The Federal Bureau of Investigation has offered to help a Chicago businessman find the missing 2010 Stanley Cup-winning puck, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The prized puck has been missing since Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane slipped it into the Philadelphia Flyers’ net to give Chicago its first NHL championship in 49 years on Jun. 9, 2010.
None of the players on the ice kept track of it. Even curators from the Hockey Hall of Fame couldn’t find it.
The FBI got involved after Grant DePorter, CEO of Harry Caray’s, a restaurant chain named after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Cubs baseball broadcaster, offered a $50,000 reward for the rubber disc.
"All we're doing is helping," said Chicago FBI spokesman Ross Rice. "The people who are doing this are doing it on their own time. They feel they are a part of history."
A man came forward in July, claiming he had the puck. FBI forensics experts went to work, studying high-definition footage from the game to see if the man’s disc was the real McCoy.
"Hockey is a very fast game and to freeze a frame and get a usable image takes specialized equipment that we have," Rice said.
After examining images of the real puck, it was determined the one turned over to DePorter was a fake.
DePorter has not been discouraged. The money for the authentic puck is still on the board, and the FBI has offered to help again if another one surfaces.
"We feel we have enough in terms of visual evidence to include or exclude any future pucks," Rice said.