Game worn hockey jerseys from current and former NHL players are going on the auction block to benefit the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Goals & Dreams fund’s 15th anniversary celebrations.
Fifteen jerseys will be offered between now and early 2015. The online auction is being hosted by the NHLPA through Frozen Pond Auctions at: http://auctions.frozenpond.com/auctionlanding.aspx.
To celebrate 15 years of helping children worldwide play the game of hockey, Goals & Dreams is conducting a multi-city tour that started last week in Hastings, MN with children from Defending The Blue Line and Hastings Minor Hockey.
Bidding for the jerseys will run in phases, with three of them coinciding with each city / event on the G&D 15th anniversary tour: one All-Star jersey and one 2014 Olympic men’s hockey jersey – both of current players; and one jersey of a superstar player who formerly played in the respective city.
Proceeds raised during the online auction will be donated back by G&D to the grassroots hockey programs involved with the tour.
“The Goals & Dreams fund has positively impacted thousands of children in 15 years, something that current and former NHL Players are very proud of,” said Mathieu Schneider, NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director and NHLPA Goals & Dreams Advisory Board Member. “This upcoming tour will be a great way for the Players to embrace Goals & Dreams’ principles by continuing to give back to children and grassroots organizations in the hockey community.”
- MINNESOTA JERSEYS / BIDDING OPEN UNTIL DECEMBER 2:
o Ryan Suter – 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Game-Worn Team USA Jersey from February 15th game vs. Russia
o Zach Parise – 2009 NHL All-Star, Game-Worn Eastern Conference Jersey
o Mike Modano – 2009 NHL All-Star, Game-Worn Western Conference Jersey
The start of each other phase of the jersey auction will correspond with upcoming G&D tour events (auction closing dates to be announced):
o Milan Michalek – 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Game-Worn Czech Republic Jersey
o Erik Karlsson – 2011 All-Star, Game-Worn Jersey
o Daniel Alfredsson – 2004 All-Star, Game-Worn Jersey
- VANCOUVER JERSEYS / DECEMBER 18 – JANUARY 4 BIDDING:
o Daniel Sedin – 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Game-Worn Sweden Jersey
o Henrik Sedin – 2012 All-Star, Game-Worn Jersey
o Markus Naslund – 2001 All Star, Game-Worn Jersey
- TORONTO JERSEYS / JANUARY 2015:
o James van Riemsdyk – 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Game-Worn Team USA Jersey
o Phil Kessel – 2012 All-Star, Game-Worn Jersey
o Mats Sundin – 2001 All-Star, Game-Worn Jersey
o Jonathan Quick – 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Game-Worn Team USA Jersey
o Anze Kopitar – 2011 All-Star, Game-Worn Jersey
o Luc Robitaille – 2001 All-Star, Game-Worn Jersey
Throughout the season, G&D says it will continue its regular giving cycle by donating a projected $750,000 worth of new hockey equipment to grassroots programs around the world, totaling more than $22-million in donations that have helped 70,000 children play hockey over the last 15 years.