This is believed to be the world's oldest manufactured hockey stick:
That's owner Mark O'Connell showing off the stick to Sidney Crosby.
This 42 inch stick has been authenticated by the Hockey Hall of Fame. It is believed to have been created in the 1870s, as early as 1871, by an American sporting goods company called Ditson, which was the forerunner to Spalding.
The stick could be worth millions of dollars. Which is amazing given that for years not only did this stick sit on a work bench in Mark O'Connell's garage and was even used by his son in road hockey games.
O'Connell has been the told this stick has more historical significance than previously celebrated old sticks, including a stick that was for sale at the Olympics for over $2 million and was appraised as high as $4.5 million.
But O'Connell is not looking to sell his stick. Not yet anyways. The stick has provided him with more valuable opportunities.
O'Connell has been travelling the country, sharing the stick with Canadians. The stick has given him the opportunity to see this great country and experience it's undying love for hockey. Not to mention meet many great Canadians and hockey legends.
Keep your eye out for Mark O'Connell and the world's oldest manufactured hockey stick. He may be coming to your town one day soon.