So I found a jersey cleaning out some old stuff, it's not in great shape but looks to be an original from Either 70-71 or 71-72, that's my guess because it has the 'V' on the arms
It has a fighting strap and the maker is general athletic
The only thing I can't figure out is that it's number 35, which I've researched and researched and can't find any info on
It's definitely in pretty rough condition so I'm assuming it was worn by someone, though I think it's shrunk so maybe it was just am extra and whoever had it for the last 40 years has just treated it poorly
Any help would be great, when I wear it people always ask who 35 is and I'd love to be able to tell them a name!
bruce bullock ?
Following his college career, Bullock was signed by the Chicago Blackhawks. However, after only a few months in the Hawks' system, he was sold to the Vancouver Canucks as additional goaltending depth for their system. He would catch a break in 1972–73, when an injury to Canuck starter Dunc Wilson forced his recall from the minors. He would appear in 13 games for Vancouver, posting a 3–8–3 record with a 4.79 GAA.
According to the Canucks website, the V only lasted the first season (1970-71) and none of the players who wore 35 (Alex Auld, Richard Brodeur, Bruce Bullock, Ed Dyck, Bob Essensa, Troy Gamble, Curt Ridley, Dany Sabourin, Cory Schneider, Kevin Weekes, Steve Weeks, Kay Whitmore.) played during that season. The earliest is Ed Dyck, Bruce Bullock, and Richard Brodeur who all started playing in 1972.
Try emailing the picture to the Canucks maybe? Or maybe to John Garret or John Shorthouse?
All the jerseys back then were small (I've handled an original before) - you have to remember they had barely any padding back then and weren't exactly built-up athletes that we see today. It probably has not been shrunk, but is in fact the original size.
You have quite the collectors item there - if you aren't set on keeping it perhaps contact either the Canucks or BC Sports Hall of Fame to perhaps have it framed or put into an exhibit.
Edit: if anyone picked up the replica of the first game day magazine at the start of the year - they could check in the player listings there.
Well he won the Turner Cup (IHL) for Des Moines in 1974 and held the GAA for Penticton when he was BCJHL. I am reading that in certain circles (junior) he's a bit of a legend. He has his own Wikipedia page.