Before the Washington Capitals’ stunning run to their first Stanley Cup title last spring, they survived a challenging regular season, winning the NHL’s Metropolitan Division by a slim margin over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Now, some of the sticks and gloves they used en route to making history are up for grabs.
MeiGray, which has an exclusive game-used memorabilia deal with the Caps and numerous other NHL teams, is offering 22 game-used sticks and 18 pairs of gloves from the 2017-18 season in a newly launched auction.
The listings include sticks and pairs of gloves used by Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and T.J. Oshie.
After the regular season, Washington fell behind two games to none to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the playoffs before winning in six games. They beat Pittsburgh in round two, then rallied from a 3-2 deficit to beat Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Finals and won the Cup by putting an end to the Vegas Golden Knights’ incredible opening season, winning in five games.
The minimum bid for each stick is $150 while the gloves open at $200 a pair.
The Ovechkin stick includes game tape and his nickname, “Ovie” imprinted on the shaft. “GR8” has been stitched on the side of each glove and the number ‘2’ has been handwritten on each palm. Many of the other players’ sticks and gloves also carry personal identification.
Each item is tagged with a hologram and registered into the Washington Capitals-MeiGray Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program database.
The auction continues through October 11 at MeiGrayAuctions.com.