U.S. Olympic hockey hero Mike Eruzione is hoping to top Paul Henderson's record for the world's most expensive hockey jersey.
Inspired by the $1.275-million sale of the sweater Henderson wore while scoring the winning goal at the 1972 Summit Series, Eruzione is auctioning off his Miracle on Ice jersey and other equipment from the American upset victory at the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The former Boston University star scored the winning goal in the semifinal against the powerhouse Soviet Union before the squad of mostly unknown college players won gold with a victory over Finland in the final.
Dallas-based Heritage Auctions currently has a US$350,000 bid for the jersey on its website. Internet bidding ends Feb. 22.
The 58-year-old said some of the proceeds will go to his charity, the Winthrop Foundation, but mostly he wants to provide for his three children and his grandchildren.
"I heard Paul Henderson's jersey went for $1.2 million and I said to my wife 'We better get the equipment out of the attic,' " Eruzione said Tuesday.
-- The Canadian Press