This week's Third String Goalie Ebay Jersey of the Week is a 2009 Nike Russia National Team jersey. This style was worn during the 2009 IIHF World Championships. where the Russians won the gold medal. Additionally, this was the only year this short-lived style was worn, as they wore a new style for the 2010 Winter Olympics the following February, making this a rare but important style in the history of Russian hockey and one that is very hard to locate due to it's short life span.
This particular one looks to be in great shape and is listed as being "new without tags" and is blank so you can have it customized with any member of the 2009 World Championship team. Players on the Russian roster that year include NHL veterans goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, defensemen Vitaly Vishnevsky, Oleg Teverdovsky, Anton Volchenkov, Dmitri Kalinin, and Denis Grebeshkov and forwards Nikolai Zherdev, Alexander Radulov, who scored he game winning goal in the final, Oleg Saprykin, team captain Alexi Morozov and assistant captain Ilya Kovalchuk, who was named the tournament MVP.
Additionally, this style in a sublimated version made by Tackla with slightly different fonts for the name and numbers was worn by Russia in the 2009 World U18 Junior Championship team with a roster including Evgeni Kuznetsov, Vladimir Tarasenko and Dmitri Orlov. Here are highlights from Russia defeating Finland in the Semifinals.
This particular one is a desirable size XL, which should fit most fans nicely and, trust us, these do not come up very often, as we have seen during our time collecting jerseys. This one has also gone through two auctions with no bids and the seller has now lowered the price, making it potentially an even better value.
Here are photos of the actual jersey listed for sale, and clicking on them will take to the auction listing on ebay.