Hockey Greats Jersey Exhibition -- Ukrainian National Museum, Friday, One night only!

Date: 
04/30/2014
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Jersey number 88 from Patrick Kane, 19 from Jonathan Toews and 9 from Bobby Hull

From 1957 to the present, hockey jerseys worn by 40 different top hockey players, many Ukrainians, will be on exhibit for one night only at the Ukrainian National Museum, 2249 W. Superior St., Fri., May 2, starting at 7 p.m.

Fortunate to have one of the country's top collectors, Pete Gianakas, live in the area, Steve Demitro, Museum Board Member, has pulled together an exciting evening for hockey fans. There will be a silent auction for a new replica jersey signed by many of the current and former Blackhawk players. 

The oldest jersey, from 1957, was worn by Terry Sawchuk, a Ukrainian, who was one of two of the most successful goalies in the history of the sport. Patrick Roy was the 2nd most important goalie. Some of the other greats with jersey representation are Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull, Patrick Kane, Cliff Korroll, Jonathan Toews, Denis Savard and Al Secord.

Talking about the players and their passion for the game and loyalty to their team, Demitro said with much verve, "Do you know that one player with a broken leg wouldn't leave a game until the end? Another player had a broken shoulder and ribs but he wouldn't letdown his team mates so he played to the end of the game.

"Furthermore, players don't get paid their full salaries for the playoffs? Yet in the playoffs, they play the longest and hardest. This year some of the guys also played in the Olympics! It is all about the love of the game and the sense of the team. Further more, at the end of the game the winning and losing teams always exchange handshakes. No other game like it."

Also on display will be a puck signed by Chicago Blackhawks' goaltender Anntti Raanta. Dedication on the puck: “To Ukraine Stay Strong.” 

Admission of $10 is a donation to the Ukrainian National Museum.

Free Parking is available near the Museum. For driving instructions, visit the Museum's website. For additional information, call 312.421.8020 or email.

Photo courtesy of Charles Churney

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