The National Hockey League’s fourth regular-season outdoor game and third on United States soil was a monster of a classic, the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic 2010.
On January 1, 2010, in front of 38,112 fans who packed the grand old ballpark to its seams and one Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston, the Boston Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1, in overtime.
The NHL-MeiGray Group Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program is proud to offer fans and collectors across the globe the opportunity to bid on the jerseys and pucks used in the NHL's annual New Year's Day event.
The auction begins now at NHL Auctions and ends on Thursday, January 21 beginning at 9 pm ET. Each auction has the five-minute rule, so any bid placed with fewer than five minutes left in the auction extends the auction until no bid has been placed for five consecutive minutes.
Here's the auction link: 2010 NHL Winter Classic Auction
The Bruins honored their past by donning a gold-based Retro jersey that was accented in black, brown and white. The jersey captured elements from Boston’s five Stanley Cup championships. The crest featured the Bruins’ vintage “B” crest. Affixed to the right breast of each jersey was the Winter Classic 2010 patch.
The Flyers wore a primarily white jersey with orange and black accents that replicated the white jerseys they wore in their 1974-1975 Stanley Cup seasons. They used black nameplates with white letters, conjuring memories of the white nameplates with black letters they wore on their orange jerseys in 1973-74. Affixed to the right breast of each jersey was the Winter Classic 2010 patch.
Here’s what’s up for bid from the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic:
• 18 jerseys worn by the Bruins during the first period and 1 jersey, Shawn Thornton’s, that was worn by Thornton during the third period. The jersey worn in the first period by Vladimir Sobotka was presented to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
• 19 jerseys worn by the Flyers during the first period. The jersey worn in the first period by Oskars Bartulis was presented to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
• The 2 jerseys prepared for the Bruins who did not play in the Classic.
• The 4 jerseys prepared for the Flyers who did not play in the Classic.
• The first puck with the unique Winter Classic 2010 logo dropped to start the first period of the Classic.
• 11 additional game-used pucks (3 more from the first period, and 4 each from the second and third periods) with the unique Winter Classic 2010 logo used in the game.
• Two pucks with the unique Winter Classic 2010 logo used to score the Bruins’ two goals in the game.
• 7 practice pucks with the unique Winter Classic 2010 logo used by the Bruins during their outdoor practice on the Fenway Park ice on New Year’s Eve day.
• 7 practice pucks with the unique Winter Classic 2010 logo used by the Flyers during their outdoor practice on the Fenway Park ice on New Year’s Eve day.
Each item was authenticated by an NHL-MeiGray Group Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program director in Fenway Park immediately after it was used. Each jersey has been security-tagged, serial-numbered, and registered into the NHL-MGG Population Report.
The teams each wore four sets of jerseys during the Winter Classic. The set worn in the team photograph taken before the New Year’s Eve day outdoor practice and again in the warmup before the game was presented to the NHL Players Association. The set of jerseys worn in the second period remained the property of the respective teams. The set of jerseys worn in the third period was awarded to the players for their participation, with many thanks for the memories.
And stay tuned for more Winter Classic Game-Used Auctions coming soon, including sticks, socks, practice jerseys, helmets and gloves used by the Bruins and Flyers during the Winter Classic.