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.