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NHL & NHLPA Game-Worn Jersey Online Auction Enters Final 24 Hours; Bidding Total Tops $335,000

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Alex Ovechkin Jersey Tops Washington Capitals

New York/Toronto – November 29, 2005 – As it heads into its final 24 hours, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL) online jersey auction to support those affected by Hurricane Katrina has raised more $335,000. The auction is located on NHL.com, NHLPA.com and WashingtonCaps.com. Bidding concludes Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 9 p.m. ET.


On Nov. 16 country music superstar Garth Brooks announced that The Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation will match up to $1 million of all monies raised in the NHL / NHLPA online auction which will benefit World Vision’s Hurricane Katrina Relief efforts.

Rookie Alex Ovechkin’s jersey currently tops bidding among Capitals players at $5,010, while goaltender Olie Kolzig’s jersey is second highest at $1,060.

All auction jerseys were worn during the first period of each team’s home opener and are authenticated by a special one-of-a-kind patch that confirms the NHL’s and players’ commitment to the people and communities impacted. In total, there are 600 NHL game-worn jerseys available in the auction, making it the largest game-worn jersey auction ever conducted by the NHL and NHLPA.

After Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, the NHL and NHLPA joined forces to donate $1 million to the American Red Cross. This jersey auction is a continuation of the league and the players’ association's efforts to assist those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

For more information on the auction please log on to NHL.com, NHLPA.com or WashingtonCaps.com or contact:

Elizabeth Wodatch
Washington Capitals – Community Relations Manager
202-266-2358; ewodatch@washcaps.com

Cindy Mercer
NHL – Manager, Community Relations
212-789-2083; cmercer@nhl.com

Devin Smith
NHLPA - Program Manager, NHLPA Goals & Dreams Fund
416-313-2381; devinsmith@nhlpa.com
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