Could Canadian Government Buy Henderson Jersey?

Even the most wealthy bidders in the current Classic Auctions sale may be facing a stiff opponent.

Paul Henderson jerseyThe Canadian government is considering the possibility of entering the bidding for Paul Henderson’s 1972 Summit Series jersey that went on the block late last month.

The jersey is one of the country’s most cherished hockey artifacts, having been worn by the player who became a national hero for his goal that beat the Soviet Union in 1972.  Many age 45 and over consider it the nation’s finest sports hour.

The jersey was given to a team trainer after the game.  He kept it for many years, but eventually sold it to a private collector.  The latest owner has consigned it to Classic Auctions, based in Montreal and the company is currently offering it as the premier item in their latest event.

Bidding has already gotten serious, topping $140,000 with nearly three weeks to go in the auction.  After a media outlet asked about potential federal backing of a public purchase of the jersey under Canada’s cultural property laws, the Department of Canadian Heritage said it was open to the idea.

The National Post has the intriguing story and a picture of the famous moment.