You have to be tough to play in the NHL. Which is why, when the Chicago Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw received a puck to the face in game six of this year's Stanley Cup finals, it was only a matter of minutes and a number of stitches before the Ontario-native returned to the title-clinching game.
And those stitches auctioned for $6,500 for the V Foundation cancer research charity on August 25.
Grant DePorter, the CEO of Harry Caray's Restaurant Group, is their new owner.
He had previously failed to track down the game-winning puck from game six of the Blackhawks' 2010 Stanley Cup victory, despite offering $50,000.
"[The stitches] seemed like a very meaningful symbol of the Hawks' determination," he told ESPN.
"Andrew Shaw really stepped up during the whole playoff run, even when he was going against [Bruins defenseman Zdeno] Chara, who is two feet taller than him."
The original 1961 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup championship banner, which once hung in Chicago Stadium, sold for $37,500 in July.
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