Tuesday, July 14, 2009
July by the Numbers reaches sweater #14 with a classic from the "Second Six" of the NHL expansion in 1967.
Dave Archibald, a right winger, played four seasons in Canadian junior hockey for the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League before making his NHL debut with the Minnesota North Stars in the 1987-88 season.
He scored 27 goals and 39 assists in his first two seasons in Minnesota, before being traded to the New York Rangers early in his third season in Minnesota. He wouldn't stick in New York though, finishing the year in Flint of the now defunct International Hockey League.
He would play the next two seasons for the Canadian National Hockey Team, including representing Canada at the 1992 Winter Olympics where he would earn a silver medal. His totals with the Canadian National Hockey Team reached 39 goals and 55 assists for 94 points in those two seasons.
NHL expansion gave Archibald an opportunity to return to the NHL, as he played for the Ottawa Senators for the next four seasons, scoring 27 goals and 20 assists. He would play seven games for the New York Islanders in 1996-97, as well as 34 games for the Frankfurt Lions in the German League (DEL) in his first stint in European hockey.
Three further seasons in the IHL, split between San Antonio and Utah would be followed by a return to Europe, this time in Sweden for Linköpings HC to finish out his professional career.
His final NHL totals would stand at 57 goals and 67 assists for 124 points and 139 penalty minutes in 323 games.
Today's featured jersey is a 1989-90 Minnesota North Stars Dave Archibald jersey from his last season in Minnesota. Since Archibald had only played in 12 games before being traded, this jersey has minimal game use, having only been used in approximately six games.
While not the finest example of game use, we are still very proud to have a game worn Minnesota North Stars jersey in our collection. One of the interesting details of the old North Stars jerseys is that the numbers are actually just two layers of twill, white on yellow, with the third color of black being uniquely composed of tightly spaced black stitching attaching the white layer onto the yellow!
Also note the proper orientation of the drop shadow, so often done incorrectly on recent replica jerseys and even McFarlane figurines, as documented earlier at Third String Goalie.