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 Pat Stapleton to score the Chicago Black Hawks 25th goal of the 1973 Stanley Cup playoffs vs the Rangers at Chicago Stadium, on April 15th 1973. Assisted by both Lou Angotti and Jim Pappin, the power play goal was Stapleton’s 2nd of the 1973 playoffs, and 10th and final playoff goal of his career. Occurring in Game 2 of the 1973 Stanley Cup Semi-Finals, it was Stapleton’s second goal of the game, with the star adding a third point on the night with an assist on Dick Redmond’s winning goal midway through the third. The Hawks would handily defeat the Rangers in 5 games before bowing out to the powerful Montreal Canadiens in the 1973 Stanley Cup Final. Regarding condition, the rubberized Black Hawks logo has a few small blemishes, while the Goal Puck Program label remains fairly clean. A couple of minor slices are present, with a larger example on the Hawks logo side. We should also note that this is the last goal Stapleton scored in the NHL before moving onto the WHA.
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