Throughout the season, Kroenke Sports Charities hosts online auctions featuring game-worn, autographed and other specialty Colorado Avalanche merchandise. On Monday, KSC launched a 51-item auction that includes pieces of Avalanche history that cannot be found anywhere else. Pre-game practice jerseys, game-worn sweaters, pads and signage from the 2020 NHL Stadium Series outdoor game on Feb. 15 at the U.S. Air Force Academy are all now open for bidding, with proceeds going toward some very special causes.
Bidding is open until Thursday, March 12 at 8 p.m. MT. To participate, click here or text "Avs" to 52182.
Traditionally, 100 percent of proceeds from Avalanche online auctions benefits Kroenke Sports Charities, the official non-profit of the Colorado Avalanche. Kroenke Sports Charities works to fill the needs of the Colorado community through support of education and recreation initiatives for underserved children and families. While this auction benefits Kroenke Sports Charities, a portion of the proceeds will also be donated toward continuing the Legacy Project that began at the Stadium Series in February.
On Feb. 12, the NHL, Avalanche, USA Hockey and Athletic Sports Systems unveiled a first-ever, on-ice player bench designed by Athletica to accommodate sled hockey players of all levels. The equipment system includes customized boards that allow sled hockey players easy access to game action while protecting them between shifts. The boards are portable, allowing the rink to transition seamlessly between a traditional setup and an accessible one.
A portion of the proceeds from the Stadium Series jersey auction will provide a Colorado rink with sled hockey benches, sleds and sticks via a grant from Kroenke Sports Charities. Coming soon, a grant application on ColoradoAvalanche.com will invite local rinks to apply for all of the necessary gear and equipment to make the sport of hockey accessible to more people in our hometown communities.
Not only do the proceeds of this auction directly benefit the local Colorado and southwest population, but the auction items themselves are exclusive to this event.
The second period-worn jerseys feature an angular A on the front, inspired by the Air Force Academy's renowned Cadet Chapel. The blue, white and burgundy color blocks represent Colorado's blue skies, snowy mountains and famous red rocks. While the crest is large, the design includes small details as well. A small graphic inspired by the Colorado state flag appears on the back neckline, a tribute to the great state pride held by many Avalanche fans.
In addition to the game-worn jerseys, the practice sweaters featured in the auction are truly one-of-a-kind. Replicas of the practice jerseys are not available for purchase online and the sleek uniforms feature the "A" design seen on the game jerseys without any of the color blocking. The sweaters vary in color depending on the player and position and are available in burgundy, black, navy and white. Both the practice jerseys and game-worn editions have a commemorative patch sewn on the bottom to verify the authenticity of the item.
Signed Pavel Francouz goalie equipment, special floor mats and additional signage round out the auction's offerings.