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Jukka Nieminen Auction Underway

The Phoenix Coyotes, together with the Minnesota Wild and the MeiGray Group, are auctioning autographed game-worn captains’ jerseys donated from 28 NHL teams to benefit the family of Jukka Nieminen, the long time massage therapist for the Phoenix Coyotes.

Jukka Nieminen

Jukka Nieminen

Nieminen, a native of Finland, who spent 16 years with the franchise beginning in Winnipeg, died June 11 of a heart attack at age 40.

He was to be married the next day.

Nieminen came to the U.S. as a player but injuries led him on a different career path.  He was extremely popular around the NHL.

The auction will raise college funds for his two daughters, Alexandra, 12, and Caroline, 7.

The Jukka Nieminen Game-Worn Jersey Charity Auction is underway and ends on Thursday, December 30, beginning at 9 pm ET.

Each auction will include the five-minute rule.

Highlights of the auction include:

· Pittsburgh Penguins 2010-11 game-worn and autographed jersey worn by Sidney Crosby.

· Washington Capitals 2010-11 game-worn and autographed jersey worn by Alexander Ovechkin.

· Carolina Hurricanes 2010-11 game-worn with Helsinki Patch and autographed jersey worn by Eric Staal.

· Phoenix Coyotes 2010-11 game-worn with Prague Patch and autographed jersey worn by Shane Doan.

· Columbus Blue Jackets 2010-11 game-worn with Stockholm Patch and autographed jersey worn by Rick Nash.

· San Jose Sharks 2010-11 game-worn with Stockholm Patch and autographed jersey worn by Joe Thornton.

Every jersey has been authenticated by MeiGray, and will be registered in the MeiGray’s Registration System.

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