FBI Hunts Missing Stanley Cup Puck

Patrick Kane's 2010 game-winner is nowhere to be found

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 30, 2011 7:50 AM CST

(Newser) – The FBI gets called in to investigate some serious stuff—terrorism, drug trafficking, espionage. And now, the search for a hockey puck. Not just any hockey puck, but the six ounces of elusive rubber that Patrick Kane slipped in the back of the net to give the Chicago Blackhawks an overtime win in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup finals. Kane raced off to celebrate, and the puck disappeared off into history, reports the Chicago Tribune.

The hunt for the puck began when a Chicago restaurateur wanted to showcase it for a hockey-themed restaurant. "It sounded like no one knew (what happened to it),'' says Grant DePorter. "It was a mystery." But when someone came forward, DePorter realized he had a bigger problem—how could he know if it was the real puck? So DePorter turned to the FBI for help. Using HD footage and a microscope to check the puck's nicks and cuts, they determined it wasn't the real puck, but the search goes on. "We feel we have enough in terms of visual evidence to include or exclude any future pucks,'' says an investigator.

Philadelphia Flyers' Scott Hartnell celebrates after scoring against Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi in the third period of Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup finals, Wednesday, June 9, 2010.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Patrick Kane handles the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Six of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Wachovia Center on June 9, 2010 in Philadelphia.   (Getty Images)
Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael Leighton looks for the puck after giving up the game-winning goal to Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane in overtime of Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane kisses the Stanley Cup during a parade to honor the 2010 Stanley Cup championship in Chicago, Friday, June 11, 2010   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael Leighton watches as a referee looks for the puck in the net during overtime in Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup finals Wednesday, June 9, 2010.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane hoists the Stanley Cup for the crowd during a rally in downtown Chicago, Friday, June 11, 2010, for the team's Stanley Cup championship win.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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