Golden puck going to Hall
By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency
VANCOUVER -- One of the most famous pucks in hockey history is going to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
Sidney Crosby ignited a Canada-wide celebration when he scored the Olympic gold medal-winning goal against the United States in overtime on Feb. 28 at GM Place.
The puck was retrieved and kept at the International Ice Hockey Federation headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.
It will be displayed in the same hockey shrine in downtown Toronto that houses some of the game's greatest treasures, from the original Stanley Cup to the lucky loonie from the Salt Lake 2002 Olympics.
"The big thing about the puck is to make sure that what happens to it is it does the most good it possibly can, it must end up in a place where Canadians can celebrate and that can't just be one place," VANOC CEO John Furlong said Monday. "Wherever it ends up, wherever its starting point is, it will have other places it will be able to go to as well."
Revenue-hungry VANOC is offering four other pucks that were used during the most-watched overtime in hockey history for auction on eBay.
Though it's standard for a puck or ball in professional and college sports to end up in the hands of the scorer or the fan who catches it, it's different in international sports. The tournament organizing committee and sport federation have control.
FIFA distributes all 15 of its match balls at World Cups to pre-selected recipients, including the referee, general coordinator, sponsors and the FIFA archive. Bench staff for the Beijing 2008 gold medal-winning U.S. men's basketball team lost a shoving match with a Beijing Olympic committee worker over the final game ball.