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
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)
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(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.
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