From Cirillo Public Relations:
RANGERS’ HENRIK LUNDQVIST FACEMASK EARNS $66,000 TO ASSIST HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS; SHATTERS MASK AUCTION SALES RECORD
New Rochelle, NY, November 28, 2012 — The facemask worn by New York Rangers star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist garnered a winning bid of $66,000, the highest ever for a goalie facemask, to benefit for Hurricane Sandy relief in an auction which concluded Sunday on SteinerSports.com. Molly Heines of New York placed the winning bid, which surpassed the June 2011 sale of Los Angeles Kings goalie Rogatien Vachon’s mask, which sold for $24,655, according to Barry Levine of GameUsedMasks.com.
“It is great to see Henrik giving back to the city of New York for Sandy relief,” said Levine. “The money raised is going to a great cause, and $66,000 will go a long way in the relief efforts. That it is the highest priced goalie mask ever sold at public auction speaks volumes to how much people want to help out.”
Heines, the winning bidder, is a long-time New York Rangers fan and an avid collector. Her collection consists primarily of goalie equipment.
“I think it’s an amazing amount of money, said Lundqvist. “To be able to donate this amount to people that really need it right now is great. I am incredibly thankful to everyone who bid on the helmet, especially the winner. This money will hopefully be able to make a real difference for some families who were directly affected by this storm.”
In collaboration with Steiner Sports, the Ranger put his own game-used facemask up for auction on November 5 in an effort to raise money for relief from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated much of the tri-state area.
“This is certainly humbling, seeing the strength of the Steiner Sports name in the collecting hobby; twenty-five years of so many supportive collectors,” said Brandon Steiner, Founder & CEO of Steiner Sports. “We are extremely proud to be given the mask on behalf of Henrik, to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, and realize what a huge milestone this is.”
Lundqvist, originally from Sweden, has served as the New York Rangers’ goalie since 2005 but began his professional career in 2001 playing for the Swedish hockey club Frolunda. Lundqvist was awarded the Vezina Trophy for the 2011-2012 season, an award recognizing the NHL’s best goaltender.
This is just one of many charitable contributions the Rangers’ goalie has been linked to. He also serves as the spokesperson for Madison Square Garden’s Garden of Dreams Foundation which is similar to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, granting wishes to children with terminal illnesses. More recently, Lundqvist played in a charity hockey game, Operation Hat Trick, bringing together several other NHL professionals including teammates Brad Richards and Dan Girardi. All proceeds from the game were donated to the American Red Cross, Empire State Relief Fund and the New Jersey Hurricane Relief Fund in addition to a $20,000 donation from the NHL Players’ Association.
The mask received over 25 bids in the short time it was up for auction, spanning just 20 days. Other notable facemasks to be auctioned off include Gerry Cheevers’ game-used mask for $21,405 in March of 2006 and Bernie Parent’s game-used mask for $21,000 in April of 2004.
Several of the jerseys worn in Operation Hat Trick are also available on auction. For more items benefiting Hurricane Sandy relief, please visit www.auction.steinersports.com.