New York Rangers first-round draft pick Alexis Lafreniere is making news in an unusual way. Quebec police are investigating reports of fake trading cards of the Blueshirt prospect that are showing up on websites.
Sportsnet is reporting that organizers of the Quebec International Peewee Hockey Tournament are warning against fake Alexis Lafreniere cards.
Quebec City police say they are investigating the counterfeit Lafreniere cards, which are going for $100 on eBay.https://t.co/38kTIuDmnX
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The Quebec police have indicated that the fraudulent cards have been seen on eBay selling for $100. Tournament officials periodically look surf through websites to make sure cards with their official logo to make sure they are authentic. Â Officials found the Lafreniere cards from 2013 with the official tournement logo on them.
These cards are never were made nor exists.
“The Quebec International Peewee Hockey Tournament has never produced an Alexis Lafreniere card,â€ tournament general manager Patrick Dom said in a statement as was reported by the Canadian Press.”
Lafreniere was the first overall pick in this year’s NHL draft by the Blueshirts. He led Canada to a gold medal at the 2020 world junior hockey championship in the Czech Republic and played junior hockey for the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Tournament officials and the Quebec police want fans to be aware of these fake cards as the popularity of Lafreneiere will continue to grow this season once he makes his professional NHL debut with the Rangers sometime in mid to late January.