While it may never be clear as to whether Wayne Gretzky demanded a trade or was “pushed” out of Edmonton, the stark reality stands that his career never missed a beat in sunny California, where he secured five assists titles and three points championships. The offered “Easton HXP 5100” stick was signed and used by “The Great One” during his second season (1989-90) with the Kings. The aluminum-coated shaft measures 52-1/2”, and the 11” blade is home to Gretzky’s black marker signature (inscribed “Best Wishes 99”), which projects (“7-8”) quality. The rare brushed aluminum style stick shows moderate use. Gretzky’s name is not stamped on the shaft, but it does appear on the exposed wooden portion just above the blade. Reportedly, two dozen of these were issued to Gretzky at the start of the season. Full photo LOA from Rich Ellis (for stick authenticity), auction LOA from JSA for the autograph. More on our website.
Blade tape was removed to accommodate the signature. This was likely done by Kings equipment manager Pete Demers. Of note, “To Donald” precedes the autograph. Although this was executed in a different color ink, it appears to be in Gretzky’s hand, suggesting Gretzky was later asked to add the personalization.