It’s the kind of memorabilia with an “I knew him when” sort of potential. A rare chance to own a piece of memorabilia from a gold medal-winning hockey team.
It’s also a shot in the arm for USA Hockey.
Jerseys worn by members of the U.S. World Junior team at the recent International Ice Hockey Federation Tournament are up for sale through MeiGray Auctions. The 28 blue jerseys are being offered through the company’s partnership with USA Hockey.
We may be hearing some of their names again in a future NHL Draft, but being the toast of amateur hockey is a pretty good thing by itself.
The U.S. team won its fifth all-time Gold Medal after a 2-0 victory over Canada in the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship at Rogers Place in Edmonton on January 5. The jerseys were worn in five of the seven games leading up to that championship shutout.
Tournament MVP Trevor Zegras led all players with 18 points. Goaltender Spencer Knight finished the tournament with a 5-1 record, three shutouts, a 1.63 GAA and .940 save percentage. Knight set a new single tournament record with three shutouts, which also set a new career record for USA Hockey. Both players’ jerseys are among the 28 being offered in an auction that runs through February 25.
Bidding for each jersey starts at $250. Proceeds benefit the USA Hockey Foundation, which provides long-range financial support for USA Hockey and promotes the growth of hockey in the United States.
Each jersey was bar-coded before the tournament. The sets of jerseys were collected after each game by Team USA’s equipment staff. Each jersey has been security-tagged with an individually serial-numbered USA Hockey-MeiGray Authentication Program inventory tag.
Notable players to have skated for the U.S. National Junior Team in the past include Hockey Hall of Fame members Chris Chelios, Phil Housley, Mark Howe, Brian Leetch and Mike Modano, as well as eight first overall NHL Draft picks, including recent first-overall selections Jack Hughes (2019 NHL Draft) and Auston Matthews (2016 NHL Draft).