The biggest-ticket item was a Henrik Lundqvist autographed NHL All-Star jersey, which brought in $6,400 for Garden of Dreams. Lundqvist proudly displayed the jersey throughout the bidding and posed for a picture with the winner. A signed Lundqvist Heritage jersey went for an additional $4,000 at auction just moments later.
One of the most entertaining aspects of Casino Night is the opportunity to see all of the Blueshirts dressed to the nines in their tuxedos.
"Some of these guys you don't see in a tux that often," said Lundqvist, who is known for his fashion sense. "It's always fun to meet all the guys with their families and also to meet the fans. I really enjoy it. It has been fun every time I have been a part of it."
In addition, a group of players' wives and significant others compiled baskets of "favorite things" unique to each player. Baskets for Sauer, Callahan, Dan Girardi, Lundqvist, and Erik Christensen were on display. Lundqvist's basket included everything from an NHL All-Star jersey to a selection of Swedish candies.
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