Mark O’Connell found it in the attic of a cottage he bought 17 years ago. He didn’t think much of it until he started doing some research. Now, he’s got a very old, very rare piece of hockey history that could be worth big bucks.
It’s not the world’s oldest hockey stick, but it is quite possibly the world’s oldest manufactured hockey stick that’s still around.
Created prior to 1871 and authenticated by the Hockey Hall of Fame, Mark O’Connell’s old stick says "Ditson" on the blade. That ancient manufacturing label was key in determining that what he has was a little slice of historic sports memorabilia.