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 Peter Mahovlich to score the Montreal Canadiens 325th goal of the season vs Boston at Boston Garden, on April 1st 1973. Assisted by HOFers Jacques Lemaire and Yvan Cournoyer, the power play goal was Mahovlich’s 20th of the season, and 108th of his 288 career goals. Occurring in the last game of the regular season, Mahovlich would add a second goal along with an assist for a three-point night. The Habs would defeat the Bruins 5-3 before meeting Buffalo in the first round of the playoffs. Regarding condition, the rubberized Bruins logo remains fairly clean with a small blemish, while the Goal Puck Program label remains fairly clean, with a few minor faint marks. With absolutely no chips, dings or grooves, the puck survives in beautiful condition.
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