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Is there a game worn memorabilia scam going on?

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Yesterday the OHLInsiders account dropped this bombshell tweet.

After speculation of a recruitment scandal ala the Windsor Spitfires and Portland Winterhawks, we were treated to...a memorabilia scandal?

Okay, well, I'll take what I can get. Later in the day the London Free Press had more on the details, from Ryan Pyette:

Back in March, at the end of the OHL’s 2015-16 regular season, the Canadian Hockey League’s auction site offered up a number of authentic London game-worn jerseys for sale, including Marner’s black threads.

The blacks are considered London’s third set of jerseys — their road and home jerseys are green and white — but the Knights wore them more than usual this past season.

By the time bidding closed May 19, Marner, the Knights star forward and Maple Leafs prize prospect, had led the OHL post-season in scoring and was named both regular-season and playoff most valuable player. He would go on to be named the Memorial Cup MVP, tournament top scorer and CHL player of the year.

Scott Galbraith, a Londoner and die-hard Knights fan, provided the winning bid and shelled out $3,510, plus tax and delivery, for an authentic black, game-worn Marner jersey.

The highway construction foreman is an avid collector of game-worn sweaters, specifically Knights attire. He received a black Marner jersey from the team, but believes the sweater he paid for is now in possession of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

I mean, okay? I guess this depends on if the listing said "Playoffs and Memorial Cup worn". Did it? Well, we don't have access to any of the lawsuit documents but Marc Dumont from Eyes on the Prize did a little digging and found what could be the auction page in question:

marne rjersey

If this is the actual bidding page, and the dates and final bid do match, there's no indication on the site that the jersey promised was the jersey worn in the Memorial Cup.

The Knights comments on the situation were also in the LFP article quoted above:

"We’ve done nothing wrong," Knights governor Trevor Whiffen, a lawyer, said. "What we were offering for sale on the CHL site were sweaters worn during the regular season. At no time did we say we were going to give him a playoff sweater, an OHL championship sweater or a Memorial Cup sweater.

"We gave him a game-worn Marner sweater. That’s what he accepted knowing the Memorial Cup sweater was in the hall of fame. We said if you’re not happy with that, we’ll refund your money."

Whiffen claims Galbraith wants more than that and has threatened to sue the team.

The Knights offered to try to reclaim the jersey from the hall, but wanted the collector to sign a final release in a confidentiality agreement before handing it over.

"We tried to get you the sweater (from the hall)," Whiffen said. "We don’t think you’re entitled to it but let’s resolve this amicably, but you’ve got to give us a final release. We’ve tried to pacify him, but there is nothing that will make him happy unless we write a cheque and we’re not going to do that.

The complainants lawyer sent this statement to CTV's London affiliate:

There's much more to this situation that we'll hear about in the coming weeks.

Here's your links:

The Leafs were super busy and here's what they did yesterday
(OMG all the links are form PPP - BECAUSE IT'S ALL THE SAME NO MATTER WHERE YOU READ IT, SHUT UP)

Leafs Promote Mark Hunter to Assistant GM - Pension Plan Puppets
Fiancé of Hockey Wives star invited to Leafs camp on a PTO - Pension Plan Puppets
Leafs sign right-shooting defender Hrabarenka to PTO - Pension Plan Puppets
Marlies add Daniel Maggio to the roster on an AHL deal - Pension Plan Puppets
Toronto Maple Leafs sign Jhonas Enroth to one year deal - Pension Plan Puppets

Av's are narrowing down their coaching search:

Blackhawks’ assistant Kevin Dineen among candidates for Avalanche coaching vacancy, per report - Second City Hockey

A look back at the Flames past

89 Champs: Where Are They Now: Jamie Macoun - Matchsticks and Gasoline

Holy shit did it ever.

Jimmy Vesey Creates The Sourest Of Grapes From Buffalo - Blueshirt Banter

....no

Could the Rangers trade Mats Zuccarello for help on defense? - Blue Seat Blogs

Stop being greedy!

The World Cup: What’s In It For Me? - Arctic Ice Hockey