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Late 1970's Dave Dryden WHA Edmonton Oilers Game Worn Jersey
Lot #27

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Late 1970's Dave Dryden WHA Edmonton Oilers Game Worn Jersey
Lot #27

This spectacular home white heavyweight dureen gamer by Rawlings was worn by Dave Dryden circa the late 1970’s during WHA play. Dave, the older brother of Hall of Famer Ken, began his NHL career in 1961-62 with the New York Rangers, playing in a single game. His next NHL stop was with the Chicago Blackhawks, where he tended goal from 1965-66 thru 1968-69. Dryden next played for the expansion Buffalo Sabres from 1970-71 thru 1973-74 where, in his last season with the club, he appeared in the NHL All Star game. With an All Star game appearance now in tow, Dryden bolted for the riches of the WHA, signing with the Chicago Cougars where he spent the 1974-75 season. He joined the Edmonton Oilers the following year and remained with them thru the end of his career, 5 seasons all told. The last season of Dave’s career was with Edmonton in their inaugural NHL season of 1979-80, following their merger from the WHA into the NHL.

Dryden’s final year in the WHA was a special one! Dave played in 63 games, winning 41 of them against only 17 losses and 2 ties, while posting 3 shutouts and a solid 2.89 GAA. For good measure Dryden assisted on 13 goals setting the single-season mark for points by a goalie. For his stellar efforts, Dryden won the last-ever Gordie Howe Trophy as the WHA’s MVP, as he became the only goalie in league history to capture this prestigious award! He also captured the Ben Hatskin Trophy as the WHA’s best goaltender and was named 1st Team WHA All Star!

Offered here is Dryden’s game worn home jersey circa the late 1970’s. The inside of this gamer has been customized for Dryden with an additional layer of soft cotton material stitched on in pieces that covers a good percentage of the sides and front of this jersey. This additional patchwork layer of material was used by Dryden to accommodate extra padding, a very cool and unique customization indeed. The game wear on this heavyweight Rawlings dureen consists of stick and puck marks, paint transfer and areas of fine inner pilling. A truly exciting offering that should attract spirited bidding from the WHA and goalie collectors’ alike, choice!