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1973 Jersey Knights Tee

$34.00

DTG2126S

The Story

The New York Golden Blades became the Jersey Knights mid-way through the 1973-74 season when the WHA, who had acquired the franchise from owner Ralph Brent, decided to move the team to Cherry Hill, New Jersey to the recently vacated Cherry Hill Arena (the previous pro hockey tenant, the Jersey Devils, had folded when the Eastern Hockey League went out of business at the end of the previous season). 

(*Having been locked out of Madison Square Garden just prior to their move, the players were unable to take their Blades jerseys with them, so the team reverted to the previous Raiders uniforms, with the original crest replaced with the new Knights logo*).

The newly minted Knights soon discovered their new home was less than ideal for a pro team. There was a slope in the ice surface, forcing the visiting teams to skate uphill two out of three periods, and the locker rooms were tiny, forcing the visiting teams to dress at their hotel. In addition, there was no plexiglass around the playing surface. The boards in the area from face-off circle to face-off circle at each end of the ice was bordered with chicken-wire as protection.

Within five weeks of the move, reports had already begun to state that the franchise would not stay in Cherry Hill beyond the end of the season, as Cherry Hill Arena was inadequate. At the end of the 1974 season, the franchise was purchased from the league by Southern California businessman Joseph Schwartz and moved to San Diego, becoming the San Diego Mariners.

Our signature tee that was crafted with the intention of being the softest shirt in your lineup. Made with a blend of fabrics including high quality combed and ring spun cotton, our tee is cut for a modern fit and printed with premium inks that actually blend into the fabrics giving it more character with every wash.

  • Vintage Grey
  • Premium Tri-blend Fabric
  • Vintage Wash
  • Printed in New York