Thanks to Patrik Elias, the mystery of the missing game puck from the end of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final has been solved.
A day after the Los Angeles Kings‘ 6-1 triumph over the New Jersey Devils, the Kings were still busy celebrating their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. But then in dawned on several players and Kings personnel that an important piece of history was stilling missing from that memorable night—the game puck.
Video of the waning moments of Game 6 shows Elias flipping the puck into his glove and then skating off the ice. He recalled picking the puck up and speaking with Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, but said that he must have left the puck on the bench. However, as it turns out, the puck managed to end up in Elias’ equipment bag. According to the Devils, Elias returned from vacation, went to the rink, checked his equipment bag found the puck and will be sending it to the Kings.
Needless to say, it was a classy move on Elias’ part, and the Kings are just relieved that they don’t have to keep paying search crews to scour every square inch of Staples Center to find an important piece of vulcanized rubber.
“It’s like a lot of traditions, and it became one of them that the puck has gone to the winning team,” Kings GM Dean Lombardi told the Los Angeles Times. “He called me and said he wanted to make sure it got to its rightful owners. He was a real class act.”