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Monday, 11.28.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / Pittsburgh Penguins
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The National Hockey League Players’ Association and National Hockey League online jersey auction to support those affected by Hurricane Katrina has raised more $335,000 as it heads into the final 24 hours of bidding.  The auction is located on and Bidding concludes Tuesday at 9 p.m.

On Nov. 16, country music superstar Garth Brooks announced that The Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation will match up to $1 million of all monies raised in the NHL/NHLPA online auction which will benefit World Vision’s Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

The jersey of Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Sidney Crosby, worn in Crosby’s second NHL game currently tops the bidding at $19,500. The jerseys of Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins also have garnered bids exceeding $5,000 and $4,000 respectively.

All auction jerseys were worn during the first period of each team’s home opener and are authenticated by a special one-of-a-kind patch that confirms the NHL’s and players’ commitment to the people and communities impacted.  In total, there are 600 NHL game-worn jerseys available in the auction, making it the largest game-worn jersey auction ever conducted by the NHL and NHLPA.

After Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, the NHL and NHLPA joined forces to donate $1 million to the American Red Cross. This jersey auction is a continuation of the league and the players’ association’s efforts to assist those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

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