Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Green to donate record-breaking stick
WASHINGTON -- Mike Green has changed his mind. The Hockey Hall of Fame can have his record-breaking stick.
The Washington Capitals' budding star said Wednesday he will donate to the Hall of Fame the stick that served him so well during his eight-game goal-scoring streak, the longest by a defenseman in NHL history. Green had been reluctant to part with the stick, calling the blue and black Easton Stealth with white tape on the handle the best one he's ever used. It accounted for all 10 goals during his spree, including the record-breaker in the second period of Saturday night's 5-1 win over Tampa Bay.
"The right thing to do is give it to the Hall of Fame," Green said after Wednesday night's game against the Montreal Canadiens. "It's better that it goes to the Hall of Fame than in my garage and I lose it, so I sent it off."
The Hall of Fame asked for the stick shortly after the record-setting game, but Green said no. He instead contemplated donating something else from the game -- perhaps his gloves -- so that he could hold on to the stick.
The stick had an unusually long NHL life. Green said his sticks often break after five or six games, but this one lasted about 10 games. He also used it when he went scoreless in Sunday's victory over the Florida Panthers, the game that ended the streak.
"You can only be superstitious for so long," he said.
Green has 22 goals on the season, leading all NHL defenseman.