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.
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
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.
Goldhar’s news release:
23, 2010) – Mitchell Goldhar, owner of SmartCentres, today announced
has purchased Paul Henderson’s 1972 Team Canada sweater from its
in a highly competitive auction held last evening.
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
plans to make arrangements for the sweater to be displayed at community
locations such as museums, including the Hockey Hall of Fame, to ensure
Canadians as possible can share in this wonderful memory.
company, SmartCentres has more than 200 shopping centres in communities
small, and operates in every province. SmartCentres is a major
SickKids, Bloorview Kids Rehab, CAMH and the Canadian Museum for Human
and many other worthy causes across Canada.