Crosby’s gold-medal Olympic stick, glove found

The stick and glove Sidney Crosby used to give Canada its

Olympic gold medal are back where they belong.

Crosby’s missing gear was on its way to the Pittsburgh Penguins

star on Wednesday. Hockey Canada says the gear was misplaced rather

than stolen, with both items ending up in the wrong place in the

process of packing and shipping equipment after the Olympic

final.

The stick and glove got lost in the shuffle after the frenzy of

Crosby’s overtime goal for a 3-2 win against the United States at

the Vancouver Olympics on Feb. 28.

“I’m grateful to everyone who took the time and effort to get

my equipment back for me,” Crosby said the Penguins Web site.

“These items are irreplaceable and I’m happy to have them

back.”

Crosby’s stick was located in Toronto as part of a shipment

heading to the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in

St. Petersburg, Russia. The stick was being sent to the IIHF in the

mistaken belief that it was not the game stick.

The IIHF helped locate the stick and provided photographs to

Crosby, who confirmed that it was the one he used to score on U.S.

goalie Ryan Miller.

The missing glove was discovered by Team Canada teammate Patrice

Bergeron. The players sat beside each other in the dressing room

and one of Crosby’s gloves was inadvertently placed in the Boston

Bruin player’s equipment bag.

Hockey Canada executive Scott Salmond led the search for the

equipment.

“With everyone’s co-operation, we were able to locate these

items and are pleased to be able to return the stick and glove to

its rightful owner,” Salmond said.

Hockey Canada said the items were en route to Crosby. There was

no immediate word on his plans for the equipment.

After the gear went missing, an investigation was launched and

Reebok put up a $10,000 reward for the stick.

“I told Patrice that we should split it,” Salmond said,

joking.

Reebok issued a brief statement saying “details of the reward

distribution” will be announced Thursday.

This isn’t the first time some of Crosby’s gear has

vanished.

In 2005, his jersey went missing after Canada’s gold medal win

over Russia at the world junior hockey championship in Grand Forks,

N.D.

It was found in a mailbox outside a post office in Lachute,

Quebec.

Also Wednesday, Crosby announced he was donating the $20,000

Olympic medal bonus to his foundation, which provides financial

help to local charities in Nova Scotia.

Bell Canada is matching Crosby’s donation.