Game-worn jerseys worn by Team Canada in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games are being sold in a special online auction through the Hockey Canada Foundation. The intent is to raise money to “grow the game at the grassroots level across the country,” according to a news release.
Jerseys from the women’s team are already online with bidding on eBay continuing through February 22.
The online auction for Canada’s Men’s Olympic Hockey Team begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Tuesday, Feb. 20, and closes on Feb. 25.
Up for grabs are the game-worn jerseys of all 48 players who were named to the women’s and men’s Olympic hockey teams, including those of two-time Olympic gold-medallist and women’s team captain Marie-Philip Poulin, and 2011 Stanley Cup champion and men’s team captain Chris Kelly. A letter of authenticity from Hockey Canada, identifying the game(s) in which the jersey was worn, will accompany each lot.
“Canada’s Olympians – both past and present – inspire our nation to not only come together to support our athletes, but also to get involved in sport and active, healthy lifestyles,” said Donna Iampieri, executive director of the Hockey Canada Foundation. “We want to help make our women’s and men’s Olympic hockey teams’ legacies live on well beyond the Games themselves. Working with the Canadian Olympic Foundation, we will provide hockey and Olympic fans from around the world an opportunity to bid on a piece of the history from the 2018 Olympic Winter Games – game-worn Olympic hockey jerseys from the 48 players who are representing our nation in PyeongChang.”
Net proceeds from the jersey auctions will be shared between the Hockey Canada Foundation and Canadian Olympic Foundation.