Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Congratulations go out to Tony Amonte, who along with John LeClair, Tom Barasso and Frank Zamboni, was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame yesterday in Boston.
Amonte and LeClair were teammates on the Team USA that won the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, wearing some of the most sought after jerseys in the hobby, the Nike 1996 Team USA jerseys.
What makes this particular jersey unique is that the only ones sold at retail were the white ones. Apparently the only blue ones made were for use by the team. This particular one does have a fight strap, unlike any of the white ones sold to the public, regardless of whether they were tagged as authentics with numbered sizes, like 48 or 52, and came with names and numbers, or tagged as replicas and tagged with letters for sizes like L or XL.
Another unique factor for this particular jersey is that it has Amonte's name, but LeClair'snumber 10 on it. Both players wore #10 in the NHL, but LeClair's NHL debut came earlier, during the 1990-91 regular season with Amonte's not coming until the NHL playoffs that year after his final college season at Boston University was over, giving LeClair seniority when it came to first choice for jersey numbers. Amonte played in the World Cup as #11.
In this clip, you can see occasional glimpses of both #10 LeClair and #11 Amonte in action, with Amonte scoring Team USA's third, and game winning, goal, which gives a clear look at him at the 6:23 mark.
In addition to his play in the 1996 World Cup, Amonte also played for the United States in the World Junior Championships three times, in 1988, 1989 and 1990, the World Championships in both 1991 and 1993 and the Olympics in 1998 and 2002 in Salt Lake City where he earned a silver medal.