After retiring from the club, Tuele then donated this hat to my colleague’s mother who happened to be a close friend of the Tuele family. She had no use for this piece of Oilers history, and thus the hat, is now in my possession.
While I have no evidence to say that my cherished hat was drenched by champagne on that fateful day of May 26th, 1988. I do, however make the immediate connection that this hat signifies Gretzky’s 4th and final Stanley Cup.
I hope to one day have Mr. Gretzky sign this for me. Until then, it will sit on top of my shelf, clean and without a single ounce of ink, waiting for his signature.