Update: Henderson jersey sells for $1,067,538

Paul Henderson, star of Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series, photographed with his history-making jersey this month.
Mike Cassesse, Reuters

Update: Read below for a news release issued by Goldhar’s company
this morning, outlining his plans for the sweater.

And you thought the Canadiens jersey was called the sacred flannel.

It would take the nouveau riche Tomas Plekanec almost 17 games, before taxes, to buy it. Which he didn’t. But Paul Henderson’s 1972 Summit Series jersey broke every conceivable record for hockey memorabilia last night by selling at auction for $1,067,538 U.S. after frenzied late bidding pushed it up by more than a half-million dollars in the final hours.

The jersey’s new owner is Mitchell Goldhar, owner of SmartCentres, a private real-estate development company based in Vaughan, Ont., north of Toronto. Read more on the sale here.

Goldhar must also pay Montreal-headquartered Classic Auctions a buyer’s premium of $208,169.91 – 19.5 per cent of the sale price – plus shipping. Shouldn’t be a problem: Goldhar, who brought Wal-Mart into Canada, ranked 50th on Canadian Business’ richest Canadians list in 2008 with a net worth of $1.06 billion.

Classic drew 42 bids in all in the month-long auction, and
typical of their sales, the most frantic action took place in
overtime, the winning bid made almost an hour after the scheduled 9 pm
ET close.

A 10-minute rule kept bidding going should someone new
have jumped into the game with less than 10 minutes to go, the auction
until 10 minutes then passed without a new bid. It’s unclear how
involved Goldhar was in the bidding before he won the auction, or what his plans might be for the acquisition.

President Marc Juteau, in a 4 am email to me: “…amazing, we’re all
stunned in the office, the million-dollar jersey.” 


Goldhar’s news release:

Toronto (June
23, 2010) – Mitchell Goldhar, owner of SmartCentres, today announced
that he
has purchased Paul Henderson’s 1972 Team Canada sweater from its
American owner
in a highly competitive auction held last evening.

“I am
pleased and proud to bring this important piece of Canadian history
Goldhar said. “As a lifelong hockey fan I know what Paul Henderson’s
goal against the Russians in 1972 means to all Canadians.”

wants the sweater to reach all corners of Canada through a national
tour. He
plans to make arrangements for the sweater to be displayed at community
locations such as museums, including the Hockey Hall of Fame, to ensure
as many
Canadians as possible can share in this wonderful memory.

A Canadian
company, SmartCentres has more than 200 shopping centres in communities
big and
small, and operates in every province. SmartCentres is a major
contributor to
SickKids, Bloorview Kids Rehab, CAMH and the Canadian Museum for Human
and many other worthy causes across Canada.


  1. K-hab25 says:

    He had a 2.71 GAA and a .916 sv% in those games, so it wasn’t as if he was playing bad. He never really got the goal support.

  2. HardHabits says:

    I’ve heard that skipping record since ’93 and even heard that sorry song for better parts of the 80’s. I only considered tanking for the 1st time in my life last season, after the great meltdown BTW, and I’ve been a Habs fan since witnessing them win the Cup for my 1st time in ’73.

    Option two means a perpetual rebuild. In the past 12 years or maybe more the only team that wasn’t a top 4 league-wide to win the Cup was the Pens 2 years ago at 9th over-all. Forget about the Oilers, they lost in the finals.

    The bottom line is the goal should be a top 5 finish. The one time the Habs achieved that they got steamrolled by the Flyers and had to go 7 games agains the B’s. Did they even come close thet next season? Not even close. In fact the 100th year was the worst in recent memory for so many reasons. I never in my life ever felt sorrow at the end of a hockey season but I actually choked back tears after the Habs got swept by the Bruins.

    Enough is enough. This years team looks like last years. Mediocre and a team that ‘ll be lucky to make the playoffs, but not bad enough to actually get a sure thing draft pick.

  3. Storm Man says:

    Damn 66 would have been a great round. Best I have done this year is a 77 at the Glencoe club on the Forest course here in Calgary.

  4. Chris says:

    If you run at a guy in soccer, you’re dead…all of these guys are so good with their ball control that if they catch you with your momentum going one way, they go the other.

    You have to try and keep the lane between the shooter and the net plugged and lunge for the ball only when they wind up for the shot or push it out too far in front of them while dribbling.

  5. ed lopaz says:

    a TV interview during the All Star game.

    I was watching with my son.

    My son and I looked at each other and kind of freaked out at the same time.



  6. mike g says:

    My friend, there is a way to rebuild without tanking….

    The Habs have done that, and are still currently doing it. It might mean 6-7 years of rebuilding slowly, but it’s being done while staying competitive.

    If you’d ask all fans what they prefer between the following 2 options, 90% would take option 2:

    1) trade all assets, stock up a bunch of picks, build through the draft, and hope the players you drafted turn out to be franchise players. Problem: 5 years of misery, no guarantee the prospects turn out to be stars.

    2)rebuild by drafting smart at your position, signing good UFA’s, stay competitive and try make playoffs every year. Problem: it takes 6-7 years to rebuild, but you have a chance of playoffs every year.

    They chose option 2, and have made the playoffs in 5 out of 6 of their “rebuilding” years. They’ve got some nice prospects who can hopefully be good NHL’ers, just like those you’d draft in the top 5. The fanbase gets a taste of the playoffs every year, theres money coming in, etc…. It’s the safer way because your building with players currently playing in the NHL and often proven players..

    Everyone’s happy. And if all goes well, the team will be contenders in 2 years.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  7. sholi2000.com says:

    Great joke, I love it.

    They Call Me Shane

  8. HardHabits says:

    I hope you’re right, speaking as a Habs fan, because watching Pittsburgh’s and Chicago’s recent successes has been frustrating only made worse by the cap situation as witnessed by the Halak trade.

    It’s a new era in the NHL and the teams that stock the best young players, along with good late picks, good development, good trades, good UFA signings, good coaching, and all the requisite parts become the best teams. It still stands as proof positive that a team that has an elite a few elite players to build around has the best chance of going all the way.

    The Habs always have it ass backwards. They try and build around their UFA signings and veterans instead of building around their youth.

  9. andrewberkshire says:

    No problem!

  10. Just A Guy says:

    Yes, because litter and smog has everything to do with how the earth moves.

  11. Aybara says:

    Same, thought it was a dream for a minute.

  12. HardHabits says:

    It’s either sit back and don’t expect anything for 2 years but in years 3-4 we contend or the other option (yours and everybody else’s) is we signed you guys for 5 years and we’re doing everything in our power to be competitive this season (meaning making the playoffs) but in fact we’re going
    nowhere. Just be happy with squeeking into the playoffs and letting your goalie save your sorry azzes.

  13. ed lopaz says:

    thanks for the explanation.

    that’s like in hockey, when you’re killing a penalty, the 4 man box plays “containment” defence, and try not to over commit .

    make sense.

  14. PrimeTime says:

    No it’s not. IMO it’s better to remain competitive, hope for good draws in the later rounds, and catch lightning in a bottle at the right time a la Philly.


    “People build teams in certain ways. I’ve always traded for futures – not pasts.” – Sam Pollock The reason we are Hab fans http://www.habsworld.net/article.php?id=1476

  15. andrewberkshire says:

    The vuvuzelas are driving me nuts!

    As for the defenseman, as far as I know from play defense as a kid in soccer, it’s because you don’t want to overcommit to the strikers in case they pass back to the midfielders. Defense in soccer is all about anticipation and positioning. If you can keep a guy to the outside and limit his passing options, it’s just as good as tackling him and getting the ball but with less risk.

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