trophy after leading the New Jersey Devils to their first ever Stanley Cup championship. As a rookie in 1986, Claude was a late season call-up who played the full slate of playoff contests as the Canadiens captured their first Stanley Cup of the Patrick Roy era. Lemieux teamed again with Patrick Roy in Colorado and helped the team to their first title during their inaugural season of play. Lemieux scored 379 goals and 786 points while amassing 1777 PIMS over the course of his 1215 regular season career.

Sewn into the collar of this gamer is the born-on date 01-84. The game wear on this size 50 sweater is tremendous and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, heavy board paint transfer from the Forum in Montreal, un-repaired burn holes, stitch pops, collar pilling, loads of inner pilling and two dozen team-sewn repairs. A custom garter style fight strap has been added to the inner verso while the CCM logo has been removed from the lower verso.  The removal of the circular 50-year AHL anniversary patch and nameplate occurred upon leaving Sherbrooke, a new plate was later added after Claude’s arrival by the Canadiens. This sweater was first worn by Lemieux during the 1985-86 AHL season. During that campaign, Lemieux scored 21 goals and added 32 assists for 53 points while amassing 145 PIMS in just 58 games of play. So impressed were the Canadiens with the youngster that they called Claude up just in time for the team’s epic playoff run to the 1986 Stanley Cup. Lemieux partook in 20 playoff games and added 10 goals and 16 points to go along with 68 PIMS that memorable postseason which included the game 7 overtime winner against Hartford. According to Mr. Shipman, this sweater was worn extensively by Claude at the Forum with Montreal during the 1980’s. This hammered fresh to the hobby offering hails from the early part of this four-time Stanley Cup Champion’s career and comes directly from the personal collection of former Montreal Canadiens assistant trainer John Shipman and is accompanied by his signed LOA.