Sam St. Laurent played his junior hockey with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL and went undrafted. He signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers in October 1979. He spent the next seven seasons with the Toledo Goaldiggers and the Maine Mariners and helped the Mariners to a Calder Cup title in 1983-84. In September 1984, the Flyers dealt St. Laurent to the New Jersey Devils for future considerations. St. Laurent was called up twice by the Devils in 1985-86 and appeared in four games including one where he posted a shutout. With Maine of the AHL in 1985-86, St. Laurent earned the Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award as the league's top goaltender and shared the Harry "Hap" Holmes Award with Karl Friesen for posting the best GAA in the AHL that season. The Devils traded St. Laurent in August 1996 to the Detroit Red Wings for defenceman Steve Richmond. He would appear in 30 NHL games with the Red Wings over the next four seasons, all split between the NHL club and their AHL affiliate in Adirondack. The Wings moved St. Laurent to the New York Rangers for cash in the summer of 1990 and he spent the season in the AHL with Binghamton. He closed out his career playing for the Canadian National Hockey Team that won a silver medal at the 1992 Olympics. St. Laurent played in 34 NHL games with one shutout and a 3.51 GAA.
This Red Wings jersey was worn by St. Laurent during the 1986-87 season. A partially detached Maska Ultrafil tag remains along the collar with a born-on date tag of “86 04”, along with an embroidered CCM patch on the lower hem. Nicely adorned with tackle twill numbers and letters, the garment has the back name affixed directly onto the sweater. Game-wear includes just a few dark marks present on the right sleeve, along with some pilling to the interior beneath the fight strap. St. Laurent wore #34 in 1986-87 with the Red Wings, #32 in 1987-88 and #35 in his final two seasons in Detroit. He also has the distinction of being the last goaltender in the NHL to wear a mask without a cage.