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The first ever Stanley Cup for the Chicago Black Hawks!1934 Harold "Mush" March Game Used Stick Attributed to Stanley Cup Game-Winning Goal and Signed by Chicago Black Hawks Team. His National Hockey League career spanned seventeen seasons, all in the uniform of the Chicago Black Hawks, but he's best remembered for a single instant of that long term of service, which came in the fourth game of the 1934 Stanley Cup Finals against the mighty Detroit Red Wings. At this time in hockey history, the Finals were a best-of-five affair, and the Black Hawks had claimed the first two contests before the Red Wings delayed their celebration with a decisive five to two victory in Game Three. But after the two teams had combined for an average five goals per game in the first three meetings, the third period of Game Four ended in a scoreless tie. An overtime period likewise failed to deliver a finale.
But then, ten minutes into the second overtime, history was made. "Well on that goal that won the series, they had a face-off," March recounted. "I shot it and it went through Cude's legs (Wilf Cude, the Detroit goaler who later starred with the Montreal Canadiens) and into the net. I didn't realize it at the second, you know, that we'd won the Stanley Cup, but it was great. I rushed in and got the puck and then the fellows grabbed me and wheeled me on their shoulders all the way around the rink. It was nice to see my name on it for the first time. It's always nice to be a Champion."
Presented is the stick purported to be the one that recorded the goal that was both the first sudden death-Stanley Cup winner, and the first NHL Championship in Black Hawks franchise history. It's the proper "Lovell Hand Made Special" model favored by March, with his distinctive lower handle ring of tape seen in period photography. Blade tape remains firmly in place as well. The following season, the stick was presented for signing to twenty members of the defending World Champions, eighteen of whom we have identified below:
Marty Burke, Tommy Cook, Bill Kendall, Louie Trudel, Art Coulter, Art Wiebe, Norm Locking, Doc Romnes, Mush March, Alex Levinsky, Lorne Chabot, Lolo Couture, Johnny Gottselig, Paul Thompson, Donnie McFadyen, Eddie Froelich, Packy Schwartz and the legendary Howie Morenz, in his first season with Chicago. A vintage coating of varnish has preserved the black fountain pen signatures at an average strength of 7/10.
The stick comes to us with a detailed letter of provenance from the consignor, who received in in 1949 or 1950 from the grandfather of a girl he was dating. That elder gentleman had been a friend of March in the Logan Square area of Chicago, where March spent a great deal of time, and reported the tale of the stick's important history. Acquired at the same time, and present within this lot, are a 1933-34 paper team premium (VG) and a mounted newspaper clipping picturing the historic game-winner. Letter of provenance from consignor. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. LOA from John Balawejder/Double Deke Hockey
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2016 May 12 - 14 Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction - Dallas