Team: Yale University Bulldogs
Style: Road Jersey
Tagging: Manufacturer's tag and size tag in neck
Set: ECAC and NCAA Playoffs
Patches: 2013 NCAA Frozen Four & ECAC Hockey
Acquired From: Gamewornauctions.net 11/30/2017 auction
Description: From Gamewornauctions.et: This blue air-knit gamer by Gemini was worn by Trent Ruffolo during the 2012-13 NCAA Championship playoff run straight thru the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh. Ruffolo is a native of Coral Springs, FL who began his collegiate career in 2011-12 with the Yale Bulldogs. Ruffolo spent 4 seasons playing the wing for Yale before graduating in 2015. While at Yale, Ruffolo won the 2013 National Championship, the only one of its kind in Yale school history. Incidentally, Ruffolo became the first hockey player from Florida to skate for Yale. Following graduation, Ruffolo tried his hand in the minors skating briefly for the Louisiana IceGators in 2015-16.
Sewn to the right breast of this gamer is the 2013 Pittsburgh Frozen Four patch. The game wear on this size 48 sweater consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes and inner pilling. Shown above is a beautiful photo match of Ruffolo holding up the National Championship Trophy. Yale was seeded 15th as the tournament began and were therefore designated the road team in every game, thus the reason they wore their blue jerseys in every tournament game they played. This Cinderella story saw Yale defeat some of college hockey’s most storied schools on their way to the title. They dispatched the Minnesota Gophers, the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux, the U-Mass Lowell River Hawks and finally the heavily favored Quinnipiac Bobcats who had already defeated Yale three times during the season. Yale won the title game by the score of 4-0 to win the National Championship. A beautiful Frozen Four photo matched example that was worn as Yale made NCAA history by winning their first and only National Championship!