Something about that outdoor NHL game on New Year’s Day captured fans attention. Now, one of the teams is hoping there’s a carry-over to a special auction.
The Buffalo Sabres lost the game on Sidney Crosby’s late goal, but both teams came out winners when the Pittsburgh Penguins won the NHL Winter Classic.
A crowd of 71,000 watched in person and the game drew the biggest TV ratings for the sport in ten years. It was the first outdoor NHL game held in the United States.
Now, the Buffalo Sabres will be auctioning game-worn jerseys from the Classic as well as Ryan Miller’s specially-designed goalie mask.
The auction will conclude on Monday, January 14 at 9 p.m. Fans can access the auction by logging on to Sabres.com, or through the auction section on nhl.com. All proceeds from the auctions will benefit the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.
Each retro-style jersey up for auction was worn by a Sabres player during the first period of the January 1 game, and will come with a certificate of authenticity. Penguins jerseys and other game used items are also being sold.
All jerseys and pants shells worn in the game will be affixed with an individually numbered NHL-MGG Authentication Program security tag.