GATINEAU, Que. . - An expression of joy beams from Mark Presleys face as he imagines William Moffatt playing hockey on a small Cape Breton lake almost 200 years ago.Young Moffatt, nicknamed Dilly and born in 1829, is believed to have been the original owner of what the Canadian Museum of History says is the worlds oldest known hockey stick.The son of Loyalist shipbuilders who settled on the shores of Pottle Lake, Dilly would have been less than 10 years old when the hockey stick was fashioned for him from a single tree branch.He took ownership of the short-handled puck slapper by carving his initials into its long blade.Now, the stick sits in a protective case, awaiting its public unveiling when the Canadian Museum of Civilization is officially re-opened as the Museum of History on Canada Day, 2017.Presley was fascinated by the stick when he found it in a North Sydney barber shop in 2008 — so much so that he paid $1,000 for it.In terms of historical significance, its just scintillating stuff, Presley said as he and the museum showed off the artifact on Friday.Its really exciting.Over time, with the help of experts at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., it was determined the tree branch was cut in Cape Breton in the mid-to-late 1830s.Through its donor-supported National Collection Fund, the museum recently purchased the stick from Presley for $300,000.Worth every penny, said Mark ONeill, museum president and CEO.Hockey is Canadas game, said ONeill.We developed it and we cherish it like no other country in the world.The Moffatt family held onto the stick until it was given to the barber shop in the early 1980s, where it sat on display until Presley bought it.Presley then went on a quest, passionately researching the sticks history, its age and the multi-generational story behind it.Charlie Moffatt, then 92 years old, told Presley how his grandfather played hockey on Pottle Lake as a boy.Over the last few years, the stick has undergone numerous scientific analyses, said museum historian Jennifer Anderson.It is the earliest known hockey stick, or hurley stick, that we have yet to identify, she said.But young Dilly wasnt playing hockey alone, she added.So we may yet come across others, she said.(But) this is the oldest one known to anyone . . . by about 25 or 30 years.Until the age of the Moffatt stick was determined, the oldest-known was the so-called Rutherford hockey stick.Shaped by Alexander Rutherford around 1852, it sold on eBay in 2001 for $2.2 million. . -- Michigan coach John Beilein is willing to give Nik Stauskas a little leeway when it comes to shot selection. . Kalish got his first hit since Sept. 11, 2012, when he rapped an RBI triple in the first inning Sunday in the Chicago Cubs 8-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. MIAMI -- The flop is having an impact on the playoffs, and its being caught much more than it was in the regular season. Miami guard Dwyane Wade became the latest recipient of a post-season flopping fine Monday when the NBA ordered him to give up $5,000 after a review showed he over-exaggerated a foul during Game 2 of the finals that was charged to San Antonios Manu Ginobili. And theres an ironic twist -- Ginobili is often considered a master flopper, but he wasnt even warned once about it this season. "He took a swipe and he hit me," Wade said Monday, before the fine was announced. "It was a late call by the ref, but he called it." The league saw it a little differently. It was the fifth flopping violation of the playoffs, which works out to one in every 17.2 games. The NBA said 35 flops were caught in the regular season, or one in every 35.1 games. Players are not fined in the regular season until their second flop of the year; in the playoffs, every flop is a fine. "Flopping," Miami guard Shane Battier once said, "is a silent killer." Well, unless it works. Wade drew the foul against Ginobili with 4:09 left in the second quarter on Sunday night. Ginobili, who took a big swipe at the ball about 35 feet from the basket, wound up going to the bench with his third foul of the half. Wade went to the line and made the two resulting free throws, since Miami was already in the bonus. The Heat wound up winning by two points. "I saw Manu coming out of the corner of my eye to try to steal it so my only thing was to make sure that he didnt steal it," Wade said. "He swiped and he wound up hitting me and the ref called a foul. We move on." The Heat-Spurs matchup is tied 1-1, with Game 3 in Miami on Tuesday night. Some of the flops in the playyoffs have been almost circuslike acting jobs, including a pair by Indiana guard Lance Stephenson -- the official leaguewide leader in flopping this season with two violations in the regular season and two more in the post-season. . . Hes had to pay $20,000 for those flops, or basically about 2 per cent of his seasons salary. For Wade, whos made nearly $19 million in salary this season, the $5,000 was mere pocket change. And situations like that were pointed out last year by now-retired NBA Commissioner David Stern, who said the small fine "isnt enough. Youre not going to cause somebody to stop it for $5,000 when the average players salary is $5.5 million." Stern added then that anyone who thought the fine would stop the flop is allowing "hope to prevail over reason." So it would be no surprise if tougher flopping penalties were at least discussed when the NBAs competition committee when that group meets this summer. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said hes not surprised that the rate goes up in the playoffs, saying Monday that it could be as simple a reason as "more people in the league office watching each possession." Besides Stephenson and Wade, the other post-season flop fines have been assessed to Indianas Roy Hibbert and the Spurs Tiago Splitter. All of those flops were cited in the conference-final round or later. Indianas season ended with a third straight playoff loss to the Heat. And not surprisingly, it wouldnt seem like the Pacers are rooting for their conference member this time of year -- a media relations official from East finalists tweeted shortly after the Wade-Ginobili play Sunday that the Heat guard deserved a flopping fine and even made what seemed like a lighthearted plea to the league: "Cmon NBA, do it for Lance." ' ' '