There’s no Yao Ming just yet, but the NHL continues to work on growing the sport of hockey in the world’s most populated country. Now, jerseys from the league’s second ever set of pre-season games in China are up for grabs.
MeiGray Auctions is offering two dozen Boston Bruins jerseys from last month’s games in an auction taking place this month.
The Bruins and Calgary Flames faced off in the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games in Shenzhen and Beijing. The Bruins wore one new set of jerseys throughout the entire game, with the China Games Patch affixed to the right breast of the jersey. The Bruins wore white in a 4-3 win over the Flames on September 15 and black in their 3-1 win over the Flames four days later.
Gamers worn by Ryan Donato, Tuukka Rask, David Pastrnak, Kevan Miller and others are included. Bidding for each jersey opened at $200.
The China Games concept began last year when Vancouver and Los Angeles traveled to the country for a similar set of games. The Bruins were there, too, in 2016 and ’17, conducting youth hockey camps. The effort actually began three years ago when league employees and NHL alumni traveled to China to work with local schools and governments to provide equipment and other tools necessary to help them play.
“In some respects, it’s asking a lot of the clubs to essentially give up half of their training camp, bring their best players halfway around the world to play two games,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told NHL.com recently. “But there are clubs who have a big picture vision of what it could mean for the sport globally, what it could mean for our business globally, and are willing to do that.”
Bidding on the game-worn Bruins jerseys will continue through October 24 at MeiGrayAuctions.com.