USA Hockey has entered into an exclusive multi-year agreement with the MeiGray Group to authenticate and market game-worn jerseys from events played by U.S. teams in international competition.
For the first time ever, authenticated game-worn U.S. jerseys from the men's and women's Olympic teams, men's and women's world championships teams, and teams that have competed in the World Junior Championship, will be available to fans across the globe.
Jerseys worn by the 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's and Women's Ice Hockey Teams will be the first jerseys up for bid at auction.nhl.com.
· Bidding is already underway on the set of white jerseys worn by the Men's silver-medal winning Team in its 6-1 victory over Norway in the Preliminary Round.
· Bidding begins ends on Thursday, April 1 on the set of 1960 Retro jerseys worn by the Men's silver-medal winning Team in its 5-3 victory over Canada that clinched first place in the Preliminary Round and awarded Team USA the No. 1 seed throughout the Quarterfinals and Medal Round.
· Bidding begins Thursday, March 11 and ends Tuesday, April 6 on the set of white jerseys worn by the Women's silver-medal winning Team in its 13-0 victory over Russia in the Preliminary Round.
One set of 23 white jerseys, one set of 23 blue jerseys, and one set of 23 1960 Retro jerseys, was manufactured by Nike and prepared for use by the men's team in the Games. Each jersey was barcoded before the tournament.
The jerseys from the gold medal final against Canada were given to the participating players.
The jerseys available in the auction were collected after each game by Team USA's equipment staff. Each jersey will be security-tagged with an individually serial-numbered USA Hockey-MeiGray Authentication Program inventory tag.
Proceeds from all auctions will benefit the USA Hockey Foundation.
"We're pleased to provide a program whose proceeds will provide resources for future generations of players through the USA Hockey Foundation," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, "It's also a tremendous program in the sense that it gives our fans an opportunity to share in the legacy of our teams through purchasing game-worn jerseys."
"We are honored and delighted that USA Hockey has chosen to work with us," said Barry Meisel, MeiGray's president and chief operating officer. "As game-worn jersey enthusiasts, we are excited to see authenticated, game-worn, Team USA jerseys available."