Former Blackhawks goalie Ed Belfour and his son, Dayn, are moving into the distilling business. And now the pair will have a nice chunk of start-up money to get things going.
Belfour, who played for the Blackhawks from 1988 to 1997, raised nearly $179,000 by selling 66 items of his own hockey memorabilia, including the gold medal he won with Canada at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games.
The gold medal fetched nearly $35,000. Other items he sold included a mask he wore with the Blackhawks ($15,307), a mask he wore with the Dallas Stars ($7,853) during their Stanley Cup season, and a replica of the Vezina Trophy he won in 1993. He also sold other game-work masks, autographed goalie sticks and jerseys to raise money for and start up Belfour Distilleries, which will be based in Texas and "focus on distilling bourbons and whiskeys."
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Last weekend Belfour appeared on the Blackhawks' Alumni game roster in their matchup against the Minnesota North Stars.
In eight seasons with the Blackhawks, Belfour won 201 games, had a .903 save percentage and allowed 2.65 goals per game. He was a three-time All-Star, a three-time Jennings Award winner and one-time Vezina Award winner. He also won 35 starts in 68 career playoff games with the Blackhawks. He finished his career with half a season in San Jose, five seasons in Dallas, three in Toronto and one in Florida, retiring from the NHL in 2004.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.
After being on the receiving end of some racist taunts while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly spoke publicly about the incident.
Smith-Pelly, a 25-year-old Canadian, reacted to the fans while he was in the box, going up to them from the other side of the glass. He addressed questions from the media about the incident on Sunday.
"I just heard some chanting, some, I guess, racially charged chanting," Smith-Pelly said. "You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset.
"What was said this time around crossed the line."
The Capitals released a statement about the incident:
"The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Capitals organization strives to be inclusive and has zero tolerance concerning any form of racism. Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society. As such, it is crucial to confront such appalling conduct, and the Capitals extend their appreciation to the Blackhawks organization and United Center security for swiftly removing the fans from the game."
The Blackhawks released a statement after the game with a similar tone.
Smith-Pelly said this has happened previously in his career.
"It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression, but we're still working towards it I guess and we're going to keep working towards it."
The Capitals released the full interview.
Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.
Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.
Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:
After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: