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    Too Late To "Bale" Out With This Stunning Early 1990s Goalie Jersey

    Alright, it's been over a month since the last new piece, but here I am back again! Like usual, if you enjoy seeing the goalies of past and present, both stars and relative unknowns, don't forget to "Like" Bruce C. Goaltending Museum on Facebook. Anyways, on with the show!

    Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada on August 6, 1971 Mike Bales was an oft-peppered goaltender at Ohio State University. Noticing the potential in Bales, the Boston Bruins drafted him 105th overall in 1990. After finishing his Unviersity career he transitioned over to the American Hockey League with the Providence Bruins, where he took over the starting role. And then, like with the other goalies, it happened. On January 9, 1993 after John Blue was pulled, Mike Bales made his NHL debut for the Bruins against the New Jersey Devils. Bales stopped nine of ten shots in the team's 6-2 loss. He played the entirety of the following season with Providence before being signed by the Ottawa Senators. In 1994-95, Bales was the starting goaltender for the PEI Senators and appeared for three minutes in a single game with the main club. The following season, he spent the majority of the season with the Ottawa Senators. He appeared in 20 games that season, recording a 2-14-1 record. Then in 1996-97, he made one final appearance for the Sens. From there he remained with minor league affiliates of the Sabres and Stars until the conclusion of 2000-01. Afterwards he travelled to Europe and played in Britain, Germany and Sweden before retiring in 2004-05. In 2015-16, as goalie coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Mike Bales mentored young goaltender Matt Murray, who eventually led the team to a Stanley Cup victory.

    In his playing career, Bales appeared in 23 NHL games, recording a 2-15-1 record with a 4.13GAA, and a 0.869% save average. He appeared in no playoff games.

    The piece you are looking at right now is a 1994-95 Prince Edward Island Senators AHL jersey worn by Mike Bale, the year he recorded his personal best ever wins total (including all seasons of hockey in any league). The wear is substantial in comparison to jerseys from the modern era and includes unrepaired holes, team repairs, piling at the neck, countless puck and stick marks, heavy post transfer on the back, and a salted fight strap.

    Acquired from: Mike Hogan, included Senators' LOA

    Dates of Game Use: Large portions of the AHL season. Exact dates unknown.

    Photomatched: No, referenced

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    This is great, congrats on another piece to the collection!

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    Very cool. Really enjoy these threads..... often get to read (and learn) about guys I didn't know of before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 30ranfordfan View Post
    Very cool. Really enjoy these threads..... often get to read (and learn) about guys I didn't know of before.
    That is very much appreciated!

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