The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association are conducting a unique auction of game-worn sweaters with proceeds benefiting the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation.
In November 2005, the NHL and NHLPA jointly selected the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation as their official children’s charity. This league-wide alliance includes players from all 30 NHL Member Clubs and utilizes the League and Players’ Association’s full platform of marketing resources. The partnership focuses on the Top Shelf Teammates program, a division of the Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation, which contributes financial resources to non-profit organizations that benefit children's health, education and inner-city services. Since its inception, more than $1.5 million has been donated by NHL players.
As a result of the NHL players involvement in the auction, the NHL has become the first professional sports league to achieve 100 percent athlete participation in the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation.
The 2007 Teammates for Kids Auction features sweaters worn by all players on each of the 30 NHL team rosters during one select home game in January. The Sharks participated in the program on Jan. 6 at HP Pavilion, a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets which included Ryane Clowe
’s first NHL hat trick. The San Jose sweater auction runs on the NHL.com website from Feb. 7 – Feb. 21.
Each sweater is authenticated with a one-of-a-kind embroidered patch - emblazoned with the NHL, NHLPA and Teammates for Kids “Every Game. Every Kid” logo – and has been security-tagged, serial numbered and registered into the NHL-MeiGray Group Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program. Each sweater comes with a Letter of Authenticity from the NHL and NHLPA.
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