Hockey stick missing for 39 years resurfaces in Michigan

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (AP) — A hockey stick used by a 1980 Team USA hockey player from Michigan has resurfaced nearly four decades after it disappeared.

The Macomb Daily reports the stick belonged to Mark Wells who won an Olympic gold medal. He gave the stick to the St. Clair Shores Civic Arena that year, the last time it was seen.

Mayor Kip Walby announced this month that the stick had been returned. He declined to give details.

He says he’s happy to have it back and he plans to display it at the Civic Arena as was intended 39 years ago.

Each team member received a stick autographed by the players and coach. The team defeated the Soviet Union’s national team.

Wells played 29 games for Team USA, scoring 9 goals and 7 assists.