Jan 19, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT
No wait, there it is.
Much panic in the hockey world over the weekend when the Stanley Cup went missing; disappearing after a flight from New Jersey to Vancouver, BC. Mike Bolt, the legendary keeper of the Cup, went to retrieve the trophy from baggage claim in Vancouver, but it was nowhere to be found. Seems that the bag the Cup was in was mislabeled in New Jersey, taking a little solo vacation and winding up in Toronto (last NHL championship, 1967). Toronto residents: “What is this strange silver goblet? it seems to be an award of some kind! It’s odd shape and inscriptions are very confusing to us!”
Somewhat humorous bonus sentence, via Reuters: Bolt said the last time the 34.5-pound (15.5-kg), 36-inch tall trophy was misplaced under his watch was in 2003, when it missed a flight to Slovakia.
Mike Bolt, who travels with the Stanley Cup over 200 days a year, said he checked the unmarked case carrying the trophy at a New Jersey airport on Sunday, but when he landed in Vancouver was told by Air Canada that his package was in Toronto.
“I wasn’t expecting a problem since it’s such a simple flight with no connections,” Bolt, who has been traveling with the Stanley Cup for 10 years, told Reuters. “Anyway, they call me over and tell me the package is not there.”
Bolt said the case carrying the Stanley Cup was tagged with both Vancouver and Toronto airport codes, leading to the mix-up. It was returned to Bolt hours later, but not in time for its scheduled appearance at a Vancouver charity event.
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