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1941-1942 Tom Anderson Brooklyn Americans Game Worn Jersey - Hart Trophy Winning Year

1941-1942 Tom Anderson Brooklyn Americans Game Worn Jersey - Hart Trophy Winning Year

In the 1940-1941 season, the New York Americans missed the playoffs with a horrible record of 8-29-11, primarily caused by many of their Canadian players having to leave the team in 1940 after Canada entered World War II. The depletion of talent and wartime travel restrictions forced the team owner, Red Dutton, to sell off his best players for cash. He was also unable to clear away the debt that the team still carried from the Dwyer era. As a result, the Americans were an NHL team in name only. Dutton changed the team's name for the 1941-1942 season to the Brooklyn Americans. He had every intention of moving the team to Brooklyn, but due to a lack of a decent arena, the Brooklyn Americans continued to play their home games at Madison Square Garden while practicing in Brooklyn. They barely survived the season, finishing with a record of 16-29-3. Due to player shortages and lingering debt from the Dwyer era, the Americans suspended operations for the war's duration and they never did appear again. This is a one-of-a-kind jersey, partially because the team only existed for one year and partially because it was worn by Tom Anderson. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1911 and played professional hockey in Scotland as a defenseman before coming to North America and playing 8 seasons in the NHL. Anderson won the Hart Trophy this very year wearing this very wool jersey. "Brooklyn" down the front in red letters outlined in blue. Anderson's number 7 is no longer attached to the back of the jersey but the outline is very visible. United States of America/Canada flags patch on left sleeve. Fine use, with slight color bleed. Pilling inside and out, and small unrepaired holes. All original, save for the number removed from back. A very rare style combined with the team’s best player makes this one a PHENOMENAL piece!

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