Game-Used Stick Auction Raises $26,015 For Local Firefighter
All proceeds from this special auction were donated to a local firefighter and his family. The firefighter had recently been diagnosed with cancer and when Sharks captain Patrick Marleau learned of the situation, he immediately decided to help. Marleau personally organized the auction, which consisted of 21 game-used sticks, each autographed by their previous owner. Participating players included Jonathan Cheechoo, Rob Davison, Niko Dimitrakos, Christian Ehrhoff, Nils Ekman, Jim Fahey, Marcel Goc, Scott Hannan, Marleau, Alyn McCauley, Kyle McLaren, Doug Murray, Evgeni Nabokov, Scott Parker, Tom Preissing, Mark Smith, Grant Stevenson, Joe Thornton, Scott Thornton and Vesa Toskala.
The auction began as soon as the doors to HP Pavilion opened at 6:15 p.m. and by the time the auction began to close during the second intermission, the price of each stick had steadily increased, as generous San Jose Sharks fans bid throughout the game. Though the opening bid for each stick began at $150, every stick eventually sold for at least double that amount, some even selling for several thousand dollars. The highest selling sticks of the night were Cheechoo ($5,400), Marleau ($3,100) and Joe Thornton ($3,000).
“I always come by The Sharks Foundation silent auction at every game but I was especially excited to participate in this auction,” said long-time season ticket-holder Jeri Jones. Jones walked away with four sticks, including Davison, Ehrhoff, Parker and Smith. “Not only did I get sticks from four of my favorite players but I was able to help out a great cause. It doesn’t get much better than that!”