Chicago Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw to Auction Stitches from Playoff Face Wound

By Casey Drottar
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NHL fans, like supporters of any league, love their memorabilia. Whether it be signed pucks, framed ticket stubs, or jerseys, there’s no limit to what one can collect.

If there was anything that could lend credence to that statement, it’s this: Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw will be auctioning the stitches from a gash he suffered in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins.

Yes, Blackhawks fans, on August 15 you can complete your 2013 championship collection by bidding on Shaw’s personal wound dressings.

Shaw suffered the injury during the first period of the Game 6. Backing into his own zone, he took a slap shot from Shawn Thornton right to the face. Down on the ice for more than a few minutes, Shaw eventually made his way to the dressing room to get the wound taken care of. He came back — because he’s a hockey player — to finish the game and helped his team win the Stanley Cup. Many remember seeing pictures from the locker room celebration, with Shaw very clearly still bleeding from his cheek.

Well, now those same stitches that appeared to do a poor job of keeping his gash together are now going up for auction on eBay.

Shaw, clearly knowing such an odd prize will certainly see its fair share of eager bidders, is donating 100 percent of the final bid towards cancer research, as the auction is being held by the Jimmy V Foundation. Much of the motivation for donating towards this charity is due to the fact that Shaw’s mother recently won her own battle with breast cancer.

Fans worried they’ll be bidding on a Ziplock bag of face stitches need not fret. The stitches will come framed with an autographed picture of Shaw. It may be an odd item to bid on, but it’ll surely end up sending a good amount of money towards a very worthy cause.

Casey Drottar is an NHL writer for Follow him on Twitter @CDrottar19 or “Like” him on Facebook

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