Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
PLAYER: Frank Pietrangelo
YEAR: 1990-91 (first set)
SIZE: 54 goalie-cut
FABRIC: Ultrafil knit
NOTES: Crest, numbering, and lettering are all sewn-on. Number (40) written in black sharpie on collar tag. "41st NHL All-Star Game" patch sewn on left shoulder. CCM logo
and NHL shield embroidered on rear hem. Light but consistent wear throughout with stick/puck marks, including a thick one through the crest, plus some light sweat stains in the shoulders, red post paint transfers on the back, and fabric pilling. Fight strap is cut-out.
The Penguins wore the All-Star patch during the 1989-90 season and had ordered a new set of home and road jerseys for the playoffs. However, the shirts went unused after the team narrowly missed the playoffs that year.
The Pens then began the 1990-91 season wearing those left-over shirts with the All-Star patch. After the Pens wore the shirts throughout the preseason and early portion of the regular season, the Chicago Blackhawks filed a formal complaint with the league, since they were hosting the 42nd NHL All-Star game that was to take place that year. The league sided with the Blackhawks, and the Pens were forced to switch to a new set of jerseys without the patch.
This jersey is part of that left-over 1989-90 set that was worn during the early part of the 1990-91 season. Later that year in the playoffs, Pietrangelo would make what has come to be known simply as "The Save", helping the Penguins to win their first Stanley Cup Championship.
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