Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw to Auction Facial Stitches from Game 6 to Charity

By Justin Breen on August 6, 2013 9:03am | Updated on August 6, 2013 2:08pm

CHICAGO — Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw took one for the team in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Now he's auctioning the stitches he received after getting a puck to the face in the Stanley Cup-clinching 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins for charity.

From Aug. 15-25, the "Andrew Shaw's Stitches Auction to Benefit The V Foundation" will be auctioning the stitches on eBay.com. The proceeds will be donated to the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research.

"He told me it's for real, that's for sure," Shaw's mom, Darlene, said via phone from Belleville, Ontario — Shaw's hometown — Tuesday.

According to Shaw's Facebook page, the "stitches are being professionally framed with an autographed photograph of Andrew Shaw, plus there will be other items included in this auction lot."

Joel Alpert, owner of AM Sports Marketing Group in Lake Forest, approached Shaw immediately after Game 6 and suggested he save his stitches to potentially use them in a charity auction. The stitches removed from Shaw's face after four or five days, Alpert said.

"Andrew expressed an interest in raising money for breast cancer research, and The V Foundation promised the donation would be directed to breast cancer research grants," Alpert said.

Darlene Shaw said her son frequently donates to cancer charities because, in part, she was diagnosed with breast cancer last October. Darlene Shaw said the cancer had been removed.

"It was a shock for all four of the kids as it was for my husband," she said. "But everything is good now."

Shaw scored the winning goal in triple overtime of Game 1 against the Bruins, then famously dropped an F-bomb on national TV. He recently celebrated with family and friends by bringing the Stanley Cup to Belleville.

Darlene Shaw said she has no idea how much money the stitches will make at auction.

"I'm anxious to find out," she said.

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