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This is a Wayne Gretzky game-used Hespeler CS-Pro stick. It is one of the approximately 40 sticks that Wayne used on April 18, 1999 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, his last NHL game. The two-piece Hespeler stick has a wooden Hespeler blade which is still fully taped and shows residue from the baby powder that Gretzky notoriously applied to his blades. The blade is autographed "Wayne Gretzky 99 4/18/99" in recognition of this historic event. Beside the signature is a small "99" branded into the blade which Wayne had added to all of his last game sticks prior to the game. The end of the knob also has "1487" written in black marker to signify that this was the 1487th game of Gretzky's career. The shaft and blade both have "GRETZKY" stamped on them and the original Jack the Gripper remains on the handle.

As a sign of his appreciation Wayne wanted to ensure that all of his teammates, coaches and trainers each received a stick used in his last game. To make sure that everyone got their stick he had the lower portion of the shaft marked with the players number or staff member's last name in bold silver marker. This stick has this designation. In April of 2014 I acquired it directly from this individual, who is a prominent name in the hockey world. He had personally owned it for the 15 years since receiving it from Wayne. The stick comes with two of his signed COA's: one extremely detailed presentation letter and one photographic letter.

The stick is also photo matched to a photo from the locker room before the game. Shown below, there is a photo of about 40 sticks that were being prepared for use. There are multiple distinct characteristics that match this stick to one in the photo including:
-Unique pattern of extra glue on the hosel of the blade
-Distinct woodgrain patter on the blade and hosel
-Irregularities and distinct placement of the "GRETZKY" stamp on the blade

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Here is the batch of Gretzky's sticks in the locker room at Madison Square Garden prior to Gretzky's last NHL game. In the high resolution version of this photo the stick matches up perfectly to the 7th stick from the right.

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Other photos of Wayne from his last NHL game:

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