Sunday, January 01, 2012
Written by Dave Sottile
Keith Aucoin and Braden Holtby played starring roles in the Hershey Bears’ 3-2 shootout victory Saturday night against the Norfolk Admirals at Giant Center.
After the game, their special New Year’s Eve jerseys fetched some of the largest bids in a charity auction.
Aucoin scored the only goal of the tiebreaker round, and his No. 11 brought a winning bid of $2,300, the highest price commanded during the American Hockey League team’s four special jersey auctions this season.
The same unnamed bidder also bought one of two Holtby No. 1 jerseys for $1,200. The goalie’s other uniform brought in $1,450.
The second-highest bid – $1,500 – came for Joel Rechlicz’s No. 19. Two other jerseys went for more than $1,000: Chris Bourque’s No. 17 ($1,400) and Graham Mink’s No. 21 ($1,100).
A total of 33 jerseys were auctioned off, fetching bids totaling $28,925. Net proceeds from the auction benefit Hershey Bears Charities, which assists various charitable organizations in central Pennsylvania.
Saturday’s New Year’s Eve jerseys were the fourth special set of jerseys worn and auctioned off by the Bears this season.
Previous jerseys commemorated the team’s 10th season at Giant Center (raising $28,650), promoted breast cancer awareness ($28,950) and saluted the Washington Capitals ($34,350), Hershey’s National Hockey League affiliate.
After playing in Friday’s AHL Outdoor Classic against the Adirondack Phantoms at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, the Bears will auction off those jerseys after a Giant Center rematch Saturday night.
The final special jersey auction will be held March 17, after St. Patrick’s Day uniforms are worn in a game against the Albany Devils.