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Autographed commemorative books raise over $9,000 for Hockey Fights Cancer

Friday, 11.16.2007 / 12:30 PM / News

By Compiled By - NHL.com Staff

NEW YORK/TORONTO -- The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League’s (NHL) online auction of autographed copies of Reflections on a Hockey Season: The 2007 NHL Year in Photographs came to a close last week, raising more than $9,000 US for Hockey Fights Cancer.  The auction, which featured books signed by NHL team captains and other prominent hockey figures, was available for bidding through NHL.com and NHLPA.com.

A limited edition copy signed by both former and current Pittsburgh Penguins captains, Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby generated the highest bid of $660 US.  Other notable final bids include books signed by Crosby ($530 US), Atlanta Thrashers center Bobby Holik ($255 US), hockey legend Wayne Gretzky ($240 US) and Lemieux ($225 US).

The NHL and the NHLPA, together with Getty Images and Greystone Books, published Reflections on a Hockey Season: The 2007 NHL Year in Photographs.  The first of an annual visual celebration, the book chronicles the highlights and candid, behind-the-scenes images from the 2006-07 NHL season.

Hockey Fights Cancer, a joint charitable initiative founded by the NHLPA and the NHL to raise money and awareness for hockey's most important fight, is celebrating its 10th anniversary during the 2007-08 NHL season.  Reflections on a Hockey Season will serve as part of this celebration by donating proceeds from its sale to the cause.  The book also is available on shop.NHL.com and at NHL Club and retail stores, including the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in New York City.

Hockey Fights Cancer is supported by NHL Member Clubs, NHL Alumni, the NHL Officials' Association, professional hockey trainers and equipment managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. To date, Hockey Fights Cancer has raised more than $9 million.

About the National Hockey League
The National Hockey League, founded in 1917, is the second-oldest of the four major professional team sports leagues in North America.  Today, the NHL consists of 30 Member Clubs, each reflecting the League’s international makeup, with players from more than 20 countries represented on team rosters. According to a Simmons Market Research study, NHL fans are educated, tech-savvy and the youngest of all of the fans of any other professional sport. The NHL entertains more than 100 million fans each season in-arena and through its partners in national television (VERSUS, NBC, TSN, CBC, RDS, RIS, NASN, NHL Network and HDNet) and radio (Westwood One, Sirius and XM Radio).  Through the NHL Foundation, the League’s charitable arm, the NHL raises money and awareness for Hockey Fights Cancer, Hockey’s All-Star Kids and NHL Diversity, and supports the charitable efforts of all NHL players. For more information on the NHL, log on to NHL.com.

About the National Hockey League Players’ Association
The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), established in 1967, is a labour union whose members are the players in the National Hockey League (NHL). The NHLPA is located in Toronto, Ontario and works on behalf of the players in varied disciplines such as labour law, product licensing, marketing, international hockey and community relations. In 1999, the NHLPA launched the Goals & Dreams fund, a $15-million hockey program which is the largest grassroots hockey program ever created. The players’ program has donated full sets of hockey equipment to more than 8,000 economically challenged children in 17 countries and assisted with upgrades and the building of hundreds of arenas world-wide. For more information on the NHLPA, please visit nhlpa.com.
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