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Hockey fans can score net gains in memorabilia auction by Canadian government

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OTTAWA - Looking for a copy of Wayne Gretzky's professional hockey draft questionnaire? The Canadian government has one for sale.

A crop of hockey memorabilia is up for bids on the government's surplus website. It's a space where millions of dollars worth of seized goods ? and stuff the government no longer needs ? are auctioned to the public. All the auction items still up for bids were forfeited to the government.

In the last few weeks, autographed pucks and pictures of hockey greats have appeared on the website, including five items still open for bidding among the approximately 100 autographed pieces of NHL memorabilia the government has auctioned off this year.

Gretzky's NHL draft questionnaire ? a copy of which sold on the NHL auctions website this year for $26 ? is in a binder of hockey goods that carries a minimum bid of $1,300. It includes autographed photos of Lanny McDonald, Harry Sinden, Borje Salming, Red Kelly, Grant Fuhr, Jari Kurri and Doug Gilmour. There's also a signed Guy Lafleur picture.

There are two Quebec Nordiques hockey pucks for auction, two Montreal Canadiens pucks and three Toronto Maple Leafs pucks, including one signed by Darryl Sittler.

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