77 for 99

Wayne Gretzky's entire career was pretty much one broken record after another.  February 24, 1982 was no exception.  In the Oilers 64th game of the 1981 - 82 season, against the Buffalo Sabres, in the "Aud", Gretzky notched his 77th goal of the season.  With that goal, The Great One broke Phil Esposito's record for most goals in a seasonEnjoy the moment.

Don't you love how they stopped the game and had Esposito actually make a speech?  Would that happen today?  Probably not.

Gretzky would go on to score 92 goals in 81 - 82, leading the Oilers to a first place finish in the Smythe Division. He also broke his own record of 109 assists with an amazing 120 assists.  Look at what else Wayne won in 81 - 82:

  • Art Ross Trophy (awarded to the player who finishes the season with the most points)
  • Hart Memorial Trophy (awarded to the league's Most Valuable Player)
  • Lester B. Pearson Award (awarded to the Most Outstanding Player of the regular season)
  • NHL Plus / Minus Award

Unfortunately, Gretzky's amazing season ended abruptly when the Oilers were upset by the LA Kings in the first round of the playoffs.

Gretzky's 92 goals still stand as the record for the most goals scored in a single season.  Any guess who holds the #2 spot?  Yep, it's Wayne with 87 goals scored in the 83 - 84 season.  Do you think either of these records ever be broken?


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With the Winter Olympics in full swing we are all buzzing about hockey around the office! The Draft Day Track Jacket is just one of the new additions to the Mitchell & Ness NHL Line. Get yours while supplies last!

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Happy 60th Birthday Julius Erving!

We were thrilled to be one of the sponsors of NBA legend Julius Erving's 60th birthday party. The event was held this weekend at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ. Here are some shots from the event. Happy Birthday Doc!

 Julius Erving and Daughter Alexandra Stevenson Anthony Anderson Julius Erving and wife Dorys
 Julius meets the press NBA great Charles Oakley
Julius Erving and Bill Russell Alonzo Mourning, Julius Erving & Charles Oakley
Entertainment with Julius 
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History of the Varsity Letter

 

The concept of the varsity letter was first introduced in 1865, when the Harvard baseball team added an old English ‘H’ embroidered on their gray flannel shirt. Approximately ten years later, their football team followed and used the ‘H’ in 1875. For 25 years following the introduction of the varsity letter, it was the practice for the team captain to allow certain players who played in the most important games (Yale or Princeton) to keep the ‘H’ jerseys as an award. This may be the first record of the birth of the varsity letter as an award. The letterman sweater was first regularly used by the 1891 “Nine”Harvard baseball team. Their sweater was black with a crimson ‘H’ on the left chest. Letterman sweaters were the predecessor to letterman jackets. The letter was usually quite large and centered if the sweater was a pullover. If it was a cardigan style sweater, the letter was normally placed on the left side. The stripes on one sleeve designated the number of letters won; a star indicated the team captain. It is not known when the letterman sweater was introduced to high schools. The earliest photo that can be found is from a 1911 Phoenix Union High School yearbook. A student is pictured in a group photo wearing a v-neck sweater with the letter ‘P’ on the left chest.

 

The letter patch primarily consists of chenille and felt materials. The ground– or base- is felt, and the raised embroidery threads that create a chenille look are called a moss stitch. The outlining sew down stitch around the border of the chenille is a chain stitch. In the 1930s, the chenille letter award starting appearing on wool –bodied varsity jackets with leather sleeves. In addition to the large letter appliqué, players’ names and year of graduation would be added to the jacket. In addition, medals and team championship patches that the player would acquire through his school years would adorn the jackets.

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New NBA Headwear, Now Available!

The dust has settled from the NBA All Star festivities.  The trade deadline has passed.  So, it's time gear up for the second half of the season

We're here to help you get started with some stylish new NBA headwear.

 

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