Sunday, January 08, 2012
Written by Dave Sottile
The Hershey Bears didn’t come up with a victory in Friday night’s American Hockey League Outdoor Classic, but their chocolate brown and white jerseys sure were a hit with fans.
After beating the Adirondack Phantoms, 5-2, Saturday night in Hershey in a rematch of their Citizens Bank Park encounter, the Bears auctioned their uniforms from the outdoor game to season-best results.
Winning bids totaled $57,650 for 32 jerseys, only 20 of which actually were worn in the game played at the Philadelphia Phillies’ home park.
The total amount raised – and the $4,000 bid commanded by Keith Aucoin’s No. 11 uniform – were both high-water marks among the five special jersey auctions the team has held this season.
Net proceeds from Saturday’s auction benefit Hershey Bears Charities, which assists various charitable organizations in central Pennsylvania.
In addition to Aucoin’s, 12 other sweaters fetched bids of $2,000 or more, led by Joel Rechlicz’s No. 19 ($3,500; not worn in the game), Braden Holtby’s No. 1 ($2,500), Boyd Kane’s No. 12 ($2,450), Chris Bourque’s No. 17 ($2,450), Matt Pope’s No. 27 ($2,450; not worn), and Dany Sabourin’s No. 35 ($2,400).
Other top sellers were Patrick McNeill’s No. 2 ($2,400), Sean Collins’ No. 6 ($2,400), Tomas Kundratek’s No. 34 ($2,150), Graham Mink’s No. 21 ($2,050), Jacob Micflikier’s No. 18 ($2,000), and Patrick Wellar’s No. 33 ($2,000).
The $4,000 bid for Aucoin’s did not top the $5,100 price commanded in 1999 for Dan Hinote’s No. 13 Christmas jersey during Hershey’s days as a Colorado Avalanche affiliate.
The previous highs this season in four previous special jersey auctions were $2,300 for an individual uniform (Aucoin’s New Year’s Eve No. 11) and $34,350 for the total amount bid (Washington Capitals salute on Nov. 26).
On March 17, the Bears will wear St. Patrick’s Day uniforms against the Albany Devils in the final scheduled special jersey auction.