Paul Henderson's '72 Summit Series game jersey nets more than $1 million

While Sidney Crosby’s gold medal-winning goal will echo throughout time and grow in importance as the years go on, Paul Henderson’s 1972 Summit Series winner is a part of Canadian sports lore like Al Michaels’ “Do you believe in miracles?” call lives on for American sports fans. If you had any doubts regarding how important that moment really was, just look at the record-breaking auction of Henderson’s game-worn jersey that concluded late last night as reported by Sean Leahy.

The 1972 Summit Series jersey worn by Paul Henderson of Team Canada sold for a record $1,067,538 USD as the centerpiece of a month-long auction from Classic Auctions. With a 19.5% buyers premium, the final price was $1.275 million USD, a record for a sports uniform. The previous record for a hockey item was $191,200 USD for a Bobby Orr rookie year game worn jersey sold in April. There have been private sales greater than that, but the Henderson jersey shattered them all, including the $657,250 price tag of a Babe Ruth game worn New York Yankees jersey from 1933 that sold in 2006.

Toronto-based Mitchell Goldhar, owner of private real estate development company SmartCentre’s and one of Canada’s richest men with a net worth of over $1 billion according to a 2008 list, made the 42nd and final bid. The auction started at $10,000 USD and quickly rose entering yesterday evening just over $300,000 USD, with the final few hours seeing the price jump almost half a million dollars.

Thankfully, the investment shouldn’t turn sour for Goldhar like it did for entrepreneurs who spent crazy money on home run balls from the likes of Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds.

It’s crazy that Henderson’s sweater beat out the likes of Babe Ruth’s game-worn jersey, but the memorabilia industry in general kind of boggles my mind. I’ve never totally understood why a particular garment garners so much money. While it would be a cool thing to hang over your fireplace (OK, fireplace might be a bad idea, but you get the point), it just seems absurd. After all, it’s not the shirt that scored the goal, but rather the great two-way forward Henderson.

Either way, congratulations to Goldhar, Henderson and everyone else involved. You can take a look at the auction page here.

Panarin impresses ‘Hawks with his preseason debut

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Will Artem Panarin‘s overwhelming success in the KHL translate to North America? The 23-year-old forward has a lot to prove, but his first big test was a success.

Playing on a line with Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov, Panarin made his preseason debut in Chicago’s finale on Saturday. He registered two assists while giving his teammates reason to be optimistic about him.

“For not being on the ice he looks really relaxed. He’s great with the puck, has nice moves and I think we’ll see a lot of this,” Marian Hossa told CSN Chicago. “He has unbelievable skill. People here in Chicago are going to have a good time watching this guy dangling.”

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was impressed by Panarin as well and liked that line as a whole.

The fact that the trio seemed to hit it off quickly has to come as a relief after an upper-body injury prevented Panarin from getting the most out of this year’s training camp. At the end of the day though, the fact that he was able to at least get in one preseason contest is a big silver lining. How smoothly his adjustment goes from here is still a big X-factor, but at least now he’s going into the regular season with a better idea of what to expect.

Panarin is attempting to establish himself in the NHL after leading the KHL’s SKA St. Petersburg to a championship last year. He was the team’s scoring leader, topping ex-NHL star Ilya Kovalchuk.

Gustavsson secures one-year contract with Bruins

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There was stiff competition for the backup goaltending job in Boston, but with a signing this afternoon, it seems likely that the matter has been resolved.

The Boston Bruins announced that Jonas Gustavsson has agreed to a one-year, $700,000 deal. It’s a one-way contract, according to the Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin.

That contract is still small enough that the Bruins could bury it in the minors if they so desire, but it does set him apart from his last competitor for the goalie position, Jeremy Smith, who has a two-way deal. The fact that Boston went this route seems to imply that Gustavsson will serve as Tuukka Rask‘s understudy, although both netminders attended Sunday’s practice.

In Smith, the Bruins would be getting a 26-year-old goaltender who was dominant with the AHL’s Providence Bruins last season, but has no NHL experience. By contrast Gustavsson, 30, has played in almost 150 NHL games.

Boston sent Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban to the minors last week, but an argument could be made that either one of them is worthy of the backup job. However, both of them have a lot of potential and it’s not surprising that the Bruins felt they were better served by staying in the minors where they can play regularly and focus on honing their game.