Flames’ Tkachuk makes history as first NHL player to release NFT

Mar 26 2021, 1:27 pm

Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk has become the first NHL player to release a non-fungible token (NFT).

Tkachuk’s NFT will be auctioned off, with all proceeds from the sale being donated to the St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.

“It was an exciting opportunity, and for me to be able to pair it up with a charitable cause as well, in two charities and two hospitals, the Alberta Children’s and St. Louis Children’s, it was a no-brainer for me to get involved,” Tkachuk said in a video interview with Sportsnet’s Ryan Leslie.

Canadian artist Greg Dubois created Tkachuk’s NFT and along with it, the original purchaser will also receive an autographed game-used stick, an autographed jersey, and a post-game or virtual meet-and-greet with the Flames forward.

NFT’s have become very popular with players in the NFL, MLB, and most notably the NBA with the platform NBA Top-Shot where some highlights go for as high as $280,000.

The auction will remain open until April 1, and at the time of writing, the Tkachuk NFT has bids over $5,000.

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