There may not be any hockey this season but Henrik Lundqvist is finding other ways to be productive. One of his game worn facemasks just set a record and proceeds are going to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Lundqvist mask sold for $66,000 in an online auction.
Ranger fan Molly Heines of New York placed the winning bid, which surpassed the June 2011 price paid for Los Angeles Kings goalie Rogatien Vachon’s mask, which sold for $24,655, according to Barry Levine of GameUsedMasks.com.
“It is great to see Henrik giving back to the city of New York for Sandy relief,” said Levine. “The money raised is going to a great cause, and $66,000 will go a long way in the relief efforts. That it is the highest priced goalie mask ever sold at public auction speaks volumes to how much people want to help out.”
The mask received over 25 bids in the short time it was up for auction, spanning just 20 days.
Other notable facemasks to be auctioned off include Gerry Cheevers’ game-used mask for $21,405 in March of 2006 and Bernie Parent’s game-used mask for $21,000 in April of 2004.
Heines is an avid collector of game worn and game used memorabilia. Her collection consists primarily of goalie equipment. Even the charity-minded Lundqvist was impressed with the record-setting bid.
“I think it’s an amazing amount of money,” he said. “To be able to donate this amount to people that really need it right now is great. I am incredibly thankful to everyone who bid on the helmet, especially the winner. This money will hopefully be able to make a real difference for some families who were directly affected by this storm.”
In collaboration with Steiner Sports, the Ranger put his own game-used facemask up for auction on November 5 in an effort to raise money for relief from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated much of the tri-state area.
Lundqvist, originally from Sweden, has served as the New York Rangers’ goalie since 2005 but began his professional career in 2001 playing for the Swedish hockey club Frolunda. Lundqvist was awarded the Vezina Trophy for the 2011-2012 season, an award recognizing the NHL’s best goaltender.
The auction was just one of many charitable contributions the Rangers’ goalie has been linked to. He also serves as the spokesperson for Madison Square Garden’s Garden of Dreams Foundation which is similar to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, granting wishes to children with terminal illnesses. More recently, Lundqvist played in a charity hockey game, Operation Hat Trick, bringing together several other NHL professionals including teammates Brad Richards and Dan Girardi. All proceeds from the game were donated to the American Red Cross, Empire State Relief Fund and the New Jersey Hurricane Relief Fund in addition to a $20,000 donation from the NHL Players’ Association.
Several of the jerseys worn in Operation Hat Trick are also available on auction. For more items benefiting Hurricane Sandy relief, please visit www.auction.steinersports.com.