The Worcester Sharks are auctioning off the autographed pink mask worn by goaltender Thomas Greiss in an online auction, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge of Worcester via Sharks Charities.
The auction began on Nov. 23 and runs through Nov. 30.
Greiss agreed to wear the specially designed pink mask for games in October and November to promote awareness for breast cancer.
The Worcester Hope Lodge is a free, temporary housing facility for cancer patients who are undergoing treatment in central and eastern Massachusetts, and their families. It provides guests with private rooms, kitchen facilities and transportation to treatments. More importantly, perhaps, it also provides a human support network and a comfortable home away from home. Money raised during the auction will help fund the program.
The mask was designed and painted by the Worcester Sharks director of youth hockey and community relations Michael Myers. Myers has designed and painted several masks, including for 2006 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson.
The mask, which is a mirror image of Greiss’ regular mask, is pink with swimming sharks and has a pink ribbon on the front. The back of the mask dawns a Sharks Charities logo with Sharks Charities Chairwoman Mary C. Defeudis’ signature.
Fans may bid on the mask through 9 p.m. on Friday, November 30, by logging onto NHL.com’s auction site.