Thursday, October 14, 2021

2019-20 Name Kadri Alternate 3rd Set 2 (acquired from Avalanche Team sale)

This is Nazem Kadri's Alternate 3rd Set 2 game worn sweater from the 2019-20 season.  Kadri wore this sweater in three games, early in January of 2012.  He scored in this jersey on January 18th vs St Louis Blues at the Pepsi Center.  The jersey displays decent game use and has been photo matched several times. This sweater is the second Kadri that I have added to my collection.. He is a very important piece to the Avs' chances of winning their 1st Stanley up since 2001.

Photomatches of the sweater on Kadri in action

2019-20 Erik Johnson Alternate 3rd Set 2 (acquired from Avalanche Team Sale)

This is Erik Johnson's Set 2 alternate 3rd jersey from the 2019-20 season. The jersey was worn in three games by Johnson in the beginning of January during division rivalry matchups and not worn again because of the COVID shutdown on 3/11/20. The jersey exhibits very light wear on the sleeve and elbows consisting of light abrasions and burns. 

I was able to photomatch the sweater to a few loose whiskers vs Dallas Stars at the Pepsi Center in January of 2020. Always happy to add a Condor game worn jersey to my collection.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

2009-10 Wojtek Wolski Set 2 Road (MeiGray)

This is Wojtek Wolski's set 2 road sweater from the 2009-10 season.  This game worn sweater exhibits good wear consisting of numerous stick marks, board burns and some light pilling in the hem. I was able to photo match the sweater fairly easy, to contests in December of 2009.

Wolski was a very good Avs' player during his time in Colorado.  In 2009-10 he had the best season of his career scoring 23 goals and 42 assists for 65 points, helping the Avs qualify for the playoffs that season.

Set 2 written in sharpie on Size Tag in collar

MeiGray Set Tag in rear hem

Photomatch from game in December 2009 vs LA Kings at the Staples Center in Los Angeles

Monday, August 2, 2021

2000-01 Alex Tanguay Set 2 Road (Avalanche Team LOA) Stanley Cup Season

This is Alex Tanguay's set 2 road sweater from the 2000-01 Avalanche championship season.  Tanguay had a memorable post season that year and is also credited with the game winning goal in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals vs Martin Brodeur and the NJ Devils.  It is always amazing to add a Stanley Cup champion's sweater to your collection, especially an Avs' legend like Tanguay.  The sweater is my third 2000-01 SC season sweater and will go nicely with my Milan Hejduk and Chris Drury sweaters from the same championship year.

2001 NHL All Star Game patch displayed prominently on the right chest of the sweater. The game was played in Denver, CO at the Pepsi Center on 2/4/2001

Colorado Avalanche Team Set Tag in rear hem of sweater
Here is a photo of Tanguay wearing the sweater vs Devils in New Jersey on 12/8/2000. Photomatched to the marks on the Avs crest

Monday, July 19, 2021

2011-12 John Sebastian Giguere "Peter Forsberg Retirement Night" Warmup (Meigray)

This is JS Giguere's Forsberg Retirement Night warmup worn sweater worn in warmups the night of October 8th 2011 at the Pepsi Center in Denver Colorado. What a memorable night as I was in attendance for this game to watch Peter Forsberg's #21 get raised to the rafters. Giggy wore this beautiful 58G goalie cut sweater in warmups that night. The Avalanche hosted the rival Detroit Redwings this night, dropping the game 3-0.  It was also the future captain of the Avalanche Gabriel Landeskog's rookie debut. 

Forsberg and Giguere nameplates and both signatures are present on the back of the warmup sweater. Typically the way the Avs' have always customized retirement night sweaters of their greatest players

The beautiful "21" Foppa Retirement Night patch adorns the right chest of the sweater
Giggy wearing the sweater during Foppa's pre game retirement ceremony

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

1997-98 Wade Belak Set 1 Home

This is Wade Belak's game worn home sweater from the 1997-98 regular season.  Belak played only 8 games this season with 1 goal and 1 assist for 2 points both coming in the same home game against Washington.  Belak accumulated 27 penalty penalty minutes in the eight games made up of mostly fighting majors. The wear on the sweater is very light but staining from blood does exist.  Belak played with 5 different teams throughout his career, and was a beloved teammate and great enforcer in the league.. His life ended in tragedy in 2011 as he suffered from depression.. He committed suicide in a Toronto hotel room by hanging himself.. Belak will never be forgotten by his teammates, the league and fans.

                                    Belak wearing the sweater early in November 2007

2007-08 Kurt Sauer Set 1 Road 1.0 (MeiGray)

This is defenseman Kurt Sauer's Set 1 road sweater from the 2007-08 season.  Sauer played for the Avalanche for 3 seasons and was a very physical stay at home defenseman.  The sweater is the infamous 1.0 Reebok that the league got rid of fairly quickly after many teams complained about the materials that made up the jersey and that it didn't breathe or wick sweat. The sweater has nice wear and exhibits paint transfer team repairs and marks throughout.. Also the burgundy has bled onto the white fabric of the jersey causing a pink tinge which was common with this set.

His brother Michael Sauer also was a defenseman and played for the New York Rangers.  Both Sauer brother's careers were cut short by concussions.

Sauer in action in the sweater defends against Doug Weight of the St Louis Blues