Belfour fan saves puck

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:17 AM ET

Todd Bargman doesn't care if he's out $100 US, he was able to rescue a milestone puck for Ed Belfour.

The Maple Leafs goalie had just recorded his 447th career victory, tying Terry Sawchuk with a 2-1 over the Florida Panthers on Monday, but before any Leafs could retrieve the puck, one of the officials tossed it over the glass to a couple of fans.

Enter Bargman, a retired minor-league baseball player, who knew Belfour growing up in Winnipeg and was at the BankAtlantic Center for the game. Realizing the significance of the puck, Bargman raced over a few seats to the young European tourists who caught it and offered them $100.

"My cousin Brad and I came up with the money in a flash and they didn't hesitate giving it up," said Bargman, a 38-year-old steel broker who was vacationing with Brad and fellow Torontonian Glenn Stern. "I used to play for the Maple Leafs of the Intercounty League and I've stayed in touch with Ed. He once got an autograph for a family member and he's a great guy, so I wanted to get him the puck. I told him he didn't have to pay me back.

"The funny thing was that we changed seats during the game and moved up or we wouldn't have been anywhere near where the puck went over."

But it wasn't easy trying to deliver the puck to Belfour after the game. Security kicked the group out, efforts to contact him failed and the Leafs were almost all on the team bus when Belfour recognized Bargman in the crowd.

"It was funny to see the look on his face when I handed him the puck," Bargman said. "He wondered where I'd got it. But if I hadn't, it might be on eBay right now."


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