Historical Hockey Memorabilia Auction Winter 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/8/2017
In 1972 founders of a company named Hockey Diversified Inc. envisioned that each puck shot into the net to produce an official goal scored in an NHL hockey game would develop a degree of intrinsic collector value for hockey fans everywhere. The founders took this idea to the NHL and procured the rights to all such NHL pucks during regular season and playoff games for a period of five years. Pucks shot into the net for a goal were collected by the referees, given to the time keepers to label and then shipped to Hockey Diversified to further label with scoring details. The pucks were then marketed to the public by Hockey Diversified Inc. Unfortunately this idea was ahead of its time and pucks sold poorly. The program lasted only two seasons, 1972-1973 and 1973-74. Hockey Diversified Inc. dissolved shortly thereafter. Classic Auctions is honored to have been chosen by an original founder of Hockey Diversified to sell, at upcoming auctions, residual, unsold pucks from that “NHL Registered Goal Puck” collection.
Each puck originally distributed by Hockey Diversified could be obtained by mail with the buyer’s choice of team and possibly player. A label was affixed to each puck listing the scorer, team and date, along with a code that divulged which team-goal said puck accounted for. This particular puck was used by HOFer Brad Park to score the New York Rangers 3rd goal of the 1973 Stanley Cup playoffs, in Game 1 of the first round vs Boston at Boston Garden, on April 4th 1973. Assisted by fellow HOFer Rod Gilbert, it was the Toronto native’s 2nd goal of the game and playoffs, and 7th of his impressive 35 career playoff goals. Scored at 8:53 of the second, the even-strength goal proved to be the game winner, with the Rangers handing the Bruins and Bobby Orr a decisive 6-2 loss. The boys from Manhattan would dispatch the Bostonians in 5 games, advancing to the Semi-Finals against Chicago. Regarding condition, the rubberized Bruins logo is centered and remains fairly clean, while the Goal Puck Program label is near flawless. Two very small chips along the edge of the Bruins logo side are also present, mentioned strictly for accuracy.
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