Circa 1985-88 Gilles Meloche Game Used and Signed Stick (Used with Minnesota North Stars or Pittsburgh Penguins)
Gilles Meloche, born July 12, 1950, was drafted 70th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1970. To say he is a legend of the game is an understatement. The unfortunate part is that because of his placement on less than stellar teams during his heyday, most fans completely overlook his impact on hockey. He made his NHL debut with the Hawks in 1970-71 and never looked back. He played continuously in the NHL with the Hawks, California Golden Seals, California Seals, Cleveland Barons, Minnesota North Stars, and Pittsburgh Penguins until the end of the 1987-88 season. He was a regular playoff goalie with the North Stars as well during nearly his entire 7 season stint with the team. On top of that, he was even a goalie for Team Canada in the 1982 World Championships. After retiring from playing, he went on to become the goalie coach, as well as a front office employee for the Pens, finally getting his name etched on the Stanley Cup when the team won the Stanley Cup in 1991, 1992, and 2009.
In his NHL career he appeared in a total of 788 games, and recorded a 270-351-131 record to go along with a 3.64 GAA, 20 shutouts, and a 0.875% save average. In the playoffs, Meloche appeared in 45 total games and recorded a 21-19 record with 2 shutouts, a 3.48GAA, and a 0.889% save average. Meloche is one of the league's top 50 all-time winningest goalies, as well as the league's 4th all-time losingest.
What you are looking at is a circa 1985-88 Gilles Meloche game used stick utilized by this goalie with either the Minnesota North Stars or the Pittsburgh Penguins. Tough to say as he utilized this model of stick with this type of tape job near the end of his time with Minnesota and with the Pens. A stunning stick from the ending portion of a legend's career.
Acquired from: Global Vintage Sports, no LOA but would pass any 3rd party authentication.
Dates of game use: Unknown
Photomatched: No, referenced
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