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Collection of 'remarkable' sports memorabilia coming to Timmins this weekend

Collection includes items from Auston Matthews, Muhammed Ali, Bobby Orr, Shoeless Joe, and more
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The McIntyre Arena in Schumacher. Maija Hoggett/TimminsToday

Timmins and area residents are invited to the McIntyre Arena’s Timmins Sports Hall of Fame this weekend where they can get up close and personal with some of the most remarkable sports memorabilia in Canada.

The exhibit will be open to the public between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15.

The exhibit will include some of the wreckage recovered from the legendary 1951 Hudson-Barilko plane crash north of Cochrane; Bobby Orr’s rookie season game-used stick; Gordie Howe’s game-worn, Stanley Cup-winning gloves; Auston Matthews rookie season game-worn jersey; Muhammed Ali training gloves; a rare Shoeless Joe Jackson autograph; JP Bickell’s spectacular solid silver cigar box; a Toronto Raptors Championship display; and much, much more.

These items are all part of private collections of Mark Fera and Graham MacLachlan, are not for sale, and they will never be in Timmins again.

However, there will be a number of surprise items up for a silent auction and a raffle as well.

Admission to the exhibit is just $2 per person and 100 per cent of the proceeds will go to the Mission and Thunder fundraising project that kicks off tomorrow night (Feb. 14).  

Your admission also gets you a ballot in a draw to win a pair of game-worn Auston Matthews gloves donated by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In addition, you can also enter a draw (at the exhibit) to win one of two NHL game packages, a pair of tickets to any Leafs game next season, or a second package of four tickets to the Leafs home-game of your choice in the 2020-2021 season!