1948-49 PCHL San Diego Skyhawks
# 6 Joe McArthur Game Worn Jersey
This jersey was worn in the 1948-49 PCHL season in which the San Diego Skyhawks would win the Henderson Cup. Joe McArthur wore # 6 for the entire 1948-49 season. This jersey originated from the estate of Morden Skinner, Selkirk, Manitoba. Skinner was the playing coach for the San Diego Skyhawks for the 1948/49 and 1949/50 seasons.
Remarkably, Joe McArthur played for eight professional teams in two different leagues from 1946-51.
American Hockey League )AHL)
- Buffalo Bisons
- Springfield Indians
United States Hockey League (USHL)
- Dallas Texans
- Houston Huskies
- Louisville Blades
- Kansas City Royals
- Denver Falcons
He led the San Diego Skyhawks in points during the 1948-49 playoffs while capturing the Henderson Cup in the Final vs the Regular Season Champion, New Westminster Royals.
This jersey shows very well. He has the original Albion Knit tag in the collar. I have traced the Albion Knit company to having started in California in 1923. The sweater has a tie down collar with the original lace. There are 3 eyelets per side and the metal grommets are heavily corroded. This wool sweater is very similar in style to the NHL Montreal Canadiens. Red with blue and white trim. It has a heavy white cuff, felt crest (# 6) and back number 6. There are some holes scattered throughout which is typical of sweaters from this era. It is very rare to see sweaters from the original PCHL professional hockey league circa 1944-52.