NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 23, 2007) - The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) online game-worn All-Star jersey auction came to a close last week and earned $140,397 to benefit Hockey Fights Cancer. The auction, which featured jerseys worn by NHL elite during the first period of the 55th NHL All-Star Game on January 24, 2007, was available for bidding through NHL.com and NHLPA.com.
The first NHL All-Star jersey ever worn by Pittsburgh Penguins center and All-Star rookie Sidney Crosby generated a record total of $47,520. The figure more than doubled the winning bid from the 2005 NHL & NHLPA auction, in which Crosby's game-worn jersey brought in $21,010 to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims. Other notable final bids include jerseys from NY Rangers Left Wing Brendan Shanahan ($5,681.61) and New Jersey Devils Goalie Martin Brodeur ($5,020).
The following is a list of the Top 10 bids:
|Sidney Crosby ||$47,520.00 ||Pittsburgh Penguins |
|Brendan Shanahan ||$5,681.61 ||New York Rangers |
|Martin Brodeur ||$5,020.00 ||New Jersey Devils |
|Ryan Miller ||$4,880.00 ||Buffalo Sabres |
|Rick Nash ||$4,860.00 ||Columbus Blue Jackets |
|Joe Sakic ||$4,679.00 ||Colorado Avalanche |
|Eric Staal ||$4,520.00 ||Carolina Hurricanes |
|Daniel Briere ||$4,464.44 ||Buffalo Sabres |
|Roberto Luongo ||$3,640.00 ||Vancouver Canucks |
|Vincent Lecavalier ||$3,179.00 ||Tampa Bay Lightning |
"The Hockey Fights Cancer initiative is a top priority to the NHL hockey family, and we will continue the fight with the help of our players, member clubs and fans," said Bernadette Mansur, Executive Director of the NHL Foundation. "Our thanks go out to everyone who bid to support this worthwhile cause."
"This All-Star jersey auction is another successful example of how Hockey Fights Cancer, "said Devin Smith, NHLPA Director, Club Marketing & Community Relations. "Thank you to our fans, who continuously show their commitment to the sport and the community, making successful initiatives like this possible."
Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League Players' Association and the National Hockey League to raise money and awareness for hockey's most important fight. 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.