Published March 10, 2010
VANCOUVER (Reuters) - An Olympic mystery was solved on Wednesday when officials said they had located the stick Sidney Crosby used to win the men's hockey gold medal for Canada at the Vancouver Games.
The stick, along with one of Crosby's gloves, disappeared during the chaotic on-ice celebrations following Canada's 3-2 overtime victory over the United States on February 28.
The disappearance prompted speculation the valuable items might have been stolen. The stick's maker, Reebok, had posted a C$10,000 ($9,750) reward for its recovery.
It now turns out that officials, who did not realize it was the game-winner, mistakenly put the stick in a shipment of equipment being sent to the International Ice Hockey Federation, Hockey Canada said.
The IIHF helped retrieve the stick, which Crosby identified through a photograph, Hockey Canada said.
Crosby's Olympic teammate Patrice Bergeron recovered the missing glove, which arena workers had accidentally put in his equipment bag after the gold medal game.
The missing equipment will be returned to Crosby, but it is expected to eventually be put on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
(Reporting Allan Dowd; editing by Rob Wilson)