Artifact: Winter Classic 2023 Goal Post

Source:  Procured directly via the NHL Events.

Authentication: Certificate of Authenticity

Date of Project: April 2024

Meeting Goals

This program was inspired by our collection based on salvaged NFL Candlestick Park goal posts which we have been turning into bottle openers since 2015.  The NHL asked us to consider a similar program for Goal Frames used in the iconic Winter Classic.

Watch the video below see how this program came together.

Project Background

The NHL provided Tokens with the 2023 Winter Classic set of goals, which we picked up in Seattle after the 2024 Winter Classic. These goals were also in use for the Stadium Series in Raleigh, NC and the Edmonton Heritage Classic.

We quickly learned why hockey goals are often called "the pipe". Where football goal posts are light aluminum to withstand the occasional "doink", NHL goals are heavy 8 gauge (4mm) thick steel built to take the beating of pucks, sticks and players caroming off of them through the course of an 82 game season. This heavy steel requires painstaking hand work to become a collection of bottle openers, cuff links & pendants.

Note the battle-worn painted steel surfaces of the post material have dings, dents & scuffs as a result of years of punishment. Tokens does not repaint, touchup or otherwise treat these deteriorated surfaces.

Artifact: Winter Classic 2023 Goal Post

Source:  Procured directly via the NHL Events.

Authentication: Certificate of Authenticity

Date of Project: April 2024