1968-69 Houston Apollos CHL Game Worn Jersey
While the parent club in Montreal totally dominated the world of hockey in the '60's and through the '70's, the on ice fate of the Houston Apollos was never more than average at best. Their farming grounds though did prove fertile, as the list of former players reads like a who's who of '60's and '70's talent. Tony Esposito, Phil Myre, Gerry Desjardins, Rogatien Vachon, and Ernie Wakely all spent time between the pipes in Houston. As did memorable players like Jean Gauthier, Christian Bordeleau, Ernie Hicke, Jacques Lamaire, and future WHA Aero John Schella. Unfortunately, the Apollos were simply not able to bring in the size crowds that could justify Montreal having a farm club so far away from the home team base. So after the 1968-69 season, the Apollos quietly folded up shop. Offered are one of the few relics from this short-lived franchise to have survived and possibly one of the finest minor league hockey jerseys extant. This "home" white jersey, worn by team captain Bob Ellett in the 1968-69 season, has "Apollos" chain-stitched to the chest over a rocket ship logo and his Captain's "C" on the right shoulder. On the reverse and sleeves is his number "8" in blue-on-red tackle twill and at neck is the original front-tie. Several team repairs can be found throughout the well-used gamer but overall it still retains fantastic eye-appeal.
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