It has been a little slow in the recent past when it comes to new jerseys joining my collection. As time goes by it is getting more difficult to track down classic blank jerseys, affordable game worn Avalanche jerseys, and current blank jerseys as well. The Avalanche playing better hockey means more popularity and higher prices too. I get that. It makes sense.
With that being said, here the latest addition to my closet.
Last season I pre-ordered Ryan O’Reilly’s set two white jersey during the season. The price was affordable for a player of O’Reilly’s caliber. That’s always a plus. Check it out.
As I watched the jersey in action it was really tough to identify any game use, marks, holes, etc. Watching the jersey on television and being limited as far as context in pictures posted after the games was a challenge too. Why doesn’t Ryan O’Reilly ever stand still? That’s rude. Sometimes it’s much easier to do the work once the jersey is in your hands. This was one of those times. As is usually the case, there were plenty of details to find and match. For example, there were a few team repairs on the left sleeve just below the elbow that I was able to match from the game in Long Island against the Islanders on February 8, 2014 as well as the game versus the Flyers in Philadelphia on February 6, 2014.
There were a few stick marks just below the crest here:
…that I matched to the February 3, 2014 game against the Devils in New Jersey.
There was also a mark behind the left shoulder here:
…which I matched to that same game against the Devils in New Jersey on February 2, 2014.
And while we’re speaking about the Devils game, O’Reilly scored the game-winning goal in overtime wearing this jersey as well. Drag ahead to 2:42 if you want to see the overtime winner by itself. Watch the whole thing if you like late Avs equalizers.
The great thing about these jerseys and the way they’re documented is that it’s much simpler (and entertaining) to track the action they’ve been a part of. This jersey was worn during 15 road games between December 21, 2013 and March 6, 2014. Overall, O’Reilly scored seven goals and recorded ten assists wearing it.
Here are the games:
And here is the game log for that period of time. There was no way to sort this by home and away games. Sorry for the scrolling.
Some other highlights featuring the jersey above:
Two goals against the Minnesota Wild on January 11, 2014. A power play goal in the second period that gave the Avalanche a 2-0 lead and the eventual game-winner in the third period. Backhand top shelf snipe anyone?
An early goal as well as the primary assist on Jamie McGinn’s eventual game-winning goal on January 24, 2014 against the Panthers in Florida.
An early third period beauty on a break and the secondary assist on Tyson Barrie’s eventual game-winner against the Blackhawks in Chicago on March 4, 2014.
Highlights and history surround this jersey worn during the middle of Ryan O’Reilly’s 2013-2014 Lady Byng award-winning season. Having the jersey in my collection is one thing. Matching it to pictures and video makes me appreciate it even more. Hope you enjoyed the ride as much as I enjoyed creating the ride for you.
Until the next jersey, and as always, Let’s Go Avs.