Andrew Shaw, a hockey forward for the Chicago Blackhawks, is auctioning off the stitches he acquired during their Stanley Cup victory.
Shaw was smashed in the face by the puck during the first period of Game Six, which took place on June 24, but that didn’t stop him from completing the contest.
Now Shaw is going to frame and then sell the 12 stitches, that helped to heal his wound, which he will also accompany with an autograph. Shaw is going to sell numerous other items from his personal collection too, which he will then donate to the Jimmy V Foundation, a charity for cancer.
When Shaw was smashed in the face he immediately fell down to the ground and lay on the ice for several seconds, motionless. He was then helped up and then to the changing rooms where he received treatment.
Later on in the final, which the Chicago Blackhawks won by 3-2 against the Boston Bruins, Shaw miraculously took his place back on the ice, and helped to lead the Hawks to their second Stanley Cup in just four seasons. During the Stanley Cup playoffs Shaw managed to score five goals and set up four other efforts.
Joel Alpert, the AM sports maketing group owner, has admitted that this was his plan. He told the news service, “Immediately after the finals, I suggested to Andrew that he keeps his stitches as we could use them to raise money for a good cause.”
Alpert then added, “Andrew said he wanted to support breast cancer research, and from there we came up with the auction concept.”
The Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research, which is where Shaw’s money will be heading, was founded by Jim Valveno, an ESPN commentator and former basketball star and coach who died in 1993, after suffering from metastatic adenocarcinoma.
Would you buy Shaw’s stitches?