A couple months ago, I picked up an item for my collection that I had nothing of up to this point: a game-used hockey stick. While I do have a couple of cards with stick pieces on them, this is actually the first full piece that I have gotten my hands on.
stick, at one time, belonged to former Minnesota Wild left winger
Colton Gillies. The seller I purchased it from acquired it from Gillies
during the 2009-10 season, when he was playing for the Wild's AHL
affiliate, Houston Aeros. Being a former Houston resident, and current
Minnesota resident, this was a perfect item to pick up, as it represents
both of my "home bases" from the past 20 years.
Here's a few photos I snapped of the stick, just to show off to you all:
signature and inscription on the blade reads "To Jack 04/26/10 Colton
Gilles." Having the inscription isn't necessary, but cool, and it
doesn't really bother me that it has another person's name on it. I just
think it's an extra nice touch to even have the signature, as not all
game-used items carry one.
from the autographed blade of the stick, the other really cool part is
the customized nameplate toward the top of the stick. Each stick will
have this element, as it allows a particular player's stick to be easily
identified on the stick rack among those of his teammates.
butt end of the stick is wrapped in red tape, with a coil of some kind
wrapped around underneath the tape, to give a better grip on the end. It
is also done in red, which along with some green on the stick itself,
matches the red and green colors of the Aeros, which the team adopted
for the 2009-10 season and beyond, to match up with the colors of their
a better look at the stick-maker's logo, which gives a really good view
of the green element along the stick. This is taken from the reverse
side of what is pictured on the full stick photo, but it gives a better
look at the stick design, plus there's much more wear across this part
of the stick.
now have the stick mounted on the wall of my home office/guest
bedroom/man cave. It's one of those things where it may not be of a
major player, but that doesn't really matter, as it's always good to
have anything extra to bring you that much closer to the game, plus it
just looks really cool.