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. TripleX says:

    He is probably upset he has once again been snubbed by the HHOF while Cammi Granato gets in first ballot.  The man who scored arguably the most famous goal in all of hockey history is not in and someone who excelled in a two team sport does.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  2. The Capitalist Pig says:

    No, we can’t!

  3. crabvader says:

    Can we stop living in what if’s for once?

  4. The Capitalist Pig says:

    The horror! The horror! Outsmarted by Glen Sather. Who would have thought it possible? Picked up a pig of a contract and gave the Rags a potential top-two d-pair down the road. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful!

  5. SmartDog says:

    …there was a truly notable statistic that came out of Valentenko’s
    2009-10 season. When he was in the lineup, Dynamo was a perfect 7-0. When the Canadiens were willing to include Valentenko in the big trade
    last summer, the Rangers jumped at the chance to add such a prospect,
    particularly since they knew through Lutchenko that he was intent on
    coming back to North America as soon as it was feasible.”

    Nice.  Big shut-down defenseman we could really use.  That Gomez deal
    is the gift that just keeps on giving.  To the Rangers.

    Pleks is back – the goat came through on this one.

  6. HabFanSince72 says:

    Pessimist: no. We are the same team minus Halak plus Heller.

    Optimist: if we stay away from injuries even the same team is a lot better than the team we had last year.

  7. G-Man says:

    Sarcasm, Tony.

  8. JD_ says:

    To be fair, the guy in the picture – Paul Henderson – is bravely battling cancer.

    On a more positive note, PH moved up a few notches in my book when he publicly called out Slobberin’ Bobby Clobber as a lowlife during the 30th anniversary celebrations of the much-ballyhooed Summit Series.

    I mean we knew it all along; it was just fitting that a treasured Canadian hockey icon confirmed it.

    In the meantime, Philly still doesn’t have anything meaningful between the pipes and Bernie Parent has two Conn Smythes adorning his mantle, along with a hodgepodge of other decorative items. As for Clobber? A beer pitcher filled with Polident® adorning his nightstand.

    Alongside a framed, personal Thank You note from Marcel Aubut.

    A middling talent at the time, Henderson showed up for that series in spades.

  9. SmartDog says:

    Can someone explain to me why I keep hearing references to Dominic Moore’s demands being out of whack.  What’s that about?



  10. crabvader says:

    Uh, ok…

  11. Storm Man says:

    ESPN first round match USA vs England had 12,956,000 watching the match and based on the facts this was done with only 19 of the 56 metered markets. I hear double watched todays USA game.

  12. likehoy says:

    2 months too early to be discussing this…we haven’t even entered free agency yet!

  13. mike g says:

    Who will win the Northeat division this year?

    -Do you think everything will go right for the Sabres again? Will Myers get the sophmore slump? Will Vanek, Roy, and Connoly be healthy all year?

    -Will the Sens compete for the division if they trade Spezza? Will Kovy produce more than 40 pts?

    -Will the Bruins return to their 2008-2009 form, and run away with it? Can Horton, Ryder, and Wheeler become consistent goalscorers? Will Savard return from Wonderland? Sophmore slump for Raask, anyone?

    -Will Carey Price become the #1 alot of experts think he could be? Will the Habs be able to avoid serious injuries to their key players, unlike last year? Do young kids like AK, SK, and Pouliot become steady NHL’ers, or will they float in the ocean?

    -Will Toronto win more than 26 games?


    Who do you think will win it this year.

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

  14. SLONCOLD says:

    Not having markov in the lineup will be a TEAM factor and i hope price isn’t torn apart for not carrying the slack. As a goalie, i can tell you having a healthy/solid defense does wonders for your stats. The other thing to remember is the habs won’t be blocking 40 shots a game for the first 60 games of the season; other wise they would be all beat up for the post season.

  15. SeriousFan09 says:

    No GM would be that thrilled about taking Savard right now following the Cookie hit, everyone’s worried if that’s going to permanently affect his game. Thomas, Chiarelli proved he isn’t god there, signed a 35-year old riding on an incredible performance by the Bruins defence to a 20 million dollar deal over 4 years.

    Signing goalies at 35 and over to big-money contracts is pretty damn stupid, ten times over when your goalie in question is a journeyman.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  16. habfan53 says:

    Big deal on the sweater.  The Hockey Hall of SHAME (no Pat Burns) already has a 1972 Henderson jersey the red one .  It has been on display for years no big deal . I would like to say Mr. Goldhar has more money than brains but obviously to make that kind of money he has a lot of brains as well. I am also glad that he is a strong supporter of “Chidren’s ” charities

  17. Habhopeful says:

    For a guy that wore that jersey decades ago that sold for a Million bucks, he sure doesnt look happy…;)


    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  18. SeriousFan09 says:

    Well when you’re holding something you gave away for free and it ended up selling for a million dollars…


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  19. likehoy says:

    was glen sather smiling when he signed gomez to that monstrosity of a deal? how about gomez?

  20. Chuck says:

    That’s Paul Henderson.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  21. likehoy says:

    i’m not sure about that…those americans are making some noise

  22. HardHabits says:

    The World Cup is OK, once they’re down to the final four. It’s England’s ouster I am referring to.

  23. HardHabits says:

    I guess you missed the Greatful Dead video a few days ago.

  24. adam76 says:

    no one cares about organized jogging (in north america anyway).  

  25. Storm Man says:

    You have a few typographical errors in your post could be something wrong with your computer. So I see by your pic your a huge fan of Price.

  26. adam76 says:

    All depends on our starter.  Price was 4 – 11 in 2010.  If he can turn it around, we can make the playoffs.

  27. HardHabits says:

    Savard isn’t a defensive centre and Thomas isn’t Carey Price so even BG wouldn’t take those.

  28. cautiousoptimist says:

    Okay then, for a guy who just sold a shirt for a million bucks, he doesn’t look very happy about it.

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  29. HardHabits says:

    Maybe because that’s the photo of the guy giving the shirt up.

  30. G-Man says:

    Yeah, like the Gen-Xers have improved things. Pffffffttttt!

  31. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Go USA!

  32. G-Man says:

    No one will take either of those contracts. (Gainey is no longer a GM)

  33. cautiousoptimist says:

    For a guy who just spent a million bucks on a shirt, he doesn’t look very happy about it.

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  34. alestar says:

    Barring some crazy moves I think 5th is a realistic possibility.


    XXIV…and counting

  35. G-Man says:

    11th with gusts up to 8th then back to 12th. Price as #1 will demonstrate his true worth this season. BTW, Markov’s injury carries over to November or December.

  36. HabFanSince72 says:

    It takes longer to recover the older you are. Savard at 32 is already getting on for a smallish player. His numbers were in decline even before the concussion.

    I think if the Bruins get rid of Thomas and Savard and their long contracts they will be a force.

    (As much as a force as a Bruin team can be.)

  37. HabFanSince72 says:

    Almost the whole world.

  38. SLONCOLD says:

    So here’s the big question, are we a better team than last year?And what should we expect from a healthy habs roster?

    i say if we’re healthy we have a chance to finsih 5th.


  39. Storm Man says:

    God needs to save the Queen now.

  40. likehoy says:

    group D is still up for grabs, it’s possible that they’ll avoid Germany if the result ends in a tie or a loss for the Germans.

    I would fear playing Uruguay. They were in a weak group, but they didn’t show any weaknesses at all.


  41. avatar_58 says:

    Crosby pretty much HAD to score that. If he didn’t Canada would have been the laughing stock given how much smoke we blew into everyone’s faces. I mean I loves me some Canada, but we trash talked so much we put pressure on OURSELVES not to screw up, nevermind win gloriously.

    Imagine if he hadn’t scored and the US took it? You’d have never heard the end of it.

  42. mike g says:

    Savard got knocked into the year 2056 when he got smashed by Cooke…

    It’s only normal the guy’s gonna come back and struggle. It took Bergeron 1 full year to be back at 100%, so expect the same with Marc.

    Next year, Savard won’t get anything under 70 points. He’s the key to the Bruins offense.

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

  43. HardHabits says:

    HabsInsideOut. You can sign out but you can never leave. Unless your name is Timo, habs_guru, headbanger, habsrcrap….

  44. subdoxastic says:


    best comment i’ve read today.

  45. HardHabits says:

    Who cares?

  46. JD_ says:

    Any hockey paintings?

  47. likehoy says:

    brasilians already have 5 cups….they ought to share with the rest of the world.

  48. HabFanSince72 says:

    England squeak into the next round, however the USA’s late goal, and England’s inability to score means they finish 2nd in the group. So instead of meeting say Serbia and Uruguay in the next two rounds they could now face Germany and Argentina.

    Their chances of getting to the final went from poor to almost nil.



  49. HabFanSince72 says:

    Savard just came off a so-so year, a poor playoff, and a concussion. At 32 and with 7 more years at a cap hit of $4M the Bruins might well want to get rid of him.



  50. mike g says:


    2 out of the 3 teams I wanted elimintaed from the World Cup are out…….love it!

    France, out. Algeria, out. Brazil, …….ah fcukin’ guys are just awsome, lol….

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

  51. SeriousFan09 says:

    7th overall pick actually, LA Kings had the 5th pick which is when Burkie tried to incinerate the Kings GM Lombardi with his Hate-Vision for taking Braydon Schenn. I really want a nice long pause on Burke as the Bruins announce their draft selection.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  52. mike g says:

    I just love how he went from being a host on Sportsnet, to the “most trusted hockey rumor guy the world of hockey has ever known”….

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

  53. likehoy says:

    well logically…burke signed a lot of college prospects and figured his team would be on the bubble for the next 2 years (8-12th) so he figured kessel would bring more value than two 10-14th overall picks…he also had the 5th overall pick which he used to draft kadri. he wasn’t wrong with his decision, but he wasn’t right…it was a lot of risk in trading those draft picks.

  54. homerbowen says:

    Dreger is a joke. He is also a big “Laff Butt Kisser”. Ignore anything he has to say.

  55. mike g says:

    You also can’t logically trade two 1st round picks, and a 2nd round pick when you are in the prime years of your rebuilding phase….

    And to add to the insult, Kessel was busted up and required shoulder surgery AFTER he signed his 6.5 mill per year deal…

    It’s like saying you’re gonna tear down your house to build a new one, but your not gonna put a roof on your new house for 3 years. And when you put that roof, you’ll put a used one.

    It doesn’t make sense. But try telling that to Burke, he’ll just throw out his fancy lawyer words at you infront of the media. They’ll laugh and think he’s the smartest guy in the world, U’ll look like dumbo, and then he’ll go eat a hot-dog at “Burke’s Dog House”.

    Just pathetic. When your GM has a hot-dog stand named after him, you gotta ask youself some questions…

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

  56. likehoy says:

    you have to think that brian burke didn’t expect to finish the 2nd worst in the league when he made that deal for kessel…but he did and that makes him look like a goof

  57. Bugs says:

    As it well shoulda “broke every conceivable record for hockey memorabilia” since he scored the greatest goal in Canadian history. 

    With all due respect to Creusebie and everything but the Drama…oh, the Drama. Fuhgeddabowdit. Not even close. Wasn’t even born to see it but still, the Drama…(shiver).


    You rule, Paulie.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  58. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    It’s a $4M cap hit for the next 7 years. A
    well-structured contract that would make him perfect for a trade or
    buyout after 5 years if his play drops off. That’s probably the best contract in the league. If they move him for Kaberle, that would totally even out the Kessel trade.

    Actually, I take that back. Nothing will ever even out the Kessel trade. Still, Kabs for Savard is ridiculous.

  59. Jbird says:

    Well there is some Group of Seven paintings going up for sale soon so better luck with that. 

  60. 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.

  61. SeriousFan09 says:

    Sharks trading one aging Russian for another? Oh well. Don’t see how he’s going to do Blake’s job and they already have Boyle for the PP.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  62. mike g says:

    Oh ok

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

  63. mike g says:

    I usually take wtv Dregger says, drop it in the nearest toilet bowl, flush twice, and then believe half of what’s left…..

    I find it incredible that he would even throw that out there and think he’s still credible. If I’m not mistaken, Savard just prolonged his contract last season at 4 or 4.5 mill per year for 5 years. For one of the elite playmakers in the league and usual 90 pt player, that’s a nice hometown discount. I don’t see how trading him for Kaberle makes any sense. They make the same money, but Kaberle’s older and only has 1 year left on his contract.

    How can that trade even be considered if you’re the Bruins?

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

  64. SeriousFan09 says:

    Dreger’s a rumour-monger, they just signed Savard for the rest of his likely playing career and trading that contract now looks amateurish, if anything Bergeron or Krejci are getting shuffled.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  65. BJ says:

    Too bad. I was hoping they might of had interest in Hamrlik, wishful thinking.

  66. JD_ says:

    Put in my $1,067,537 and hung up the phone.


  67. BJ says:

    Back then those were huge prices. At the start of the hobby you could pick up Bobby Orr jerseys for $750.00 to $1500.00. I did get one Doug Harvey for $500.00 and another for $175.00. Prices were peanuts compared to now.

  68. likehoy says:

    so apparently according to dreger…savard might be in play for the bruins…and he might be dealt for kaberle

    how does that make any sense that the bruins want to give up their best playmaker when they just got nathan horton….

  69. mike g says:

    That’s what YOU call a missed opportunity……..jk, lol.

    At the time, you weren’t willing to pay 19 g’s?

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

  70. BJ says:

    I had a crack at the jersey way back in the early 80’s. I have owned over 1000 gameworn jersey some as old as the 1920’s. I had actually called joe Sgro and he was not inclined at the time to sell it. I know the first buyer of the jersey paid $5,000.00. I spoke with him (he was from Toronto and his name was Peter …….. ). He wanted $19,000.00 (Henderson’s # in 1000’s) so I assume the guy that sold it last night was the buyer at $19,000. Thats what you call a good investment.

  71. mike g says:

    I think they realize it’s finally now or never for that franchise…

    Boyle’s getting old, along with Gonchar. Thornton’s a UFA after next year, and he’s not 24 anymore. Heatley’s still in his prime, but for about another 2-3 years. I really think they’ll go after Turco with a 2-3 year deal max, at 3.5 mill. That is the timeframe they have left to win in, and look for them to be drafting more goaltenders than usual…

    After that they’ve got Pavelski, Mitchell, Clowe and Setoguchi to take over. Not exactly superstars like they’ve had for the past decade…

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

  72. punkster says:

    I guess you had to be around then to appreciate the ultimate height of hockey nirvana. Nothing has ever matched that moment in this game since. Nothing.


  73. 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.

  74. Bryan says:

    Interesting.  San Jose’s blue line isn’t getting any younger…


    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

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