Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the La Ronge Ice Wolves were forced to move a popular fundraiser online this year.
The Ice Wolves were able to raise over $12,000 during their jersey auction, which took place on Facebook earlier this week.
In addition to the team’s home jerseys being awarded to the highest bidder, an NHL referee jersey was available, as well as a hand-beaded pendant.
“I was actually surprised that we got as good of numbers as we did,” said Randy Johns, who is a board member with the Ice Wolves. “We thought we were going to lose some because it’s not live, you don’t have the excitement of a live auction and all of that.”
Ben Manson’s jersey was the most expensive and it sold for $650.
“There was different people interested in the online auction than what you usually have in the live auction,” said Johns. “As our fanbase expands, it was good to see more people involved and interested in that kind of thing.”
The next order of business for the Ice Wolves is the SJHL Bantam Draft, which is scheduled for June 5.
(PHOTO: One of the jerseys that was auctioned off. Photo courtesy of La Ronge Ice Wolves, Facebook.)