Category - NHL

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The Chicago Blackhawks Add a Third Stanley Cup to Impressive Dynasty
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The Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular Returns to Boston
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Only the Strongest Remain in the 2015 NHL Playoffs
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St. Louis Blues Game-Used Jerseys Arrive for the 2015 NHL Playoffs
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Alexander Ovechkin’s Phenomenal Season
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Alex Ovechkin is the first NHL Player to Join Fanatics Authentic’s Roster of Exclusive Athletes
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Fanatics Authentic Game Used Memorabilia
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Top Sports Gifts for Valentine’s Day
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Capitals Prevail in D.C.’s 2015 Winter Classic

The Chicago Blackhawks Add a Third Stanley Cup to Impressive Dynasty

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Whether you’re a die-hard NHL fan or a casual spectator, it’s guaranteed you at least know about the recent hockey powerhouse known as the Chicago Blackhawks. After the strange and somewhat oxymoronic occurrence of a Florida team being their opponent in the 2015 Stanley Cup, the Blackhawks took home their third championship in the past six years.

In the nail-biting 2015 Stanley Cup Finals, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning played an unforgettable six game series. Although Chicago took the lead quickly, winning the first game of the series in Tampa Bay, it quickly became tied with the Lightning clinching Game Two. While Chicago lost Game Three on their home rink, they bounced back to show dominance winning the next three games and the series 4-2. There are few things sweeter than winning a Championship title at home in front of your fans, and that’s just what the Blackhawks managed to do for the first time in 77 years on Game Six. With Duncan Keith scoring the first goal, the Blackhawks began to set themselves up for victory. When Patrick Kane shot one into the net in the third, Chicago could taste the victory already, but the team worked for that championship every second of the game. With this win, the Chicago Blackhawks began to hear the words “dynasty” circle around as they proudly hoisted up the shiny coveted Stanley Cup for the fans to see.

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What the Blackhawks have built in the past decade is something not many Hockey teams can claim. With six Stanley Cup titles in franchise history, Chicago is tied with Boston for second most titles won by an NHL organization. Even more impressive is the turn around during the 2015 Stanley Cup series when the Blackhawks miraculously came back to win the cup in what looked like a series that the Tampa Bay Lightning was going to take with ease. But the bigger story here is the titles they continue to bring back to The Windy City since 2010. They have won three titles in the last six years (2015, 2013, and 2010); an remarkable feat for a franchise in any sport. Can sports fan truly call this the start of a dynasty or is it just luck? Can the Blackhawks make Chicago a Championship city?

After the Blackhawks brought home the Cup to Chicago, it was back to work for the champions. What makes them so strong are not just their Stanley Cup appearances or their come from behind attitude to win it all, it’s something more impressive and hard to deny. During the regular season, the Blackhawks average over 50% of score adjusted even strength shot attempts, something that consistently leaves them in the top five teams yearly, and serves as further proof of the power and skill this Chicago team has. During the 2014-2015 season alone, the Blackhawks scored 150 goals and allowed just 129 goals. This in partial to standout goalie Corey Crawford, but he alone is not carrying the team. The entire Chicago Blackhawks roster seems to have this winning thing down and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight as the team will resign at least five of their key performance players.

Considering all of Chicago’s glory in recent years, is this truly a dynasty? If it were up to the heads of the NHL, I think they would already be calling this power team the next greatest dynasty. But putting such a big title on a team could be disastrous, as has been noticed in other teams throughout sports. Could this dynasty just be luck? Could it be a similar situation to the Miami Heat’s short-lived dynasty that crumbled when players began to be traded to other teams? Perhaps it is, but only time will be able to tell. Until that time comes, Chicago will bask in the glory of being a Championship City, something it hasn’t been able to do for any other sport for quite some time. They have a powerhouse hockey dynasty in their presence and no city can take that away from them just yet.

The Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular Returns to Boston

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Fanatics Authentic is heading back to Boston, Massachusetts on June 5th for the second time and will bring over 40 prominent athletes along for three days of events. At the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular in Boston, the Royal Plaza Trade Center is scheduled to host a variety of New England sports icons and the biggest names from all major leagues to provide fans with the rare chance to meet some of their favorite athletes.

From Friday June 5th until Sunday June 7th, the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular will give Boston area sports fans a weekend of family fun that includes autograph sessions with future superstars, champions, and Hall of Famers. In addition to headliners, David Ortiz, Dan Marino, Malcolm Butler, and Pedro Martinez, the Boston show features an impressive lineup of athletes from the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL. In honor of the show opening, there will be roll back pricing for “Today’s Stars at Yesterday’s Prices” with discounts on autographs from  Steve Grogan and Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd on Friday night. On Saturday, June 6th, Fanatics Authentic will honor the 40th Anniversary of the 1975 Red Sox with appearances by more than 15 former Boston stars, including Carlton Fisk, Fred Lynn, Dwight Evans, Jim Rice, and more. Fans of all loyalties can get closer than ever to some of their most idolized athletes, ranging from the second overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft Marcus Mariota to the legendary Bo Jackson, at the Fanatics Authentic show courtesy of many exclusive signing sessions and photo opportunities all weekend long.

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The Boston show caters to a wide range of sports fans and collectors by offering a diverse assortment of ticket options. General admission is free of charge for the entire weekend and every person in attendance will receive a raffle ticket to enter to win a deluxe framed Tom Brady jersey with a value of $1,500. For serious collectors and the most die-hard fans, there is an all-inclusive $99 VIP package, which includes an express line pass to cut autograph lines, early admission that allows entry 30 minutes before the show each day, tickets for an autograph and inscription from Gaylord Perry, one random autograph ticket, and raffle tickets. Tickets for athlete autographs, special inscriptions, and photo-ops are available for athletes in attendance and can be purchased at different price points depending on each player. For $10 each, items signed at the Boston show can also be certified authentic by the Fanatics Authentic and will be fully backed by our authenticity guarantee.

For more information regarding the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular in June, visit the show website, here.

Only the Strongest Remain in the 2015 NHL Playoffs

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The 2015 NHL Postseason began on Wednesday, April 15th and since the race to the Stanley Cup got underway, hockey fans have witness shocking upsets as well as the complete domination of teams. In the first round of the playoffs, two exciting match-ups went to seven games while only the Anaheim Ducks were able to blowout the Winnipeg Jets. Forget the entertainment provided during the regular season because the best has yet to come as the NHL playoffs wrap up the second round and enters the Conference Finals.

The Anaheim Ducks finished with the number one seed in the Western Conference Pacific for a first round match-up against the Winnipeg Jets, the five seed in the Central division. Unfortunately for the Jets, the Ducks continued on their spree of dominance and eliminated Winnipeg with a series win of four games to none. Led by right wing Corey Perry and centerman Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim is nearly unstoppable, especially with these two players leading the postseason in total points scored with 14 points and 12 points respectively. The other three first round match-ups in the Western Conference all ended in six games and featured some exciting performances. Pitting fellow foes from the Pacific region against each other, Vancouver faced off against Calgary, but despite the Canucks higher record coming into the playoffs, the Flames came out victorious. The Minnesota Wild finished fourth in the Central division during the regular season but put on a very impressive performance and took down the St. Louis Blues who were ranked number one in the same division. Chicago finished just under the Nashville Predators in the Central division but that didn’t stop the Blackhawks from advancing to round two. Led by All-Star Patrick Kane, the Chicago Blackhawks are an extremely dangerous team that is in search of their second Stanley Cup in three seasons and secured another trip to the Western Conference Final to face off against the Anaheim Ducks.

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Meanwhile in the Eastern Conference, both match-up featuring the Tampa Bay Lightning versus the Detroit Red Wings and Washington Capitals against the New York Islanders took the first round to seven games. Although center Tyler Johnson for Tampa Bay had a terrific series, Braydon Coburn and Anton Stralman recorded one goal each in the final game to give the Lightning a 2 to 0 victory for a trip to the second round. The New York Islanders haven’t won a first round playoff match-up in the last 22 years, but the Washington Capitals were merciless as their opponents faced what seemed to be an inevitable fate. Game 7 was tied 1 to 1 in the third period but Evgeny Kuznetsov came up clutch and scored the game winning goal with seven minutes and 18 seconds remaining to keep the Capitals postseason hopes alive. As for the rest of the East, the Montreal Canadiens outlasted the Ottawa Senators in six games and the New York Rangers easily eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins in five. Centerman Derick Brassard and left wing Rick Nash both came up with big performances for the Rangers to help them advance to the second round.

Round 2 of the NHL Playoffs is coming to a close with the two Western Conference contenders set and two Eastern Conference teams on the verge of victory. With the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks easily advancing to the Conference Championship, hockey fans are in for a real treat with a match-up between two dominant contenders, while the Tampa Bay Lightning hopes to keep its lead alive entering Game 6 against the Montreal Canadiens and a Game 7 tie-breaker will leave either the New York Rangers or the Washington Capitals a Stanley Cup hopeful and crush championship dreams of the other. All four teams that will advance to the semifinals will be comprised of the best and most talented athletes on the ice, so the competition in the NHL is going to get even hotter as the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals rapidly approach.

St. Louis Blues Game-Used Jerseys Arrive for the 2015 NHL Playoffs

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Just in time for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Fanatics Authentic received a huge collection of game-worn St. Louis Blues jerseys. With jerseys for sale that were worn by every star on the Blues, from Vladimir Tarasenko to T.J. Oshie, fans can gear up for the long road to the Stanley Cup and commemorate their favorite St. Louis hockey moments from the 2014-2015 NHL season. Finishing the regular season as Central Division Champions with a 51-24-7 record and the fourth-best power play in the league,the St. Louis Blues took the second seed in the Western Conference and are a strong contender entering the postseason.

As the second-ranked team in the West, the Blues are projected to take down the Minnesota Wild in the first round and make a long postseason run. Check out the video below to see the shipment of St. Louis Blues game-used collectibles arrive at Fanatics Authentic and shop the selection of St. Louis Blues memorabilia to celebrate your favorite hockey players as the NHL postseason competition begins to heat up.

Alexander Ovechkin’s Phenomenal Season

OvechkinWinterClassicThe storied career of Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin becomes more and more impressive every time he takes the ice. After being selected with the number one overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft has, Ovechkin played his rookie season in the Nation’s Capital when he was just 20 years old and instantly took the hockey world by storm. Since then, the player often referred to as “Ovi” or “The Great Eight” by fans has established himself as arguably the greatest Russian to grace the league in just 10 short seasons.

At the peak of his career, Alex Ovechkin’s trophy case is already crowded and will certainly be even more jam packed by the time the Capitals star hangs up his skates. The most talented player in Capitals history has been named to either the First or Second NHL All-Star Team in all but just one of his seasons in professional hockey. If there is a major piece of hardware given out during the postseason NHL Awards, chances are Ovechkin has won it. Throughout his tenure in D.C., the future Hall of Famer has taken home the Calder Trophy, the Art Ross Trophy, three Hart Memorial Trophies, and four Rocket Richard Trophies. In addition to his many individual feats, Ovechkin single handedly turned the Washington Capitals franchise into a perennial winner. Since 2007, Washington has reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs on six occasions, winning the division five of those times. With Ovechkin on the ice in the Verizon Center, there is no doubt that the Caps will once again return to the Stanley Cup Finals in the near future.

FA_AlexOvechkinThe 2014-15 NHL season has been no exception to the legacy of “The Great Eight”. Through March 13, Alex Ovechkin racked up 45 goals, which puts him on pace to take home a fifth Rocket Richard Trophy. There is also a very good chance that Ovechkin could take home the Art Ross Trophy one again this year, considering he is only two points shy of leading the league in overall scoring with 14 regular season games to be played. To put Ovechkin’s jaw-dropping numbers into perspective, he has 45 goals and 70 points, while the league average is 6.4 goals and 17.5 points. The 29-year old left winger has already established himself as one of the NHL’s biggest superstars, but can cement his legacy as an all-time great by continuing the success off his incredible 2014-15 campaign and what would be his first Stanley Cup title.

With Ovechkin on pace to potentially sweep the NHL Postseason Awards, there is no better time to take home a piece of sports memorabilia autographed by the Washington Capitals superstar. For all things Ovi, be sure to visit our selection of exclusive autographed Alexander Ovechkin memorabilia, where all hockey fans and sports collectors will find authentic, hand signed items from All-Star Games, the Winter Classic, and more.

Alex Ovechkin is the first NHL Player to Join Fanatics Authentic’s Roster of Exclusive Athletes

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Fanatics Authentic is extremely proud to announce that Washington Capitals star left wing, Alexander Ovechkin, is the first NHL player to officially join the team of Fanatics Authentic Exclusive Athletes. Joining a roster of over 60 Fanatics Authentic Exclusive Athletes, Ovechkin will be the first hockey star to bring sports fans and collectors his own collection of truly unique autographed sports memorabilia. Courtesy of the exclusive relationship between Alex Ovechkin and Fanatics Authentic, hockey fans will be able to purchase the most premier sports collectibles featuring the three-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner, as well as the possible chance to witness official signings with the Washington Capitals star and see behind-the-scenes of his autograph sessions.

Since beginning his professional hockey career when he was selected first overall by the Capitals in the 2004 NHL Draft, Alexander Ovechkin has become one of the most effective scorers in the league and a hockey fan favorite. Immediately upon taking the ice as a member of the NHL, Ovechkin earned a reputation as one of the top performers in the sport, scoring 52 goals and 54 assists, and won the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year. In the following seasons, Ovechkin emerged as the NHL’s top scorer and became the first player to win the Rocket Richard Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, Lester B. Pearson Award, and the Hart memorial Trophy in one season. The five-time NHL All-Star has not slowed down since he began tearing up professional hockey, while leading the Capitals to win five division titles and brought Team Russia to a gold medal at three World Championships.

As Alex Ovechkin continues to thoroughly write his name in NHL lore, Fanatics Authentic will be along for the ride to provide hockey fans with rare sports collectibles to honor every feat the Capitals legend adds to his resume. With many years of excitement left to come in this prominent NHL player’s career, make a valuable investment for your sports room or collection with autographed Alexander Ovechkin memorabilia. Bring home a piece of the on-ice action with an Alexander Ovechkin autographed hockey puck or show support for the Capitals as Washington looks to make a deep postseason run with a signed Alexander Ovechkin jersey, by shopping the entire product offering of NHL memorabilia signed by the All-Star, here.

Fanatics Authentic Game Used Memorabilia

MoGameusedbaseballAutographed sports collectibles are a great way to commemorate a beloved athlete or preserve fond sports memories, but there’s nothing quite like game used sports memorabilia to get close to your favorite athlete. These one of a kind sports collectibles are items that are used or worn during a game, allowing sports fans to bring home a piece of the action and preserve unforgettable sports moments. Game used memorabilia ranges across a variety of sports collectibles, from a jersey worn by a player in a game, a piece of equipment like a football used during an NFL game, or a hat worn by an MLB player in the outfield.

FAGameWornIn an effort to bring sports fans and collectors authentic game used collectibles that they can trust are genuine, Fanatics Authentic developed exclusive relationships with various players and professional sports teams to receive these pieces right out of play. By working directly with these teams and players, Fanatics Authentic is able to serve as a first-party authenticator for all of its game used collectibles. With a system that requires a representative to witness the use of every piece of game used memorabilia, Fanatics Authentic is able to diligently document the authenticity of each item. Whether it be on the field or in the locker room, Fanatics Authentic representatives remove each item from play to certify with its exclusive authentication hologram and a unique alpha-numeric combination. Sports fans can use this code to reference their collectibles at any time in the massive Fanatics Authentic Verification database to prove its authenticity and get background information on the item.

In addition to game used memorabilia, Fanatics Authentic offers other similar, but more affordable sports collectibles that allow fans and collectors to own their very own piece of the action. Practice-used jerseys and equipment brings fans items that touched their favorite athletes’ hands, but are at a slightly lower price because they weren’t featured in an official game. Game-issued collectibles, which are items designated to be used in play or worn during a game, like a kicking football issued for a specific game that wasn’t used, are also a great addition to any sports collection. Player issued and team issued memorabilia are also very uncommon and valuable sports collectibles that include items that were not actually used in a game but were selected for a certain player or team and may or may not feature an athlete’s name or number, in addition to the team name or logo.

On the sports memorabilia market, game used collectibles are much fewer in number than typical sports collectibles, like signed jerseys and autographed balls, which makes them even more valuable. With only a limited number of items used by players in a specific game, and even less that are sold to the public, game used memorabilia is very rare. For example, a Peyton Manning signed jersey already holds a high worth, ranging from $600-$1,200, but a Peyton Manning autographed game-used jersey values more of $10,000 to $15,000. Since buying game used collectibles is an investment that has the ability to acquire a large amount of value over time, it is vital to take every precaution to ensure that these collectibles are authentic. Therefore, purchasing game used memorabilia is an asset to any sports collection and must be done so according the tips below.

MarteGameUsedBatTips for Buying Game Used Collectibles:

  • Buy Based on Athlete – Game worn or used items from sports heroes, such as Derek Jeter, or Hall of Famers, like Joe Montana and Michael Jordan, are valued most due to their legacy.
  • Invest in Potential Breakout Players – The biggest financial returns in sports memorabilia occur when an athlete’s autograph is affordable because they have yet to break onto the professional sports scene and then drastically increases in value when that player skyrockets to fame. For example, Malcolm Butler signed collectibles weren’t nearly as valuable before his game-winning interception at Super Bowl XLIX as they are now.
  • Look for Items from a Significant Event – Items used during the Super Bowl, World Series, All-Star Game, or game in which an Athlete reached a milestone are even more valuable.
  • A Certificate of Authenticity is a Necessity – Fraud is a major problem in sports memorabilia and can be an even bigger issue when shopping for game used collectibles. Therefore, documentation from a reputable authenticator is of absolute importance when purchasing game used items.
  • Choose a Reputable Retailer – Many work exclusively with athletes and teams to guarantee the authenticity of each piece with a certification system that pulls collectibles directly from play and documents its use.
  • Shop Smart – Although it may seem like common sense, game used collectibles should not look brand new or untouched and if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Get Educated – Knowing the habits of an athlete, as well as details about a player’s uniforms and equipment are simple ways to avoid being scammed. Athletes always wear a specific size in their uniform and typically have brands they represent consistently.

Top Sports Gifts for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day 2015 will be the best ever for a special sports fan in your life if you use our gift guide that outlines the best gift for him and top gifts for sports fans. Rather than typical Valentine’s Day gifts, like chocolate and roses, authentic sports collectibles are a truly one-of-a-kind holiday gift that a sports fan can cherish forever. By browsing the wide assortment of autographed sports merchandise for items that commemorate all of their favorite players and teams, you’re sure to find an amazing gift for your Valentine. Whether you’re shopping for the casual spectator or a die-hard fan, sports memorabilia from our list of the best Valentine’s Day gifts for sports fans provides unique gift ideas that will excite anyone.

Best Sports Gift for Valentine’s Day:

1. Signed Photos – Autographed sports photos capture remarkable moments from throughout an athlete’s career and allows fans to relive every amazing play forever. With images that feature the best memories in sports history, including incredible plays and championship celebrations, you can make Valentine’s Day unforgettable by giving a special sports fan a present that will truly pass the test of time. Be sure to browse the In Focus and Film Strip product lines to give the ultimate sports fan a unique gift that is the perfect dedication to their favorite athlete.

2. Autographed Baseballs – A signed baseball is a traditional piece of sports memorabilia that celebrates some of the most iconic players from all generations of America’s favorite pastime. Hit a home run on Valentine’s Day by shopping for a baseballs autographed by an MLB fan’s childhood hero, like Cal Ripken Jr. and Derek Jeter, or favorite stars, such as 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner.

3. Autographed Jerseys – There are few things closer to a sports fan’s heart than the teams they root for. With a signed jersey you can show your loyalty on Valentine’s Day by giving your love one a piece of sports memorabilia that truly honor their favorite teams and players. Don’t forget to create a present as special as your relationship by adding a customized frame to display the autographed jersey in a man cave or sports bar.

4. Display Cases – Provide your Valentine’s most prized sports collectibles protection to last a lifetime or support a collector’s beloved hobby with a display case as a gift this holiday to preserve the quality of their favorite possessions forever. A display case proves that your love will stand the test of time and is a must-have for anyone with cherished piece of sports memorabilia.

5. Signed Mini Helmets – NFL fans live for the excitement of each season and after an unforgettable year of play that named the New England Patriots Super Bowl Champs, you can’t go wrong on Valentine’s Day with a mini helmet signed by the game’s biggest stars, such as Tom Brady and Odell Beckham Jr. Give the sports fan you love an autographed football mini helmet this holiday to bring back all of their favorite NFL moments and can be easily displayed in any office or bedroom.

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Capitals Prevail in D.C.’s 2015 Winter Classic

TroyBrouwer_WinterClassicThe Winter Classic has quickly transformed into one of the most highly anticipated sporting events of the year. Since 2008, a different city has hosted the NHL Winter Classic on New Years Day, a nostalgic outdoor hockey game played in some of the countries most iconic baseball and football stadiums. As the hype and viewers of the game have been growing rapidly with each passing season, the 2015 Winter Classic was not short on excitement.

The 2015 Winter Classic was held at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., one of the newest ballparks in Major League Baseball. The hometown Washington Capitals played host to Western Conference juggernauts, the Chicago Blackhawks. The Caps started the game firing on all cylinders, netting two goals in under 12 minutes. A Patrick Sharp power play goal put the Blackhawks on the board to end the first period with a 2-1 score. Just moments into the second, Chicago’s Brandon Saad netted his ninth of the year to tie the game up and set the stage for a dramatic ending. After 19 minutes and 27 seconds of back and forth hockey in the third period, Troy Brouwer capped off a Washington victory with a power play goal assisted by Alexander Ovechkin and Mike Green. The 3-2 victory for the Caps will prove valuable as the season goes on, as Washington is currently in a position to earn an Eastern Conference Wild Card bid.

Celebrate the Capitals 2015 Winter Classic victory for life and preserve every unforgettable play from the thrilling match-up by shopping the exclusive selection of Winter Classic collectibles. From autographed photos of Troy Brouwer’s game-winning goal to autographed Capitals Winter Classic jerseys, NHL fans and sports memorabilia collectors can take home a piece of hockey history. Check out some of the unique hockey collectibles from the Winter Class below and shop the full product offering, here.

  • 2015 Winter Classic Washington Capitals vs. Chicago Blackhawks Plaque

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  • Alex Ovechkin Winter Classic Capitals Jersey with GR8 Inscription

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  • Tom Wilson Autographed 2015 Winter Classic Puck

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  • Signed Eric Fehr 2015 Winter Classic Photo

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  • Limited Edition Alex Ovechkin, Troy Brouwer, & Eric Fehr Signed Winter Classic In-Focus

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  • Autographed Troy Brouwer 2015 Winter Classic Jersey

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  • John Carlson Autographed 2015 Winter Classic Puck

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  • Signed John Carlson Washington Capitals Winter Classic Jersey

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  • Alex Ovechkin Signed 2015 Winter Class Hockey Puck

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  • Autographed Troy Brouwer Winter Classic Photo with Game-Winning Goal Inscription

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