Saturday, July 11, 2009
July by the Numbers reaches #11 today in the form of the familiar number of Daniel Alfredsson.
Born in Sweden in 1972, Alfredsson is currently the captain of the Ottawa Senators. The high scoring Alfredsson holds the Senators franchise records for goals (355), assists (566) and, naturally, points with 921 as well as games played, currently at 932.
He would win the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1995-96, as well as represent the Senators in the NHL All-Star Game in his first three seasons.
His best season to date was in the 2005-06 season when he tallied 43 goals and 60 assists for 103 points, topping the 100 mark for the only time in his career after being paired up with linemates Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza.
On October 5th of that season, Alfredsson became the first player to score a goal in the newly instituted shootout, beating Ed Belfour of Ontario rivals the Toronto Maple Leaf, and as a result, his stick now resides in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
During the lockout season of 2004-05, he would return to his home country of Sweden and help Frölunda win the Swedish Championship.
In 2006-07 the Senators would reach the Stanley Cup Finals, making Alfredsson the first European-born-and-raised captain to do so.
The jersey I am featuring today is a Koho 2003-04 Ottawa Senators Alternate Daniel Alfredsson jersey. This alternate jersey was first introduced in the 2000-01 season and was worn through the 2006-07 campaign.
My example has the rare white version of the Roger Neilson memorial patch, only worn on the black alternate jerseys. It was the only patch worn on this jersey style throughout it's history and depicts one of the colorful neckties that Neilson was known for wearing behind the bench. The home red and road white jerseys had the regular black version of the "Roger" patch.
Alfredsson has also played for Sweden 12 times, including seven World Championships, the World Cup of Hockey twice, and three Olympic Games, including winning the gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
Friday, July 10, 2009
July by the Numbers treks on to jersey #10 with a trip back in time to the Soviet Union.
Dynamo Moscow Hockey Club was founded in 1946, it's name "Dynamo" meaning "power from motion" in Greek.
Sponsored by the feared Soviet secret police, the KGB in it's early days, it's the second most successful club team in Russian hockey history, having won the championship at the top level nine times, most recently in 2005, the Spengler Cup twice in 1975 & 1976 and the European Champions Cup in 2006.
The club is part of the Dynamo Moscow Sports Club, which in turn is a part of the Dynamo Sports Society, which also fields teams named Dynamo Moscow in soccer, men's and women's basketball, volleyball, team handball and bandy.
Recognizable names to have played for Dynamo include, Maxim Afinogenov, Darius Kasparitis, Igor Korolev, Viktor Kozlov, Andrei Nikolishin, Alexi Ponikarovsky, Mikhail Shtalenkov, Alexi Yashin, Alexi Zhamnov and Alexi Kovalev and Alexander Ovechkin.
They currently play in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and finished second in the Chernysehev Division in 2008-09, making it as far as the semi-finals before losing out 4 games to 2 to eventual champions Ak Bars Kazan.
The jersey I am featuring today is a 1989-90 Dynamo Moscow Igor Dorofeyev jersey.
It's a lighter weight mesh jersey with vitually all the design elements being silk screened onto the jersey, which is typical of Soviet jerseys from this era. This jersey also features the Dorofeyev, spelled "Dorofeev" on the back in Cyrillic.
It also has the iconic "D" logo on the chest and shoulders, as well as "Moscow" across the waist stripes, which pre-dates the first use of a city name in the NHL by the Los Angeles Kings by a good ten years.
It's one of the last styles of Dynamo jersey before the advent of commercial sponsorship on the club's jerseys.
Dorofeyev, a right wing, would have a 14 year career which included time in not only Russia, but Switzerland, Italy and Japan.
He was also a part of five of Dynamo Moscow's championships in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1995, breaking the 13 year long winning streak of the Red Army Hockey Club.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
July by the Numbers continues with jersey #9 from Team USA.
2005 was the high point in international jersey design, as nearly all the top teams in the IIHF received all new jerseys or excellent updates. Team USA was no exception, as the Nike template style that had been in use since after the 1998 Olympics was finally retired.
The new jersey was based on the St. Louis Blues very well received third jersey, introduced in the 1997-98 season, which immediately became the Blues primary the following year. The USA added a tie-neck collar to complete the look.
Mike Modano was available to play for Team USA in the 2005 World Championships due to the 2004-05 NHL lockout, as his club team the Dallas Stars were usually deep into a playoff run every spring, making Modano unavailable for the World Championships every other year since the Stars moved to Dallas.
Modano was named team captain and finished with three goals and four points in seven games for the United States as the USA finished second in their group to Canada and then lost in the quarter-finals to eventual champions the Czech Republic by a 3-2 score.
This 2005 Team USA Mike Modano jersey features the newly redesigned International Ice Hockey Federation logo patch on the lower back of the jersey, as worn on all the jerseys in the 2005 World Championships, as well as a pair of my custom made Innsbruck/Tirol sponsor patches on the shoulders to give it the "European" look of the sponsorship worn on jerseys at the World Championships.
Modano has appeared in a USA jersey on 11 occasions in a variety of tournaments, twice in the World Juniors, once in the 1991 Canada Cup, three times in the World Championships, two World Cups, and three Olympics, earning a gold medal at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.
Here is some rare, wiggly-jiggly footage of Modano in his 2005 Team USA road jersey.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
The 8th stop of July by the Numbers finds us in Philadelphia with a #8 Mark Recchi jersey.
Recchi was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1988 and would play in Pittsburgh from 1988-89 to the 1991-92 season, including winning the Stanley Cup in 1991. He was then traded to the Flyers, along with Brian Benning and a first round draft pick, for Rick Tocchet, Kjell Samuelsson, Ken Wregget and a third round draft pick.
Recchi would play in Philadelphia for two additional seasons, including scoring a career high 53 goals and 123 points, the Flyers single season record, in 1992-93, before being traded once more early in the 1994-95 season to Montreal in a deal that sent John LeClair and Eric Desjardins to Philadelphia. Recchi would play five seasons in Montreal before finding himself back in the orange and black of the Flyers once more.
Once back in Philadelphia, Recchi would lead the Flyers in scoring with 91 points and be voted as the team's MVP. This time his stay in Philadelphia would last for six seasons before signing a free agent contract back where he started in Pittsburgh before being moved to the Carolina Hurricanes at that season's trading deadline, where he would win his second Stanley Cup. His 15 years between Stanley Cups is the second longest in league history.
The following year he would once more sign with the Penguins as a free agent. The next season, after being put on waivers by Pittsburgh, he would be claimed by the Atlanta Thrashers. The 2008-09 season would see him sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning, only to finish out the season with the Boston Bruins.
Clearly, if Recchi were a collector, he'd have quite a number of different sweaters by this point!
Other possible additions to his collection could include the Canadian World Junior Team in 1988, three appearances for Canada at the World Championships in 1990, 1993 and 1997 and the Olympics in 1998.
Today's featured jersey is a CCM 1991-92 Philadelphia Flyers Mark Recchi home jersey from his first season in Philadelphia. The Flyers chose to put the NHL 75th Anniversary patch up on the right shoulder, unlike all the other teams who wore in on the right chest, save the New York Rangers who wore it on the left chest.
The Flyers hosted the NHL All-Star Game that season and thus wore the 1992 All-Star Game patch on the left shoulder before later changing to the Philadelphia Flyers 25th Anniversary patch in the latter half of the season.
Recchi would score his 500th career goal in January of 2007 while as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
July by the Numbers reaches the 7th giving me the chance to showcase the first of my #7 Neal Broten jerseys.
Broten's career got off to a flying start as he, already the winner of an NCAA Championship and an Olympic Gold Medal before he even started playing for the Minnesota North Stars late in the 1981 season, immediately found himself in the Stanley Cup Finals facing the mighty New York Islanders in only his 19th professional game. He signed with the North Stars at the conclusion of the Minnesota Gophers 1980-81 season in time to play just the final three regular season games before being thrown headfirst into the NHL playoffs, where the North Stars made their run to the finals.
In his first full regular season with the North Stars, Broten would score 38 goals and 98 points while finishing as runner up for the Calder Memorial Trophy. The following year he would play in his first NHL All-Star Game and would then go on to lead the North Stars in scoring in three if his first five seasons, including the 1985-86 season, when he would total a career high 105 points while becoming the first American-born player to reach 100 points in a season and once more play in the NHL All-Star Game.
In 1991, the North Stars would once again go on a run through the playoffs, with Neal scoring 22 points in 23 games, only to fall short against Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Broten would eventually move with the franchise to Dallas for the 1993-94 season. During the following season he would be traded to the New Jersey Devils and finish the season by scoring the game winning goal in the cup clinching Game 4 to win the Stanley Cup for the first time in his career, giving him the trifecta of the capturing the NCAA Championship, an Olympic Gold Medal and the Stanley Cup.
He would eventually return to the Stars to close out his career, finishing with 289 goals, 634 assists and 923 points. He would also retire with several team records for the Stars franchise, including the most assists (593), most games played (992), most points (867), most seasons (16), most assists in a single season (76) and most points by a rookie (98) as well as retiring as second all-time in points by an American (923) and with the most games played by an American (1099).
His #7 would be retired by the Stars in 1998 and he would later be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
Today's featured jersey is a 1992-93 Minnesota North Stars Neal Broten jersey as worn in the North Stars final season in Minnesota. To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Stanley Cup, all jerseys that season carried the Stanley Cup Centennial patch.
Having dropped the familiar green and gold color scheme under new ownership, this style jersey was worn in Minnesota for two seasons and then retained after the move to Dallas. The Dallas Stars version can be differentiated by the addition of stylized state of Texas patches on the shoulders.
Aside from the well known 1980 Olympics and being a part of The Miracle on Ice, Broten would later go on to be a member of Team USA in the 1981 and 1984 Canada Cup as well as the 1990 World Championships.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Today July by the Numbers moves on to jersey #6.
Ken Lovsin was a member of the Canadian National Team in both 1988-89 and 1989-90, which was coached by Dave King. At the time, the Canadian National Team played a full season together and competed in various international competitions, such as the annual Spengler Cup, held every year in Switzerland, and against various club teams.
The team would attract top NHL prospects, veteran professionals and occasionally current NHL players who were holding out in contract disputes. The program would continue in this format until 1998 when professionals were allowed to compete in the Olympics.
Other members of the Canadian National Team in 1989-90 included Kris Draper and goaltender Ed Belfour, both prior to moving onto the NHL.
Lovisn would participate in but a single NHL game, when he suited up for the Washington Capitals once in the 1990-91 season. He would play two full seasons for Baltimore in the AHL, and a year in Sweden before rejoining the Canadian National Team for the 1993-94 season, which included earning a sliver medal for Canada at the Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.
Today's featured jersey is a 1989-90 Team Canada Ken Lovsin jersey with the addition of the captain's "C".
One unusual feature of the customizing of this jersey is that the three color sleeve numbers are created by sewing the top red layer onto a white layer and then sewing that layer onto the jersey with blue thread.
The back number is even more unusual, in that it is simply a one layer white number sewn onto the jersey with tightly zig-zagged blue thread and an inner path of red sewn on in the same tight zig-zag fashion. In fact, the distance between the inner red trim and the blue outline varies quite a bit and they even touch each other on occasion. It's actually pretty crude when examined too closely.
I quite like the "speed stripes" treatment on the arms as the white fades out to red approaching the cuffs of the arms. Many of these style jerseys have sponsor patches from Air Canada, Esso and Labatt across the bottom of the jersey on the back.
Speaking of examining the back number closely, I should point out that each photo I post on this blog of one of my jerseys is a clickable link to my Webshots account, which has additional functionality beyond just seeing the photo here in my blog. If you would like to see any of my jerseys or patches in much greater detail, and the back number on this Canada jersey is a perfect example, you can send me a "friend request" through webshots.
- Click here to be taken to the main page of my Webshots galleries.
- To the right of the fourth row down is a yellow box with several links to click. Select "make friends". I will then receive an email with your request.
- Once I approve you as a friend, you will then be able to view my photos in their original, gigantic 10 x 10 inch, 300 dpi size! You can also then download them to your own computer if you wish.
If you click on one of my photos, just look for the series of links at the top of the photo that reads "Spyboy1 > albums > Northwest Division (or whatever)", and click on "albums" to get to my main page and then follow step 2 above to send a friend request.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
The 5th day of July by the Numbers sees a return to the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers for our jersey #5 which belonged to Ryan Trebil.
Ryan's hockey career consisted of four years at Minnesota on defense, where he totaled 79 games, 3 goals and 6 assists while compiling 168 penalty minutes.
This is a game worn Nike 1999-00 University of Minnesota Ryan Trebil road jersey. 1999-00 was the first season that Nike was the manufacturer of the Gophers jerseys and would continue to do so until the 2001-02 championship season. This was never my favorite style Gophers jersey due to the fact the design was a Nike corporate template shared by many other teams at the time, from Team USA and the Czech Republic to Ohio State and Michigan. However...
winning a national championship in a particular jersey does wonders for ones opinion on such matters!
Game worn Gopher jerseys are quite difficult to obtain and are always in demand. I purchased this one directly from the University at an Athletic Department sale roughly seven years ago, the last time I am aware that they made any hockey jerseys available to the public.
One reason the game worn jerseys are so sought after is that Gophers authentic jerseys with fight straps are not made available to the public. The only jerseys sold at retail outlets are replica jerseys that lack the fight straps.