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On October 7, 2001 at Madison Square Garden in New York the New York Rangers faced the Buffalo Sabres in a special game. Both teams wore their jerseys with the words "New York" positioned diagonally across the front in the wake of the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center less than a month earlier. Each player had one jersey except for four Sabres who had a backup jerseys made for the community relations department. This is one of those game-issued jerseys.

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Man, what I wouldn't give to have one of those jerseys; from EITHER team. I've been searching for one on eBay(yeah, right) for the longest time but I know I'd never be able to afford it anyway.

I'll never forget that night, either. I remember I actually had my season tickets that night but my parents didn't want me to go into the city. I ended up going to the Giants game in the afternoon(WSH - W) and then having to watch the game at home. I don't think anyone had dry eyes when Messier put that fire helmet on.

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Then when Leetch scored the winner it OT, I literally jumped out of my chair screaming and burst into tears at the same time. I really wish I would've gone to the game...instead I went to the next game against the Caps and newly appointed captain Jaromir Jagr. The Rangers got spanked 5-2 in Dan Blackburn's NHL debut...yes, I'm a hockey geek!

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This is where my creative side kicks in, and i figure out how easy it would be to have one of these made up. Both are easily done with a blank jersey from ice jerseys. The problem is the Rangers jersey while unique to the game, isn't all that different from what they have worn over the years, so it probably wouldn't be as appreciated at frist glace as the Sabres version. Really, a white version for the Rangers with New York and then black for the Sabers would have been a good way to go, as both jump out more to the casual fan. The Sabres is also probably easier due to the fact the New York is spelled out with the player name font, while the Rangers is done with their classic logo font, which I don't know how easy it is to come across. Now the real problem for me is finding a Porltand Winter Hawk to tie it into, which leaves only Mark Messier who only played one playoffs for us back in 80s, so its not even a strong tie in. Too bad, if there had been a way to do it with the Sabres, I would have been down.

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This is where my creative side kicks in, and i figure out how easy it would be to have one of these made up. Both are easily done with a blank jersey from ice jerseys. The problem is the Rangers jersey while unique to the game, isn't all that different from what they have worn over the years, so it probably wouldn't be as appreciated at frist glace as the Sabres version. The Sabres is also probably easier due to the fact the New York is spelled out with the player name font, while the Rangers is done with their classic logo font, which I don't know how easy it is to come across. Now the real problem for me is finding a Porltand Winter Hawk to tie it into, which leaves only Mark Messier who only played one playoffs for us back in 80s, so its not even a strong tie in. Too bad, if there had been a way to do it with the Sabres, I would have been down.

You couldn't still find a blank Sabres to have that done? I wonder how easy the shoulder patches would be to find on ebay.

I think that the Rangers version is still on my radar to have made some time. Better add that to my wantlist while I'm thinking about it.

Does anyone have any links to articles or boxscores from that game?

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I could, infact I think the Sabers would be a heck of alot easier, its just that I'm getting to the point where I'm making the overall theme off my collection to be Portland Winter Hawk related, and I cant find a way to make a Sabres from that game fall into that category.

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You couldn't still find a blank Sabres to have that done? I wonder how easy the shoulder patches would be to find on ebay.

I think that the Rangers version is still on my radar to have made some time. Better add that to my wantlist while I'm thinking about it.

Does anyone have any links to articles or boxscores from that game?

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/boxscore?gameId=211007013

Here is the boxscore for the game in question.

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Has anyone ever tried buying an authentic and removing the crest?

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Also, for those just curious how much these jerseys sold for......:

GW= Game-worn

GR= Game-ready (player didn't dress)

The number after the final price was the # of bids

10896034 New York Rangers - #21 Steve McKenna GR 2100.00 62 closed

10895765 New York Rangers - #25 Peter Smrek GR 2210.00 89 closed

10895856 New York Rangers - #47 Barrett Heisten GW 3010.00 66 closed

10895001 Buffalo Sabres - #55 Denis Hamel GW 2925.32 36 closed

10894728 Buffalo Sabres - #26 Eric Boulton GW 2450.55 51 closed

10895944 New York Rangers - #5 Dale Purinton GW 3729.99 77 closed

10895949 New York Rangers - #18 Zdeno Ciger GW 2860.00 75 closed

10895093 Buffalo Sabres - #45 Dimitri Kalinin GW 2615.00 48 closed

10895134 Buffalo Sabres - #9 Erik Rasmussen GR 3210.00 78 closed

10895853 Buffalo Sabres - #25 Vaclav Varada GW 2964.11 55 closed

10895094 Buffalo Sabres - #13 Vyacheslav Kozlov GW 3010.00 71 closed

10896079 Buffalo Sabres - #4 Rhett Warrener GW 3505.00 63 closed

10895854 Buffalo Sabres - #5 Jason Woolley GW 3187.00 70 closed

10894999 Buffalo Sabres - #17 Jean-Pierre Dumont GW 3310.00 54 closed

10895943 Buffalo Sabres - #42 Richard Smehlik GW 3120.00 69 closed

10895089 Buffalo Sabres - #37 Curtis Brown GW 3432.33 65 closed

10896213 New York Rangers - #23 Vladimir Malakhov GW 3630.00 101 closed

10896216 New York Rangers - #33 Dave Karpa GW 3330.00 79 closed

10895091 Buffalo Sabres - #31 Bob Essensa GW 3130.00 40 closed

10895133 Buffalo Sabres - #3 James Patrick GR 3260.00 59 closed

10895947 New York Rangers - #8 Michal Grosek GW 3600.00 54 closed

10895044 Buffalo Sabres - #74 Jay McKee GW 4261.33 49 closed

10896081 New York Rangers - #16 Mike York GW 4010.00 76 closed

10894953 Buffalo Sabres - #43 Martin Biron GW 4521.33 74 closed

10896214 New York Rangers - #26 Andreas Johansson GW 4710.00 81 closed

10895092 Buffalo Sabres - #77 Chris Gratton GW 4210.00 43 closed

10895135 Buffalo Sabres - #32 Rob Ray GW 4121.00 56 closed

10896304 New York Rangers - #93 Petr Nedved GW 4510.00 59 closed

10895946 New York Rangers - #6 Manny Malhotra GW 4010.00 46 closed

10895090 Buffalo Sabres - #18 Tim Connolly GW 4665.00 45 closed

10896217 New York Rangers - #34 Bryan Berard GW 5560.00 73 closed

10895901 Buffalo Sabres - #44 Alexei Zhitnik GW 4000.00 92 closed

10896267 New York Rangers - #31 Dan Blackburn GW 6010.00 66 closed

10895950 New York Rangers - #20 Radek Dvorak GW 5710.00 137 closed

10896035 New York Rangers - #55 Igor Ulanov GW 4360.00 53 closed

10895948 New York Rangers - #10 Sandy McCarthy GW 4360.00 57 closed

10895178 Buffalo Sabres - #81 Miroslav Satan GW 4361.00 69 closed

10894998 Buffalo Sabres - #41 Stu Barnes GW 5885.00 55 closed

10896303 New York Rangers - #88 Eric Lindros GW 8030.00 85 closed

10896033 New York Rangers - #11 Mark Messier GW 20010.00 47 closed

10896393 New York Rangers - #35 Mike Richter GW 15010.00 70 closed

10895902 New York Rangers - #14 Theoren Fleury GW 9030.00 114 closed

10865582 Buffalo Sabres - #61 Maxim Afinogenov GW 4125.33 65 closed

10863088 New York Rangers - #2 Brian Leetch GW 15010.00 67 closed

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