Kings Recover Winning Puck
Key part of team history turns up in Devil's bag
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2012 2:50 AM CDT
New Jersey Devils center Patrik Elias autographs jerseys for charity at the Prudential Center in Newark as the team packs up for the year.    (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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(Newser) – Los Angeles Kings fans can rest easy: The case of the missing puck has been solved. The winning puck from the team's first-ever Stanley Cup triumph has turned up in the equipment bag of New Jersey Devil Patrik Elias, who told reporters earlier this week that he was pretty sure he didn't have it, but would check again, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"It’s like a lot of traditions, and it became one of them that the puck has gone to the winning team,” Kings President Dean Lombardi says. Elias "called me and said he wanted to make sure it got to its rightful owners. He was a real class act." The team, he says, is showing its appreciation by making a donation to UNICEF, the charity Elias is deeply involved with.