Henderson hopeful for '72 puck

, Last Updated: 10:21 AM ET

As Paul Henderson slowly ran his fingers over Sidney Crosby's gold-medal winning puck, he spoke confidently it will soon be displayed side-by-side at the Hockey Hall Of Fame with own historic disc from 1972.

The '72 puck, which was squirrelled away by teammate Pat (Whitey) Stapleton after Henderson's goal beat the Russians in Game 8 of the Summit Series in Moscow, has taken on almost mythical status since its disappearance right after Team Canada's return home.

Watching the first group of visiting kids at the Hall fondle Crosby's puck, which went on limited display Wednesday, Henderson and his '72 linemate Ron Ellis said a resolution with Stapleton is at hand. Stapleton has teased the curious for years that the puck is hidden in his barn near Strathroy, Ont.

"We've been trying to get Whitey to give it up for years, but that's his notoriety," Henderson said with a laugh.

"At this stage, he hasn't done it. I think some day when the old goat kicks the bucket they probably will put it in, but I have no control over that. When we're long gone, it will probably be here."

Ellis, who is the Hall of Fame's public affairs director, said the value of such souvenirs as the Crosby and Henderson pucks was "priceless".

"A good comparison would be Paul's sweater (which Henderson is now trying to rescue from an Internet auction), worth well over $200,000," Ellis said. "It depends on the collector, but for the right person that puck would have tremendous value."

Ellis says Stapleton is not seeking money from the Hall for the puck, which is plain black unlike Crosby's with its distinct Olympic Games logo.

It might get in the Hall of Fame sooner than the earlier guess of autumn 2012, when Team Canada plans a 40-year reunion.

"Pat has indicated that this is where it should be." Ellis said. "We hope to have it here shortly and it would be wonderful to have both pucks together.

"Bill Hay (the Hall's chairman of the board) was one of his teammates in Chicago and he's chatting with him as well. Patty's quite a character. We're just giving him a little time to make his decision."


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