Two of the NHL’s biggest rivals teamed up for a great cause when the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins faced off last week in Pittsburgh for the first time in the 2011-12 NHL season. The Capitals and Penguins organized a joint effort to raise money for the families of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, the KHL team that perished in a plane crash Sept. 7 in Russia.
Both teams wore a special one-game set of jerseys during the Capitals’ 3-2 overtime victory. Each jersey had a commemorative Lokomotiv Memorial patch for this game only.
The game-worn and game-issued jerseys were authenticated before and after the game by MeiGray, and autographed by each player after the game. Proceeds from the auction, which has begun and which will end on Thursday, Oct. 27 beginning at 9 pm ET, will benefit the Lokomotiv players’ children and families.
There are 25 Penguins jerseys (20 game worn and 5 game-issued), including an autographed game-issued jersey signed by Sidney Crosby and a game-worn jersey worn by Evgeni Malkin, who took the ceremonial faceoff dropped by Pens owner Mario Lemieux with the Caps’ Alex Ovechkin. The Ovechkin jersey had a high bid of $2540 as of Tuesday night while the Crosby was at $2430.
There are 24 Capitals jerseys (20 game worn and 4 game-issued), including the jersey worn by Ovechkin when he scored his first goal this season. Each jersey has the “Lokomotiv” patch sewn onto the jersey. Each player wore only one jersey in the game and each was autographed following the game. Here’s a link to the auction.