Reuters - Thu, 11 Mar 12:53:00 2010
An Olympic mystery was solved 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 Feb. 28.
The disappearance prompted speculation the valuable items might have been stolen and the stick's maker, Reebok, posted a C$10,000 ($9,750) reward for its recovery.
However, officials mistakenly put the stick in a shipment of equipment being sent to the International Ice Hockey Federation without realising it was the game-winner, said Hockey Canada.
The IIHF helped retrieve the stick, which Crosby identified through a photograph, while Crosby's Olympic teammate Patrice Bergeron recovered the missing glove, which arena workers accidentally put in his equipment bag after the gold medal game.
The missing equipment will be returned to Crosby, but is expected to eventually be put on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.