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Press Release - April 7, 2005
Historic 1972 Summit Series Pete Mahovlich Goal Scoring Puck to be Offered by Heritage!
Dallas, Texas: Heritage Sports Collectibles (HSC) will offer the puck that won Game Two of the historic 1972 Summit Series in their upcoming Signature auction, to be held May 14 in their Dallas, Texas headquarters.
"The 1972 Summit Series is considered perhaps Canada's greatest moment on the international hockey stage, and is still remembered in that country in much the same way that we think of the 1980 U.S. Olympics 'Miracle on Ice' here in the U.S." explained Chris Ivy, Director of HSC. "This puck, netted by Pete Mahovlich in Game Two of the Series, represents the finest artifact from that Series ever to be offered for public auction."
The puck comes to Heritage via a fan in attendance at the second game of this Series between Canada and the Soviet Union, who had a seat near the glass on the Soviet half of the ice when Mahovlich scored a goal to put the Canadians ahead three to one.
"With Team Canada a man down and in penalty-killing mode, Mahovlich delivered what is generally considered to be the finest individual performance of the Summit Series," noted Ivy. "Freezing a defender with a fake shot, Mahovlich created a one-on-one opportunity against the Hall of Fame Soviet goalie Vladislav Tretiak and slipped it into the net for a score. Most hockey historians consider this the turning point in both the game and the Series at large, which Canada went on to win in dramatic fashion."
After the goal was netted, it was immediately put back into play again, and was moved to the Soviet half of the ice, where a face-off was called. As the puck was dropped, it instantly became airborne again and tumbled into the seats, where the consignor caught it and quickly stuffed it into his pocket. The puck shows tremendous use from that historic game, with heavy gouges from collisions with sticks and skate blades. The flags of the two competing nations appear on one side, with the words "Canada 1972 Russia." The verso has the consignor's vintage notation, in gold, reading "Peter Mahovlich 6:47 Second Per. - Short Handed - Canada 3, USSR 1 - Final Score Can. 4, USSR 1."
"Serious hockey collectors already know that pucks from this storied series are all but non-existent," said Ivy, "and would clamor for any opportunity to own one, much less one with the history-making relevance of this puck. With half the games played in the Soviet Union, and those 'away games' using pucks printed in the Russian language, only a very small supply of pucks such as this one ever existed, and almost all have been lost to the ages in the three decades since. But a chance to own the specific puck that turned the tide for the Canadian team in the 1972 Summit Series is certainly, without question, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
A notarized letter of provenance from the consignor is included in the lot, which carries a pre-auction estimate of $15,000 - $25,000.
HSC specializes in rare and collectible sports cards, as well as uniforms, equipment, and related vintage sports memorabilia. Consignments for future Signature Sports Auction are currently being accepted. Prospective consignors or sellers of quality vintage sports cards and sports memorabilia are encouraged to contact:
Chris Ivy at 800-872-6467 Ext. 319 or email: CIvy@HeritageSportsCollectibles.com.
Sam Foose at 800-872-6467 Ext. 227 or email: SamF@HeritageSportsCollectibles.com.
Stephen Carlisle at 800-872-6467 Ext. 292 or email: StephenC@HeritageSportsCollectibles.com.
Jonathan Scheier at 800-872-6467 Ext. 314 or email JonathanS@HeritageSportsCollectibles.com.
To order the next Heritage Sports Collectibles Signature catalog, contact Nicole Jewell at 800 872 6467 ext. 272 or write c/o Heritage Sports Collectibles, 3500 Maple Avenue, 17th Floor, Dallas, TX 75219.