Belfour’s 2002 Olympic gold medal auctioned off for US$34,777

Dallas Stars goalie Ed Belfour stops a shot by Detroit Red Wings forward Pat Verbeek, left, during the third period Friday, Nov. 17, 2000, at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Belfour notched a shutout in the Stars' 1-0 win over the Red Wings. (AP Photo/Paul Warner)

Ed Belfour’s decision to trade his Olympic gold medal to go into the distilling business with his son has paid off.

The medal the Hockey Hall of Fame goalie won at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games was auctioned off for US$34,777 on Tuesday, according to the final bid listed by Classic Auctions. Overall, the 66 items of hockey memorabilia Belfour put up for sale sold for nearly $179,000.

Last week, Belfour said he was selling part of his collection to join son, Dayn, and establish Belfour Distilleries. The business is to be based in Texas and focus on distilling bourbons and whiskeys.

A mask Belfour wore from 1992-94 with Chicago sold for $15,307. Another mask he wore with Dallas in winning the 1999 Stanley Cup title sold for $7,853.