Tony Cassolato went undrafted after three seasons in the OHL with the Peterborough Petes. He turned pro in 1976 and played 43 games with the San Diego Mariners of the World Hockey Association, scoring 13 goals and 25 points as a rookie. The Mariners folded after that season and Cassolato spent the next two years with the Birmingham Bulls. His best season came in 1977-78 when he lit the lamp 18 times and collected 43 points. His WHA totals in three seasons included 44 goals scored and 44 assists in 184 games played. When the WHA ceased operations, Cassolato joined the Washington Capitals organization. He was a call-up in three consecutive seasons from 1979-80 to 1981-82. During that time he played in 23 games for the Capitals and scored a goal and added 6 assists for 7 points. The bulk of his time was spent with the Capitals AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears. Cassolato spent the entire 1982-83 season with the Bears and the following year playing in Europe before retiring.
This Maska Ultrafil size 50 knit home jersey was worn by Cassolato for the Capitals in the 1981-82 season. That was the only year Cassolato wore number 40. In that season, he played 12 games and scored his only NHL goal and added 4 assists. It has decent game wear with plenty of marks, three team repairs on the left arm, another long repair on the lower right back. It is possible this jersey was recycled for Cassoloto and worn by another player during the preseason. Cassoloto wore #25 in 1980-81 and #12 in 1979-80.