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 Jacques Lemaire to score the Montreal Canadiens 146th goal of the season vs the Maple Leafs at MLG, on Jan 3rd 1973. Assisted by both Guy Lapointe and Pierre Bouchard, it was Lemaire’s 30th goal of the season, and 173rd of his 366 career goals. The first Habs goal of the match, and scored at 17:28 of the opening period, the night would be a free-for-all, with 12 total goals scored including 8 by Montreal for a decisive win. Regarding condition, the rubberized Leafs logo is near flawless, while the Goal Puck Program label exhibits just a few blemishes. With absolutely no chips, dings or grooves, the puck survives in beautiful condition.
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