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Smooth skater Phil Esposito dominated the NHL offensively in the early 1970s. In ‘70-’71, he was the leading scorer in the league, taking home the Ross Trophy. One year later, he repeated the feat. Talk about a double perfect play! Next season, he was the leading scorer again. A tri-peat! No way, he’d win four years in a row, right? Wrong! Well, he was the highest point getter in ‘73-74, making it a quartet of consecutive Art Ross titles (and fifth overall) ! Back to ‘70-71...the Bruins tallied an incredible 121 points that season and Espo and some guy named Robert Gordon Orr had a bit to do with it. It wasn’t enough as they lost in the quarterfinals to eventual Cup champion Montreal. Without exaggeration, Espo was a real trophy player every time he put on a jersey. Including this one. This classic tie front white dureen jersey with black and gold trim has a Wilson tag in collar with “52” noted in blue ink. Up front, the Bruins logo and the Alternate Captain’s “A” patch. Both sleeves have a “7” patch. The back has the tackle twill “7” that hangs retired in the rafters at the Fleet Center. Jersey shows good wear, rust in the clasp style fight strap, piling, stick nicks, and blood - all accumulated wacking in those famous “garbage goals”. It doesn’t get better that this for Bruins sweater collectors. Scoring this number 7 will make you feel like heaven!
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