Saturday, May 9, 2015

Third String Goalie 6th Anniversary - 1992-93 Winnipeg Jets Phil Housley Jersey

Today is the sixth anniversary of Third String Goalie. To date we have made 1915 posts, are followed by 85 people here on blogger, by 301 on our Facebook page, and 915 of the most intelligent people on Twitter.

We've written about jerseys from Alaska to Japan and from Finland to South Africa, including jerseys from the United States, Canada, Iceland, Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Austria, Greece, Slovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, South Africa, Poland, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, China and Japan.

In addition to the countries we've written about, we've also had visitors from 198 different countries and territories, which still shocks us to no end, often wondering what someone from someplace like Malawi or Iran was expecting to find when they arrived here?

We've written about the oldest hockey sweater in existencebrand new releases and sweaters never actually used. we've covered jerseys we love and those we do not.

We've also gone astray a time or two with unexpected stories we felt worth sharing and we sincerely hope you've enjoyed the ride.

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In honor of our 6th anniversary, we have chosen to feature one of our favorite players to have worn the number 6.

Phil Housley is one of the rare NHL players who never played a single game in the minors. He was drafted 6th overall in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft out of South St. Paul High School by the Buffalo Sabres.

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He was a model of dependability for Buffalo, playing no less than 72 games, scoring a minimum of 15 goals, with a high of 31 in 1983-84, and totaling between 62 and 81 points for each of his eight seasons with the Sabres, with his best season being his last of 1989-90. Additionally, Buffalo made the playoffs in six of his eight seasons with the Sabres.

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A 1989-90 Buffalo Sabres Phil Housley jersey, worn during his highest scoring season with the Sabres

He was sent to the Winnipeg Jets in a deal that saw Dale Hawerchuk go to Buffalo and spent three seasons in Winnipeg cranking out the exact same kind of numbers he had for the Sabres, with each season being better than the last. His final season with the Jets saw him set career highs with 79 assists and 97 points, assisting on many of the dynamic rookie Teemu Selanne's record 76 goals.

Housley Jets, Housley Jets

He was traded to the St. Louis Blues for the 1993-94 season, but his time there was brief, appearing in only 26 games due to injuries before once more being traded, this time to the Calgary Flames.

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A 1993-94 St. Louis Blues Phil Housley jersey
from his short stay with the Blues

His first season with the Flames was then curtailed by the lockout of 1994-95 which limited him to 43 games once the season finally began in January. Prior to the resumption of the NHL season, Housley played in Switzerland for the Zurich Grasshoppers, scoring 6 goals and 14 points in just 10 games.

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A 1994-95 Zurich Grasshoppers Phil Housley jersey from his
time in Europe during the 1994 NHL lockout.
photo courtesy of Classic Auctions

Housley scored 52 points in 59 games in 1995-96 for the Flames before a late season trade sent him to the New Jersey Devils for the final 22 games of the season.

Housley Devils, Housley Devils

He then signed as a free agent with the Washington Capitals for the 1996-97 season, during which he would play in his 1000th game. It was during the following season of 1997-98 that he would record the 1,000th point of his career. Housley would go on to set the unfortunate record of playing the most games in NHL history without ever winning the Stanley Cup at 1,495. The closest Housley came to winning the cap was when the Capitals advanced to the 1998 finals.

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Housley would wear #96 while playing for the Capitals

He made a return to Calgary for the next three seasons from 1998-99 through 2000-01 with a best of 55 points in 1999-00.

Housley Flames, Housley Flames

Housley's next stop was with the Chicago Blackhawks for 2001-02 and 57 games of the 2002-03 season before he was traded him to the Toronto Maple Leafs, his eighth and final team, where he would play in just a single regular season game and three playoff games, again wearing #96, to bring an end his 21 year career.

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A 2002-03 Chicago Blackhawks Phil Housley alternate jersey
photo courtesy of Classic Auctions

When Housley retired in 2003, he held the record for most games played by an American, as well as the record for most career points by an American, no mean feat considering he spent the majority of his career playing defense, although he did spend some time skating at forward as well. His final statistical totals were 1,495 games played, 338 goals and 894 assists for 1,232 points.

Internationally, Housley played for the United States at the World Championships in 1982, 1986, 1989, 2000, 2001 and 2003.

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2005 United States National Team Phil Housley jersey which sports Bauhaus sponsor patches on the shoulders, a unique element of jerseys worn during the World Championships
photo courtesy of Classic Auctions

He was a part of both the 1984 and 1987 Canada Cup tournaments as well as being on the winning team at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and winning a silver medal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.

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A 1996 United States National Team Phil Housley jersey as worn during the United States championship at the first World Cup of Hockey
photo courtesy of Classic Auctions

He was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame in 2007 and the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.

In 2013 Housley coached the United States to a gold medal at the World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia.

Today's featured jersey is a 1992-93 Winnipeg Jets Phil Housley jersey as worn during Housley's finest season when he scored 79 assists and 97 points.

The Jets adopted this style jersey for the 1990-91 season and would wear it through the rest of their time in Winnipeg before the franchise was sold and relocated to Phoenix.

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In today's video secion, Housely plays for the United States in the 1984 Canada Cup versus Dominik Hasek and Czechoslovakia and gets an assist with a blast from the point.

Once more Housely gets an assist with a blast from the point versus Hasek, only this time while playing for the Capitals and wearing the unfamiliar #96.

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