A small town Saskatchewan hockey rink is holding a major hockey memorabilia auction in the wake of a near-devastating theft.
The story began back in February when a signed Gordie Howe jersey was stolen from the Asquith Sports Centre, about half an hour west of Saskatoon.
The jersey was intended to be the main item in an auction to help fund the rink.
“Keep the roof on is essentially where we’re at right now. Keep the maintenance and repairs up. Pay for our insurance and the cost of keeping the ice in, ” Jodi Nehring with the Asquith rink board said.
The theft of the jersey had people wondering how the town’s minor hockey program could continue, until national attention led to a flood of replacement donations of sports’ memorabilia from across North America.
That generosity has allowed the rink to hold an online auction this fall, with some pretty significant finds for sports fans.+
“For a hockey lover memorabilia collector there’s really anything for anyone,” Nehring said.
There are around 29 items online at Bodnarus Auctioneering, including signed posters and jerseys.
Among the items are a few signed Gordie Howe jerseys, a Sidney Crosby jersey and multiple signed hockey cards.
Pre-bidding is allowed but the official auction starts on Sept. 27.