He doesn’t own it anymore.
Considering what happened with the Canadian ‘Miracle on Ice’ jersey a few months back, Yvan Cournoyer may be regretting that. The Montreal Canadiens great scored the tying goal for Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series upset of the USSR. It’s still considered the greatest moment in Canada’s hockey history. Now, the jersey he wore that day is on the auction block.
Cournoyer actually consigned his jersey to Classic Auctions a couple of years ago. Paul Henderson, who scored the game winner, sold his jersey through the same company in June to a winning bidder who paid over $1.3 million. Now, the collector who bought the ’72 Cournoyer, is hoping to cash in on the publicity.
A famous photo, snapped immediately after Henderson’s goal gave Canada the improbable victory, shows Cournoyer embracing Henderson in celebration of the famous goal. Although everyone remembers the Henderson goal, many forget that it was Cournoyer who netted the tying marker at 12:56 of the 3rd period in game 8 to set up the dramatic finish.
Cournoyer’s game-worn and conclusively photo-matched Team Canada uniform was worn for all four games played on Soviet soil.
Current bid, with four weeks still left in the auction, is over $16,000. There is a ‘silent reserve’ on the jersey, according to Classic.
Cournoyer talked about the jersey–and the game–with the Montreal Gazette.
A 19.5% buyer’s premium will be added to whatever the winning bid may be. The auction closes Tuesday, November 16.