1-A White sweater from the Howie Morenz memorial game, worn by prominent Chicago Black Hawks star Harold “Mush” March. Forever immortalized for scoring the first Stanley Cup winning overtime goal in NHL history in 1934, Mush would play his entire 17 season career with the Black Hawks. Mush was also responsible for scoring the first goal at Maple Leaf gardens, further cementing his legend and place in the rich narrative of Canada’s national sport. The solid cream-coloured wool features both “Howie Morenz” and “Memorial Game” in black felt-on-felt plates across the chest, with the former arching over the latter. A thick felt “4” has been affixed to verso, with a single black star placed along the middle portion of the left sleeve. With just a few small holes on verso over the numbers, the sweater remains in absolutely gorgeous condition. The felt identifiers are all firmly affixed, with just a tiny bit of inconsequential staining to the interior that doesn’t permeate through the material. Comes with an LOA from the family.
Stirring wool sweater brings forth the story of the benefit game played at the Montreal Forum on Wednesday, November 3, 1937, to aid the family of the late great Howie Morenz who had died in hospital the previous March. The idol of a generation and one of hockey’s immortals, Morenz was just 34 when an embolism took him to the red, white and blue heavens, leaving behind a saddened hockey world and a legacy recounted countless times. The game pitted an All-Star team of Montreal Canadiens and Maroons against a lineup of All-Stars from the NHL’s other teams. Definitely one of the most important antique wools seen at auction in recent memory, this Mush March Howie Morenz memorial game sweater is the perfect companion piece to the matching example worn in the memorial by Babe Siebert, also offered in this auction. The sheer occurance of just one of these historic sweaters coming to auction is uncommon to say the least, while having a pair for both the Canadiens/Maroons and the NHL All-Stars is a hobby event unlikely to occur again. For those connoisseurs with the available means, this pair of paramount sweaters should definitely be reunited, and forever displayed together.
2-1929 Howie Morenz Signed NHL Document. Often called “The Babe Ruth of Hockey” for his status as the sport’s greatest talent and drawing card during the Roaring Twenties, Morenz also might bring to mind the Babe’s sidekick Lou Gehrig for his tragic, early passing. Signed eight years before a bone-shattering encounter with Chicago Blackhawks legend Earl Seibert first ended his career, and soon afterwards his life, this simple document establishes Morenz’ acceptance of an invitation to attend “the National Hockey League Golf Tournament” in his Montreal hometown. He signs a bold pencil “H. Morenz” and notes his handicap as a none too Bobby Jones-like “24.” The 8.5×11″ page bears a few stray markings from NHL headquarters and neatly torn punch holes at left, none of which diminish the visual appeal or desirability of this scarce document. A fitting cornerstone to any fine collection of hockey autographs. LOA from PSA/DNA. LOA from James Spence Authentication.
3- Commemorative Autographed 1St All Star Game Stick
For the first all-star game in NHL history two players were selected from each of the other eight NHL teams, while Rangers coach Lester Patrick was named the coach. For his starting lineup, Patrick chose Charlie Gardiner in goal, Eddie Shore and Ching Johnson on defence, and Howie Morenz, Bill Cook and Aurel Joliat as his forwards. Patrick expressed confidence that the fans in Toronto would welcome Shore’s participation.
The game was held on February 14, 1934, and featured a lavish pre-game ceremony that first saw the players assemble at centre ice to have photographs taken in their regular sweaters. They were then presented with their all-star jerseys by Frank Calder, Lester Patrick, Leaf officials and Ace Bailey himself. Gardiner stepped out first to receive his number 1 uniform, and was then followed by Shore, who wore number 2. The crowd of over 14,000 fans went completely silent as Shore slowly skated toward Bailey. After a moment, Bailey extended his hand towards Shore, and the crowd erupted in loud cheering as the two shook hands.
The players were presented with medals and windbreakers by officials of the Canadiens and the Maple Leafs, and the fans cheered each player as they were introduced, even those who were previously unpopular with the Toronto crowd. The ceremony concluded with Conn Smythe presenting Bailey with his own sweater, and announcing to the crowd that no Leafs player would again wear Bailey’s number 6. It marked the first time in NHL history that a team retired a player’s uniform number.
4-1930 Game Used Georges Mantha Stanley Cup final Game Stick signed by 13 members of the Montreal Canadiens team. The 1930 Stanley Cup Finals was played between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens. In a best of three series, Montreal won 4–3 and 3–0 to win the team’s third Stanley Cup championship. The defending champion Boston Bruins had an outstanding season. Their final record of 38–5–1 translates to an .875 winning percentage, the best in NHL history. The team did not lose two games in a row all season, until being swept by the Canadiens. This prompted the change for the following year in the Finals format to a best-of-five format.
The final was a best of three series. The Canadiens had lost all four of their regular-season meetings with the Bruins. Captain Sylvio Mantha was the leader, scoring in both final games.
Game one saw the Bruins play way below their usual form and George Hainsworth picked up a shutout. In game two, Howie Morenz scored what proved to be the winning goal at 17:50 of the second period and the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup. It was the first time all year that the Bruins lost two games in a row.
5. Red Howie Morenz Memorial Game Jersey
On January 28, 1937, a fluke on-ice accident ended the career of one of hockey’s brightest stars as Howie Morenz of the Montreal Canadiens was checked by Detroit’s Earl Seibert and as he fell into the boards, his skate became caught and shattered four bones in his leg. Over the next few weeks, hockey’s version of Babe Ruth languished in a local hospital and suffered a nervous breakdown as he was unable to play the game he loved so much. While he was due to be released, a coronary embolism took his life on March 8 and teammate Aurel Joliat famously opined “Howie loved to play hockey more than anyone ever loved anything, and when he realized that he would never play again, he couldn’t live with it. I think Howie died of a broken heart.” His funeral was a somber affair attended by thousands of fans.
The Howie Morenz Memorial Game took place at the Forum on November 3, 1937 and members of the local Canadiens and Maroons clubs combined to take on the NHL’s All-Stars. Team mascot Howie Morenz, Jr. took park in the pre-game warmup and $20,000 was raised for the family. The game itself saw the NHL side jump out to a 6-2 with just five minutes left on the clock, but in a strange move, some players were forced to leave early to catch trains for their home openers the next night. The Montreal side potted three late goals, but it was not enough to secure victory. Cy Wentworth, who wore this rare jersey, began his NHL career with Chicago before coming to the Maroons in 1932-33. Two years later, he was a Second All-Star Team member and won a Stanley Cup. He finished with the Canadiens in 1939-40.
BOTH JERSEYS TOGETHER
6. 1937 HOWIE MORENZ MEMORIAL GAME PROGRAM AUTOGRAPHED BY 15
AUTOGRAPHED BY : G. MANTHA, B. NORTHCOTT, W. CUDE, J. WARD, D. TROTTIER, A. JOLIAT, H. MORENZ JR., R. BLINCO, T. BLAKE, P. LEPINE, P. HAYNES, B. SIEBERT, C. WENTWORTH, E. ROBINSON, J. GAGNON