Top 10: Ice hockey memorabilia
“Ice hockey is a form of disorderly conduct in which the score is kept,” said journalist Doug Larson.
Despite the game’s sometimes-brutal image, our Top 10 list is primarily associated with hockey’s most skilful players and dramatic victories.
10. Wayne Gretzky signed 1985-86 Edmonton oilers jersey - $30,000
Regarded as the game’s finest ever player, Gretzky won four Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s.
The Canadian holds the record for most assists and points in a single season and remains the league’s all-time leading points scorer.
His Oilers jersey from the 1985-86 season sold for $30,000 at Grey Flannel Auctions in 2006.
9. Ebbie Goodfellow 1939 All Star jersey - $30,000
Ebbie Goodfellow’s 1939 All Star Game jersey sold for $30,000 at Heritage Auctions in October 2008.
Although the All Star game is now a yearly event, just three took place in the 1930s. The 1939 event was held to commemorate Babe Siebert, the former Montreal Canadiens player and would-be manager, who died earlier that year.
The game was contested between a select group of the game’s best players – the “All Stars”, and the Montreal Canadiens.
Goodfellow won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red wings three times between 1936 and 1940.
8. Phil Esposito 1963-64 Chicago Blackhawks rookie jersey - $35,850
Phil Esposito wore this jersey during his first year with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1963-64. It sold for $35,850 at Heritage Auctions in 2010.
The future Hall of Famer had a modest first season by his standards, scoring just three goals and five points in 27 games.
The Canadian centre would go on to play for the Boston Bruins, twice winning the Stanley Cup with them in the 1970s.
7. Russ Blinco 1934-35 Montreal Maroons jersey - $35,850
Between 1924 and 1938 the Montreal Canadiens had competition in their own town from the Montreal Maroons, a team that garnered most of its support from the English speaking part of the city.
The Maroons won two Stanley Cups in their short history and in this jersey Russ Blinco helped them to their second win in the 1934-35 season.
It sold for $35,850 at Heritage Auctions in 2008.
6. Eddie Shore 1939 All Star jersey - $57,500
Enforcer Eddie Shore’s All Star jersey from the 1939 Babe Siebert commemorative game sold for $57,500 at Heritage Auctions in 2008.
Prior to the commencement of the annual All Star game during the 1947-48 NHL season, All Star games had been limited to occasional benefit matches.
Tough man Eddie Shore was actually responsible for the first game, a 1933 contest to benefit former player Ace Bailey. A hit by Shore on the Toronto Maple Leafs’ star had left Bailey unable to play again.
Shore participated in the 1933 game, and received his All Star jersey from Bailey in an act that demonstrated Bailey forgiveness.
5. Wayne Gretzky 1979 O-Pee-Chee rookie trading card - $80,000
A Wayne Gretzky 1979 O-Pee-Chee PSA 10 trading card made $80,000 in 2006, making it the most valuable hockey card ever sold.
The rookie card shows Gretzky in his Edmonton Oilers uniform.
4. Bobby Orr 1974-75 signed Boston Bruins jersey - $115,000
Regarded as the game’s greatest offensive defenceman, Canadian Bobby Orr helped the Boston Bruins to two Stanley Cups during the 1970s, scoring the winning goals on both occasions.
His 139 points accumulated in the 1970-71 season remain an NHL record for a defenceman.
Orr’s signed 1974-75 Bruins jersey, the only jersey he wore at home during the regular season that year, achieved $115,000 at Heritage Auctions in 2008.
3. Bobby Orr 1966-67 Boston Bruins rookie jersey - $191,000
One of only three jerseys worn by Orr during his first season with the Boston Bruins, this rookie jersey sold for $168,000 at Heritage Auctions in 2010.
2. Mark Wells Miracle on Ice 1980 Olympic gold medal - $310,700
The gold medal won by Mark Wells, a member of the 1980 Miracle on Ice US men's hockey team, was sold by Heritage Auctions in November 2010 for $310,700.
Originally estimated to sell for $100,000, it was the first time any of the 1980 hockey gold medals had been offered at a public auction.
The “Miracle on Ice” is so named as it saw the US team, consisting mainly of college and amateur players, defeat the might of the Soviet Union, considered the game’s dominant force at the time.
1. Paul Henderson 1972 Summit Series Canada jersey - $1.27m
Paul Henderson’s Canada jersey from the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union sold for $1.27m at Classic Auctions in 2010.
He wore the jersey in the last four games of the series.
Henderson’s series winner, scored with 34 seconds remaining, is considered one of ice hockey's most memorable moments.
Henderson scored the winning goals in the last three matches of the series, helping the Canadians to a 4-3 victory.
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