Thursday, October 30, 2014

1989-90 Buffalo Sabres Phil Housley Jersey

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.

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.

Housley Sabres, Housley 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.

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 in St. Louis before once more being traded, this time to the Calgary Flames, who would then send him to the New Jersey Devils in 1995-96.

Housley Devils, Housley Devils

He then signed as a free agent with the Washington Capitals for the 1996-97 season, in which he would play in his 1000th game on this date in 1996. Housley would go on to set the unfortunate record of playing the most games in history without ever winning the Stanley Cup with 1,495. The closest Housley came to winning the cap was the following season with the Capitals when they made the 1998 finals.

Housley Capitals, Housley Capitals

He made a return to Calgary for the next three seasons followed by two as a Chicago Blackhawk who traded him to the Toronto Maple Leafs, his eight and final team, where he would play in just a single regular season game and three playoff games to end his 21 year career.

Housley Flames, Housley Flames

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 skate at forward as well. His final statistical totals were 1495 games played, 338 goals and 894 assists for 1232 points.

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

Housley USA, Housley USA

Today's featured jersey is a 1989-90 Buffalo Sabres Phil Housley jersey. The Sabres wore this style from their inaugural 1970-71 season through the 1995-96 season. Naturally, there were a few variations along the way which will allow collectors to date various jerseys, as the Sabres began life with lace up collars and no names on the back. Names arrived in 1977, shoulder logos and v-nick collars in 1978 and much bolder arm and waist striping in 1983.

After a change to an entirely new identity package in 1996, including new team colors of black and red, the Sabres classic jersey returned as an alternate jersey in 2006 and an updated version appear again as an alternate in 2008, which then became the team's primary jersey in 2010.

Buffalo Sabres 1989-90 jersey photo BullaloSabres1989-90Fjersey.jpg
Buffalo Sabres 1989-90 jersey photo BullaloSabres1989-90Bjersey.jpg

Bonus jersey:  Today's bonus jersey is a 2005 United States National Team Phil Housley jerseyInternationally, Housley played for the United States in the 1984 and 1987 Canada Cups, the World Championships in 1982, 1986, 1989, 2000, 2001 and 2003 and captured a gold medal in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.

This style jersey made it's debut at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and was used during the World Juniors, World Championships, Olympics and 2004 World Cup, remaining in use through the 2005 World Junior Tournament.

This jersey sports Bauhaus sponsor patches on the shoulders, which is a unique element of jerseys worn during the World Championships.

USA 2005 jersey, USA 2005 jersey

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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