The NHL star and Buffalo Sabers captain have teamed up with USA Hockey to launch the NFT auction. This is the first collaboration between a national Olympic governing body and a professional athlete in the NFT world.
Jack Eichel may have been sidelined by injury instead of the Buffalo Sabers captain, but the NHL star has made headlines out of sight. On Thursday, it was announced that he would be joining forces with USA Hockey to create an NFT auction.
Eichel will be the first professional ice hockey player to create a non-fungible token and the first professional athlete to do so with the help of an Olympic governing body.
Hosted on OpenSea, the aptly named “Jack Eichel x Fox Ellis NFT Collection” includes two dozen NFTs that mark highlights of Eichel’s early career. The project is also supported by Fox Ellis, a talent, brand and blockchain marketing agency.
Jack Eichel and US hockey made NFT history
The Jack Eichel NFT collection includes three exclusive designs, ranging from 15 pieces to one piece of the best selling item at the auction.
The first NFT design, with just 15 examples, is dedicated to Eichel’s Rookie Season. The winners of the competition will receive one of 15 Super Rookie cards digitally signed by Eichel. There will also be a physical, hand-signed # 15 Sabers season 1 captain’s jersey on sale.
The second drawing, “Captain Jack”, will be released in only nine copies and will celebrate his title of team captain. The winners will also receive an autographed jersey, but this will be the # 9 Sabers captain’s jersey.
Last but not least, this is the USA Hockey NFT Special Edition. This one-of-a-kind NFT marks Eichel’s victory at the World Cup as a full-fledged player of the 2014 U18 national team. The NFT is limited to one issue and comes with a digital card signed by Eichel.
In addition, the winner will receive memorable gifts. The set includes a hand-signed hockey stick and jersey, both used in an NHL live match. The big winner will also win two tickets to the 2021 Sabers home game to watch the captain in action.
Eichel’s agent and President of Global Hockey Consultants Peter Fish reportedly said:
“Jack sees blockchain technology as an exciting new way to connect directly with his most dedicated fans and express his gratitude for his support on his journey to the professionals.
Eichel may be the first big name in the NHL to launch the NFT, but the trend has become popular with athletes in recent months.
With leagues like the NBA launching Top Shot, teams like the Warriors, players like LeBron James, and legends like Ted Williams are all represented on the NFT, it looks like the trend is just starting to grow.
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