The NHL and NHL Players Association are raising some big money for charity with their ongoing game-worn equipment auctions. A Sidney Crosby jersey has been the biggest seller so far, fetching $12,131.
Collectors are getting some competition from charity-minded folks with deep pockets as the NHL’s "Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids" auction dives into it’s third week.
Sidney Crosby’s popularity is no longer in question after a sweater worn by Sid the Kid earned $12,131 last week. Several other jerseys have reached $5000+. The league and the NHLPA are running a total of six auctions from mid-January to the end of February. Thus far, over $170,000 has been raised.
Other notable final bids include jerseys from Crosby’s Pittsburgh teammate Evgeni Malkin, which raised $7,520, and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals ($6,020.01).
Bidding for the Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals jerseys closed on Jan. 24 and earned $80,676.58 for the Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation. Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys closed on Jan. 31 and earned $89,463.58.
The schedule for current and upcoming auctions available for bidding through NHL.com and NHLPA.com:
Closing Wednesday, 2/7 Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, Toronto Maple Leafs
Closing Wednesday, 2/14 Atlanta Thrashers, Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens
Wednesday, 2/7 – 2/21 Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks
Wednesday, 2/14 – 2/28 Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, New York Islanders Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes
The 2007 Teammates For Kids Auction features more than 600 authentic jerseys worn by every NHL player, on each of the 30 NHL team rosters, during one select home game in January. As a result of every player’s involvement in the auction, the NHL becomes the first professional sports league to achieve 100% athlete participation in the Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation.
Each jersey has a commemorative specially-created embroidered patch – emblazoned with the NHLPA, NHL and Teammates For Kids “Every Game. Every Kid.” logo – and has been security-tagged, serial numbered and registered into the NHL-MeiGray Group Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program. Each sweater comes with a Letter of Authenticity from the NHL and NHLPA. All services for this auction will be provided by the MeiGray Group and Truition, Inc.
"This league-wide jersey auction highlights the level of commitment that the players, the NHLPA, the NHL and its Member Clubs have towards improving the lives of children," Garth Brooks said. "I’m very grateful that this auction will support our programs."
In addition to the jersey auction, various NHL players have made commitments to contribute to the Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation by donating a pre-determined sum based on selected on-ice performance categories such as goals scored, assists made, shots blocked or team wins. The Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche–two teams with full participation by players and coaches–will face off on NBC on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 3:30 p.m. EST.
In November 2005, the National Hockey League Players’ Association and National Hockey League jointly selected the Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation as the official children’s charity of the NHL and NHLPA. The partnership focuses on the Top Shelf Teammates program, a division of the Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation, which contributes financial resources to non-profit organizations that benefit children’s health, education and inner-city services. Since its inception, NHL players have donated more than $1.5 million.