1973-74 WHA Edmonton Oilers #30 Jacques Plante/Jack Norris
PHOTO REFERENCED TO BOTH JACK NORRIS AND JACQUES PLANTE AND THE TEAM PHOTO OF 1974-75.
This jersey was worn by goaltender Jack Norris of the WHA Edmonton Oilers for the full 1973-74 regular season and playoffs and was also worn by Hall of Fame goaltender, Jacques Plante for the 1974-75 preseason and publicity photos. It has come to my attention through the Edmonton Journal archives that Jacques Plante did indeed play two home Pre Season games in this jersey before succumbing to a hand injury. The two games in which he played in this jersey were 1) September 27th, 1974 vs Vancouver Blazers - played one period. 2) September 30, 1974 vs Vancouver Blazers - he cracked a bone in his catching hand.
The goaltenders who wore this jersey both had distinguished careers in the NHL. Jack Norris debuted with the NHL Boston Bruins in 1964-65 and also played for the Chicago Black Hawks and Los Angeles Kings. Jacques Plante is one of the most famous goalies to ever play the game. His career is legendary to say the least. He is on everyone’s list of top 5 goalies of all time. Jacques Plante jerseys are very seldom seen. This particular jersey shows very strong wear in the form of puck marks, goal post transfer on the inner arms, heavy pilling in the forearms from the gloves, heavy pilling inside, significant stretching and pulling and heavy washing on the numbers. The original "Plante" chain-stitched nameplate is sewn on the back with evidence of the previous "Norris" nameplate having existed prior. Photo referenced to both the Jack Norris Studio photo of 1973 and the Jacques Plante McDermid photo of 1974.