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WHA Minnesota Fighting Saints Game Worn Gloves Player #21 - Possibly Terry Ball or Steve Carlson
Lot #1033

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WHA Minnesota Fighting Saints Game Worn Gloves Player #21 - Possibly Terry Ball or Steve Carlson
Lot #1033

These blue hockey gloves by Cooper were worn by player #21 while playing in the WHA for the Minnesota Fighting Saints. Two players we found who wore #21 were Terry Ball and Steve Carlson. The Minnesota Fighting Saints were one of the WHA’s original 12 franchises. Construction on their new home, the St. Paul Civic Center was not complete when the 1972-73 season began forcing the Fighting Saints to begin play in the 8,000 seat St. Paul Auditorium. The Fighting Saints made the playoffs in year one after defeating the Oilers in a 1-game playoff. Harry Neale assumed the team’s coaching duties late in the 1st season, taking over for Glen Sonmor who became the full-time GM. The Fighting Saints would also make the playoffs in each of the next 2 seasons, but never made a serious playoff run.

Despite playing well on the ice, the franchise was in dire financial straits. The end was near for the franchise as play began in 1975-76. Despite the addition of Dave Keon, the team wouldn’t survive the month of February, continually missing payroll checks and losing money hand over fist until they officially folded on February 27th 1976.

In the summer of 1976, the Cleveland Crusaders were convinced to move out of Ohio and play in the vacant St. Paul Arena for the 1976-77 season. They assumed the Minnesota Fighting Saints team name, but they too would suffer the same fate as the original franchise and fold on January 17th of 1977 after only 42 games.

The gloves show great game use.