JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK
- The Beginning: On June 22, 2012 van Riemsdyk was traded from the Philadelphia Flyers for Luke Schenn - a deal that has become quite one sided for the Leafs. van Riemsdyk has become a consistent offensive contributor for the Leafs, scoring 118 goals in his first 332 games with the team. Schenn has bounced around the league, playing for Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Arizona.
- The Jersey: The Leafs started wearing this primary home jersey design in 2010 and wore it until the conclusion of the 2015/16 season. The tail stripes that had been eliminated with the 2007 league-wide Reebok Edge redesign were restored, and the leaf shoulder patch returned after a decade-long absence. On October 15, 2016 the Leafs ended their policy of not retiring numbers (previously the numbers of franchise greats were 'honored', but remained in circulation). With Leaf Legend and Hockey Hall of Fame member Borje Salming having worn #21 with the Leafs, van Riemsdyk switched to #25 when #21 was retired to honor Salming. van Riemsdyk was the 12th (and final) Leaf to have worn jersey #21 after Salming.
- The Wear: Very light - a couple of stick marks and a board burn.
- The Season: van Riemsdyk would appear in 80 games for the Leafs during the 2013/14 season, scoring 30 goals and adding 31 assists. The Leafs would finish 6th in the Atlantic Division with a 38-36-8 record, missing the playoffs.
- Acquired: June 7, 2017.
- Source: Collector.
- LOA: Real Sports Collectibles.
- Photomatch: I believe the image below is a photomatch. Zooming in on the image of van Riemsdyk from a game versus Boston on April 3, 2014 shows a mark between the white sleeve bands on the left sleeve. This is consistent with a board burn found on the jersey.