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Friday, March 18, 2011

1943-44 Montreal Canadiens Maurice Richard Jersey

The 1943-44 Montreal Canadiens opened their season with a 2-2 tie against the Boston Bruins at home on October 30, 1943. Three nights later they secured their first win of the season, also at home when they beat the New York Rangers 2-1. Following a win in Chicago against the Black Hawks, Montreal returned to The Forum and beat Chicago once again. Six days later the Detroit Red Wings fell to the Habs 4-1.

A two game road trip saw the Canadiens beat Detroit and tie Boston once again. They faced their rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs, whom they defeated 5-2 at home and then again 7-2 in Toronto. Following two ties against Boston, the Canadiens showed their superiority with a dominating 13-4 win over the Bruins.

The Rangers then fell 6-3 in Montreal prior to gaining a tie back in New York the next night. Back at the Forum, Montreal stretched their unbeaten streak to 11-0-3 with consecutive wins over Chicago and Detroit on December 2nd and 4th.

The Canadiens then suffered their first loss of the season, a close 5-4 loss to the Bruins in Boston. Six days later, the Canadiens extended their losing "streak" to two games following a 4-2 setback to the Maple Leafs in Toronto. It would be the only time all season that the Canadiens would lost back to back games.

Motivated to avenge their back to back losses, Montreal ripped off nine consecutive victories, five of them at home against each of the other five members of the Original 6 to give Montreal 20 wins agains two losses and three ties.

Montreal then lost 5-0 at Toronto on January 11, 1943 to end their winning streak. A tie back at the Forum against Detroit preceded a second consecutive tie, this one at Chicago. They then beat Boston in a home and home series before a tie at home against Toronto.

A win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden proceeded a win over the Black Hawks at home by a convincing 6-1 score. The Canadiens were then blanked for the second and final time that season versus the Bruins in Boston 3-0.

The Canadiens then beat Toronto on the road and followed that with a tie against Chicago, 2-2. Montreal then reeled off ten consecutive wins from February 17th to March 11th, five of which came at home, to push their undefeated streak to 12.

The Bruins then dealt the Canadiens their fifth and final loss of the season, a 6-5 defeat in Boston.

Chicago fell 3-2 in Montreal before the Canadiens then demolished the Rangers 11-2 at the Forum on this date in 1944. Thanks to Phil Watson's four assists against New York, the Canadiens concluded the regular season with a 22-0-3 record at the Forum to become the first team to ever go undefeated for an entire season at home.

They concluded their regular season schedule with a 6-1 win over the Rangers in New York to finish first overall in the NHL with a 38-5-7 mark for 83 points, 25 more than the next best club.

They were led in scoring by Elmer Lach's 72 points, followed by Toe Blake's 59. Maurice "Rocket" Richard led the club in goals with 32 as part of his 54 points. Goaltender Bill Durnan played every minute of every game and led the league with a 2.18 goals against average, the only goaltender in the league with an average below 3.00.

Montreal went on to capture the Stanley Cup by winning eight of nine games, including sweeping Chicago in four straight in the finals, with their only loss coming in their opening game of their series against Toronto - at home in the Forum! After dropping Game 1 by a score of 2-1, the Canadiens outscored the Maple Leafs 22-3 over the next four games.

1943-44 Montreal Canadiens

The championship for Montreal ended a 12 season Stanley Cup drought, the second longest in club history.

Today's featured jersey is a 1943-44 Montreal Canadiens Maurice "Rocket" Richard jersey. The white Canadiens jersey, long overshadowed by the iconic red jersey with it's blue chest stripe, was first introduced in 1935 for games against the Detroit Red Wings, who also wore red jerseys. In 1941 the red shoulder yoke and lace up collar was first added, creating the jersey that has remained essentially the same ever since, except for a brief three year period in the 1940's when the white jerseys had a blue chest stripe like the red jerseys, before changing back to the style that remains in use today.

From the time Montreal first wore a white jersey in 1935, the center of the logo was filled in with blue. This lasted until 1947-48 when the blue chest stripe was discontinued after just three seasons and the subsequent jersey no longer had the center of the crest filled in with blue. The lace up collar would last all the way until 1975 before being replaced by a v-neck collar.

Montreal Candiens 43-44 jersey

Today's video section is a look at Maurice "Rocket" Richard, which includes both still photos and video footage of the legendary Canadien.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

1934 Toronto Maple Leafs St. Patrick's Day King Clancy Jersey

Francis Michael "King" Clancy was born in 1903 and played 16 seasons in the NHL from 1921 to 1937.

Clancy entered the NHL in 1921 playing for his hometown Ottawa Senators. His rugged style would earn him a reputation for heart and effort despite his small stature, as he was five feet seven inches and just 155 pounds. His outgoing personality off the ice combined to make him a fan favorite.

In only his second season, the Senators would win the NHL championship and face off against first the Pacific Coast Hockey Association champions the Vancouver Maroons, who they defeated 3 games to 1 to advance to face the Edmonton Eskimos, champions of the West Coast Hockey League. Game 1 would go to Ottawa 2-1 before the teams would meet again on March 31, 1923. Clancy, normally a defenseman, would set a record by by playing each position on the ice, including two minutes in goal when the regular Senators goaltender Clint Benedict served a penalty! It remains the only time that a player has played in all six positions in a Stanley Cup Final game. The Senators would go on to win the game 1-0 and capture the cup that day.

Four years later the Senators would capture the second cup of Clancy's career when they defeated the Boston Bruins 2 games to none, although there were a pair of ties between the clubs as well.

For the first eight seasons of Clancy's career, he would average 14 points a season with a high of 21, but in 1929-30, Clancy would rack up 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points in 44 games, by far the most productive offensive season of his career, as he would never even reach 30 in any other season.

Before the following season, Clancy was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs for $35,000 and two players. Once in Toronto, Clancy would endear himself to the fans in Toronto with his enthusiasm, effort and out going personality.

He would capture the third and final Stanley Cup of his playing career when the Maple Leafs defeated the New York Rangers 3 games to none, with Game 1 in New York and Game 2 moved to Boston due to the circus being in town! Game 3 was played in Toronto where the Maple Leafs wrapped up the series at home.

Clancy's playing career would last five more seasons before he retired just six games into the start of a sixth. His final NHL totals would be 136 goals and 147 assists for 283 points and 914 penalty minutes.

After his second career as a referee, he began the third phase of his hockey life, moving into coaching in 1949 until 1956, including winning the Calder Cup when with the Pittsburgh Hornets of the American Hockey League. After moving into the front office following his coaching career, Clancy would eventually be named vice-president of the Maple Leafs.

Clancy was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958 and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy was named in his honor in 1987 to award the player who demonstrates leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made exceptional humanitarian contributions in the community.

Today's featured jersey is perhaps the most unique one ever on Third String Goalie, a 1934 Toronto Maple Leafs St. Patrick's Day King Clancy jersey. Clancy was given this unique jersey to wear on "Clancy Night" on this day, St. Patrick's Day, in 1934 to celebrate his contributions to the Maple Leafs.

Uniquely, Clancy was the only player to wear this style jersey in the game while the rest of the Maple Leafs wore their traditional blue jerseys!

Clancy himself recalls the game and his unique sweater, "It was March 17, 1934, and it was King Clancy Night in Maple Leaf Gardens and they had me all dressed in green. Stockings, boots, uniform, stick, everything. It was Conn Smythe's idea, and I was a real sickly sight. We were playing the Rangers, and the first time he saw me when I came past the New York bench, Lester Patrick said, "My God, Clancy, what's this?" I think it was the only time I'd ever heard Lester utter a profanity. The effect of my outfit on the Rangers was amazing. They just sort looked at me and gagged, and for the entire first period not one of them came near me.

"I was having a field day on defense, and when the period was over Lester came to me and whispered, "King, what are you doing to me? My boys won't go anywhere near you, and you've got the whole building upset. You look awful. Come on now, King, how about taking that ridiculous uniform of so we can play hockey?"

"I just grinned and nodded, but to tell you the truth I did feel a little embarrassed, so I changed between periods. But really I changed out of respect for Lester. We won the game anyway."

This special green jersey features a shamrock on the back in place of Clancy's usual #7 and was worn during the first period of the game that night before protests by the New York Rangers apparently humorless Lester Patrick forced Clancy back into his more familiar blue and white Maple Leafs jersey for the remainder of the game, which was won by Toronto 3-2 in front of 11,000 adoring Clancy fans.

There is sadly little video online about King Clancy, but here is a look at the 1931-32 Stanley Cup Champion Toronto Maple Leafs that Clancy was a member of. Notice the diminutive size of the cup at the time.

Today we're all Irish.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

1946-47 Detroit Red Wings Billy Taylor Jersey

While playing for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, Billy Taylor began his junior career with 19 goals in 12 games during the 1937-38 season. During the Generals run to the Memorial Cup Finals, Taylor scorched the ice with 17 goals and 19 assists for 36 points in just 13 playoff games, a 2.77 points per game average as a rookie.

He picked up where he left off during the following season, scoring 22 goals and 53 points in 14 games. He helped lead Oshawa to their first Memorial Cup championship with 11 goals and 28 points in nine games, topping the 3 point per game average this time out.

Taylor competed for the Pittsburgh Hornets of the International-American Hockey League prior to making his NHL debut with 29 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1939-40 season. Over the course of the next three seasons, Taylor's scoring totals continued to rise, going from 35 to 38 in 1941-42, a season during which he won the Stanley Cup, and then finally 60 points from 18 goals and 42 assists during the 1942-43 season, good for sixth in the NHL scoring race.

Taylor Maple Leafs

His NHL career was interrupted by performing military service from 1943 to 1945, although he found the time to play for the Newmarket Army team as well as the Toronto Army Shamrocks in 1944-45, with his NHL quality talent scoring 29 points in 8 regular season games and topping that with 32 points in 8 playoff contests, a four point per game average.

Back in the NHL in 1945, Taylor did not miss a beat, as he set a career high in goals with 23 on his way to 41 points in 48 games.

Just prior to the start of the 1946-47 season, he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings where he immediately led the team in scoring with a career best 63 points from 17 goals and league leading 46 assists, which included an NHL record seven assists in a 10-6 Detroit win against Chicago on this date in 1947, a record which still endures today,

Despite leading the Red Wings in scoring, Detroit traded Taylor to the Boston Bruins for the 1947-48 season. He skated for the Bruins for 39 games until being traded to the New York Rangers on February 6th of that season. Taylor would only play two games for New York until being suspended for life by NHL President Clarence Campbell for violating the league's rules on gambling. Taylor's suspension was eventually lifted on August 25, 1970.

His career concluded with 323 games played, 87 goals and 180 assists for 267 points during a career interrupted by World War II and cut short by his suspension.

Today's featured jersey is a 1946-47 Detroit Red Wings Billy Taylor jersey as worn during his only season with the Red Wings. Detroit first wore their classic red jersey in 1932 when the club's name was changed from the Falcons to the Red Wings.

The jerseys were originally worn with red numbers trimmed in white for the first four seasons prior to changing to single color white numbers, which remain in use nearly 75 years later.

Of note, is the unusual treatment of the assistant captain's "A", which is contained in a diamond shape, something the Red Wings reprized in 1991-92 with their Turn Back the Clock jerseys worn during the NHL's 75th anniversary season.

Detroit Red Wings 46-47 jersey

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

1996-97 New Jersey Devils Dave Andreychuk Jersey

Drafted 16th overall in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft after playing his junior hockey with the Oshawa Generals, Dave Andreychuk began his NHL career with the Buffalo Sabres, where he would play for the first 11 years of his carer. While with the Sabres, he was a steady, reliable goal scorer.

andreychuk sabres

During his first abbreviated season of 43 games, he would score 14 goals, but from then on tally a minimum of 25 goals with a high of 41 in 1991-92 while with Buffalo. During the 1992-93 season, he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

andreychuk Maple Leafs

He completed the season with Toronto without missing a beat, totaling a career high 54 goals divided between the two clubs and followed that with 53 goals the following season. Two seasons later Andreychuk would be traded to the New Jersey Devils at the trade deadline.

Now a veteran of 14 NHL seasons, his goal scoring pace was no longer what it had once been in the high scoring 1980's and early 90's with a change in the role he was asked to play, but he continued to score at a steady pace near the 20 goal mark for the remainder of his career.

During his first full season with the Devils, Andreychuk would score his 500th NHL goal on this date in 1997 in a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals, becoming the 26th player to reach that important milestone.

andreychuk devils

After two more seasons with the Devils, Andreychuk would sign with the Boston Bruins as a free agent for the 1999-00 season, only to be traded late in the season along with Ray Bourque to the Colorado Avalanche. After finishing the year with Colorado, Andreychuk would return to Buffalo as a free agent for the 2000-01 season.

His second stay in Buffalo would be considerably shorter than his first, as he played for the Sabres just one season before moving on to the Tampa Bay Lightning for 2001-02 as a free agent to provide the club with some needed veteran leadership. Steady and reliable as always, Andreychuk would play 82 games that season, followed by 72 and again 82, while scoring 20 or more all three seasons.

While never a threat to win the Stanley Cup with the Sabres, Andreychuk made it as far as the conference finals with Toronto twice (1993 & 1994) and again with Colorado in 2000, but came up short of the finals all three times. Finally, while with Tampa Bay, Andreychuk had his chance in 2004. Coming from behind 3 games to 2, Tampa Bay rallied with a double overtime win on the road in Game 6 and captured the Stanley Cup 2-1 at home in Game 7. As the team captain, Andreychuk had the honor of accepting the cup on behalf of the team, to the delight of many around the league, happy to see the veteran finally reach the pinnacle of the sport after 22 seasons before a championship, tying a league record.

andreychuk cup

He would play one more partial season in 2005-06 prior to retiring with 1,639 games played (5th all-time), 640 goals, one of 18 players with 600 or more goals and still 13th on the all-time list, 698 assists and 1,338 points, currently 27th all-time. He also holds the career record for Most Power Play Goals with 274.

Today's featured jersey is a 1996-97 New Jersey Devils Dave Andreychuk jersey as worn while he scored his 500th NHL goal on this date in 1997.

Club president and general manager Lou Lamoriello has steadfastly refused to change the now classic Devils jersey. Lamoriello joined the Devils in 1987, inheriting their red and green jerseys in the process. For the 1992-93 season the team changed their color scheme by changing the green to black and simplifying their jerseys striping pattern and have stuck with with look ever since, including the name and number fonts.

They have also refused to introduce any sort of alternate third jersey and were able to maintain their traditional sweaters even through the transition to the new Reebok jerseys introduced in 2007.

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Today's video segment begins with Andreychuk scoring his 500th NHL goal on this date in 1997.

Our next video is Andreychuk finally being able to lift the Stanley Cup after 22 seasons of trying.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The 2011 Let's Play Hockey Expo & Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament

As you may have noticed we had no new post yesterday, as on both Friday and Saturday your intrepid reporter spent the entire day at the 2011 Let's Play Hockey Expo and Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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The Let's Play Hockey Expo

The Expo is billed as the Nation's Premier Consumer Trade Show, and with many exhibitors competing for the attention attention of 40,000 hockey fans, there are many great deals and freebies to be had, and today we are going to share our haul.

Friday the show began at 10 AM and we spent several hours looking for the best bargains and some early giveaways before the popular ones were all gone. Our haul that morning included the following pictured below. Clockwise, a Reebok premier Minnesota Wild jersey for $45, a Minnesota Wild "helmet" fleece hat for $5, from K1 jerseys, a youth size University of Minnesota-Duluth jersey for $10, a "State of Hockey" t-shirt free from Total Hockey won with a lucky scratch-off card, a half price coupon for admission to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth, Minnesota, a banner featuring the logos of all the clubs in the Kontinental Hockey League around the Gagarin Cup from our friends at Lutch Jerseys (pronounced "lootch") who came all the way from Russia for the Expo, and a Minnesota North Stars cap, also for $5 from the same seller as the Wild helmet hat.

2011 Hockey Expo haul
Our Friday haul

Around lunchtime, he had a craving for a Divanni's Pizza and some hockey action, so we moved next door to the Xcel Energy Center to watch the Class A semifinals for the schools with enrollments under roughly 1,200 students. With our ticket and pizza now procured, we moved into the lower bowl of the seating area, which for Class A is general admission, and were treated a cracking game between two northern schools Hermantown (24-3-2), from just outside of Duluth, and Hibbing/Chisholm (18-9-2).

We joined the game with Hibbing leading 1-0 after one. Hermantown lit their fans on fire with 4 goals in the first 7 minutes of the second only to have Adam Johnson single handedly drag Hibbing back into the game with a pair of goals in the final minute of the period to make it 4-3 with 20 minutes remaining.

Johnson completed his hat trick at 2:34 of the third on the power play to tie the game at 4-4 and complete the Hibbing comeback. Hermantown went back on top at 10:50 with a Andrew Mattson rebound goal. Finally, with their goaltender pulled, Hibbing tried desperately to tie the game and force overtime, only to have Jared Kohlquist loft a shot toward the empty Hibbing goal. Johnson, the Hibbing defender leapt to block the shot, only to have it tick off the end of his fingertips and continue down the ice.

Johnson landed, turned and gave the chase of his life after the sliding, yet slowing puck. Johnson and the puck arrived at the goal line at the same time, and he swiped his stick as he dove in a valiant effort to knock the puck sideways before it crossed the line. Agonizingly, he made contact with the puck just after it was over the line to seal the victory for Hermantown, who would advance to the finals the next day.

We stayed for most of the second game, in which St. Thomas Academy overpowered Thief River Falls 5-0 and left to take in more of the of Expo before calling it a day.

Saturday, following an exciting morning of Pinewood Derby racing, we and our Cub Scout returned to the Hockey Expo to take in the proceedings from the viewpoint of a seven year old. Donned in the "State of Hockey" t-shirt won the previous day, his goal was to try out as many stick handling, puck shooting, lucky wheel spinning interactive opportunities as possible.

Many exhibitors obliged, with displays of puck rebound devices, goal net target practice inserts, stick handing drill contraptions, hardest shot radar guns and puck shooting accuracy contests, as well as lucky spinning wheels and hockey stick "putting" contests for prizes.

Saturday's haul for our seven year old included free commemorative patches from the Minnesota Wild won on their lucky spinning wheel, an autographed 8x10 from former Minnesota Gopher and NHLer Paul Broten, a Nikolai Khabibulin McFarlane Sports Pick action figure purchased from the trading card portion of the show, a very nice shot of the two of us in front of a "green screen" with a goal superimposed behind us for free from Total Hockey, a free Easton backpack from their large display area, a free training ball from EZPuck.com, free pencils from USA Hockey, a Goldy Gopher tattoo and a Target Stores bandana for free from the 2011 NCAA Frozen Four booth, a backpack won by our 7 year old at the Shock Doctor booth in a shooting accuracy contest and a free puck from HockeyTrain.com.

2011 Hockey Expo haul
Saturday's swag from the Expo

Following the closing of the Expo at 6 PM, we learned of tickets still being available for the Class AA championship final at 7 PM between the Duluth East Greyhounds (24-5-0) and the Eden Prairie Eagles (23-5-2), and still not having had enough hockey, bought ourselves a pair of seats higher up than planes fly, but darn it, we were in the building for the championship game as part of an announced crowd of 15,078.

Eden Prairie's students cleverly took up three sections in the upper deck to our right, one dressed all in black, the middle one all wearing red and the near section all decked out in white shirts! We even spotted gorillia, banana and chicken suits!

After a scoreless first period, Duluth East struck first at 3:31 of the second period on a perfectly run power play when Trevor Olson buried a perfect cross-ice pass from Jake Randolph into a wide open net that Andrew Ford could do nothing to stop.

Eden Prairie evened the score at 1:43 of the third period when Mark Rath lifted one over JoJo Jeanetta in the Greyhounds goal who was laying prone on the ice after stopping a previous in close attempt.

As the fans continued to chant for their teams and at each other, the intensity continued to rise. with 7:29 remaining in the game, Olson fired a shot at Ford in the Eden Prairie goal. It hit him up high and went off his blocker and bounced up into the air. Floating and tumbling, the puck continued in a lazy arc farther upwards - and backwards. Ford, as well as two of the Eagles all made desperate swipes or reaches for the puck which eventually cleared the goal line and came down inside the net, along with two of the diving Eden Prairie defenders, for the second Duluth East lead of the game.

With just under three minutes remaining in the game, David Rath evened the score when he tucked a rebound of a point shot past Jeanetta to once again tie the game and keep Eden Prairie's hopes alive and make the black, red and white sections, as well as the chicken, the gorilla and the banana go, well, bananas.

The remainder of the period passed scoreless, sending the game into overtime with 22 shots for Eden Prairie to 20 for Duluth East. The periods in high school hockey are 17:00 minutes long and the rules call for a three minute break and followed by a 8:00 overtime. It was the second championship game to go to overtime that day, as St. Thomas Academy prevailed 5-4 in overtime after falling behind 3-0 to Hibbling in the first 7 minutes of their Class A championship game earlier in the day.

The officials did a commendable job, letting the players play and the first overtime concluded with the Eagles holding a 3-2 lead in shots. The teams went to the locker room as the ice was resurfaced before the second overtime, a full 17:00 period.

The Greyhounds easily outshot the Eagles 6-2, but the Eden Prairie defense kept the Duluth East forwards out wide, as nearly every shot was a long way out and easily seen by Ford in goal for the Eagles.

The third overtime, scheduled for 8:00 of time, began with a whiff on a puck by a Eden Prairie defender and a lunging backhand by Duluth East that went just wide. Jeanetta had to deal with another of the unusual number of bouncing dump-ins sent his way during the game, all of which he handled well, any one of which could have gone horribly wrong. Meanwhile, Ford stoned a wraparound attempt by Duluth East, one of the few times he had to deal with a close in shot during what had now become the longest final in state tournament history.

Finally with 3:28 to play, the Greyhounds dumped the puck in deep, where Nick Seeler, who played an excellent game on defense for the Eagles, corralled the puck and sent it up to Des Shavlik at the left blueline. Shavlik made a great cross-ice pass up to Curt Rau who caught up to the puck at the red line and skated it into the Duluth East zone along the right boards. Once over the line he put everything he had into a low, hard shot a Jeanetta.

Jeanetta got a large piece of the puck while just outside of his crease, but the puck somehow got through him, and after deflecting off the inside of his left leg, came out behind him and slowly slithered across the top of the blue paint. Andrew Kerr, seeing the puck sitting loose in the Greyhounds crease took two quick strides and took a swipe at the puck to clear it, but only ticked it with the heel of his stick, leaving it moving to the left but only just outside of the crease.

Kyle Rau arrived on the scene for the Eagles in full flight, and made a desperate, lunging backhand swipe at the puck. In the blink of an eye, he made solid contact with the puck, only to have it rebound off the pipe, back into the crease and off of the unlucky Kerr's skate blade and into the net for the championship winning goal at 3:17 of the third overtime to give Eden Prairie their second State Championship in three years. The goal sent the team and their fans into euphoria that only high schoolers are capable of while the Duluth East players showed the misery and disappointment only high schoolers are capable of.

But what about today's featured jersey you ask? Yes, we have not forgotten about that aspect of Third String Goalie.

Today's featured jersey is a 2011-12 Ak Bars Kazan Alexei Morozov jersey purchased directly from Lutch at the Hockey Expo. This amazing jersey is a change in approach for Lutch, as for the first time, not only are the KHL logo on the neck and the beautifully executed main crest fully embroidered sewn on patches, as their authentics have had before, but the Kazan name on the shoulder, the sleeve and back numbers and the name are all fully sewn on two layers of twill and the "snow leopard" shoulder patch is also fully embroidered into the jersey!

We've long been fans of dye-sublimated jerseys from Tackla, as far back as the late 1980's, and Lutch jerseys, which date back nearly as far in our collection. Their bright colors wash and wear beautifully and are not subject to cracking and peeling like heat sealed or silk screened graphics, but this new level of quality out of Russia rivals anything produced for NHL clubs, if not surpasses it.

For more on Morozov, who was flag bearer for Russia and captain of the Russia National Team at the most recent Winter Olympicsin Vancouver, please see our recent article on him here.

Ak Bars Kazan 11-12 F
Ak Bars Kazan 11-12 B

Bonus Jersey: Today's bonus jersey is a 2007-08 Russia National Team Alexander Ovechkin jersey. This style jersey with the multiple sponsorship patches would have been worn in competitions outside of the World Championships and Olympics when Nike supplies the national team, such as the Super Series of games between the junior teams of Russia and Canada, or the Channel One Cup (formerly known as the Izvestia Cup as it was known from 1969 to 1996) held each December as part of the Euro Hockey Tour.

While we are not certain Ovechkin actually wore this particular style due to his NHL commitments, with Lutch not wanting to bring the jerseys back to Russia with them at the conclusion of the show, the price was simply too good to pass up.

While the previous style of jersey featured all sewn on twill names and numbers, this jersey is a prime example of the more familiar all dye-sublimated jerseys we have grown accustomed to from Lutch. Note in particular the blue pointed spikes which fade from dark blue to light blue across their length, something impossible to do with twill.

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Russia 07-08 B

Here is the 2011 Minnesota High School Hockey Tournament All Hockey Hair Team!

Next is a highlight video showing the color, excitement, enthusiastic fans, crazy costumes, dramatic plays and goal celebrations of the entire 2011 tournament, concluding with the memorable final goal in the third overtime of the Class AA championship final.


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