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Time running out on Winter Classic auction

Friday, 01.16.2009 / 1:09 PM / Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic 2009

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

If you want a piece of hockey history, you better be able to pony up the cash and you better hurry.

The bidding for items from the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is ongoing right now and as of noon Friday it was going to cost you more than $3,000 for the shirt off of Nicklas Lidstrom's, Patrick Kane's or Jonathan Toews' back.

Every game-worn jersey and game-issued jersey (48 in all), practice pucks and game-used pucks, including the ones from all 10 of the goals scored in the Detroit Red Wings' 6-4 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on New Year's Day at Wrigley Field, are up for auction. The bidding ends Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.

The jerseys being auctioned were all worn in the second period and have all been authenticated by the MeiGray Group's Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program. Every jersey has a numbered security tag sewn on to it. There is not one that is the same.

Without much fanfare, the auction has already yielded incredible results.

For instance, even game-issued jerseys to Red Wings' Jimmy Howard and Darren Helm, who did not play in the game, are going to cost you at least $490. Hawks forward Adam Burish didn't play either, but his jersey was going for $1,000. Defenseman Brent Sopel was a healthy scratch, but nobody seems to care. The latest bid for his jersey was $570.

Some practice pucks are going for upwards of $100, but the game pucks will cost you much more. For instance, the puck that Buffalo Grove, Ill. native Brett Lebda used to score his goal was going to cost $1,411.

Remember Pavel Datsyuk's amazing goal in which he split Brian Campbell and Cam Barker on his way to beating Cristobal Huet? Well, the puck he used will cost you $805. The puck Kris Versteeg used to score the first goal of the game was going for $530.

And, not to be outdone, the puck that was used for the opening faceoff will cost you more than $1,000.

To bid on all items, click here.

Hurry up.

Contact Dan Rosen at drosen@nhl.com