Sharks auctioning one of Gabriel's Pride skates for LGBTQ youth center
Team auctioning off 11 signed items with proceeds benefiting San Jose-based organizationby Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer
Kurtis Gabriel's famous Pride skates can now be yours.
Update: The auction closed with a winning bid of $1600.
The San Jose Sharks are hosting the sale of one the skates the forward unveiled in January as part of their Hockey Is For Everyone auction.
Gabriel has been an LGBTQ+ ally and used Pride skates and stick tape, and wore a rainbow-colored face mask while walking to practice in January. He also shared a positive statement of love while unveiling the skates.
Gabriel announced news that his skate would be part of the auction on Twitter on Wednesday. His skate is one of 11 signed items from Sharks players that fans or collectors can bid on through 9 a.m. PT on Thursday.
"I'm really excited that my idea to decorate my skates for social issues is going to come to fruition, and it's going to be auctioned off for a great cause," Gabriel said. "It's a one-of-a-kind skate, game-worn. It's going to have all the wear and tear on it. Hopefully it's not too smelly for you. We probably have to freshen it up a bit."
As of early Thursday, the skate was the highest priced item at more than $1,200 with more than 70 bids.
Proceeds of all auction items will benefit the San Jose-based LGBTQ Youth Space, which offers programs and a safe space for members of the LGTBQ+ community and allies between the ages of 12 and 25.