The permanent home of perhaps the most famous six ounces of hard rubber in hockey history – the puck with which Canada’s Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal on Team USA during the overtime period of the Olympic gold medal game – will go to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
The announcement was made Tuesday.
The famous puck has been delivered by the International Ice Hockey Federation to the HHOF, where it will be put onto public display as soon as possible.
The Vancouver Organizing Committee also confirmed that four pucks used in the overtime period and collected for VANOC by on-ice officials have been added to the selection of sport memorabilia now available through public auction at vancouver2010/auction
All of the pucks feature the Olympic rings in white and Vancouver 2010’s distinctive blue and green Look of the Games.
“I am happy to see that the puck is going to the hockey hall of fame,” said Sidney Crosby. “I feel very lucky to have been part of that team and that game as well and I am glad hockey fans will get the chance to share the moment by seeing things like the overtime winning puck up close.”
The game winning puck was retrieved through joint efforts by the IIHF, VANOC and the HHOF to locate it following the game. In the celebrations and tumult of media attention and post-game activities, various officials who had possession of the puck could not immediately identify the appropriate person to hand it off to and so safeguarded it until it could be handed over directly to the IIHF last week.
“What an incredible hockey tournament in Vancouver capped off with a gold medal game that will never be forgotten,” said IIHF president René Fasel.
“The moment of the winning goal from the men’s gold medal game at the Vancouver 2010 Games is burned into the memory of Canadians – and all hockey fans – forever,” said John Furlong. “This puck and the teams that fought hard to score with it in overtime represent some of the most exciting moments of the 2010 Games.”
“The gold medal winning puck is a treasure that will attract so many hockey fans to the Hall and we’re extremely happy that it’s on its way here,” said Phil Pritchard,” Curator of the Hockey Hall of Fame. “Thanks to the IIHF and to VANOC for making this happen and we look forward to getting the puck and making arrangements for it to take its rightful place with the other memorabilia that represent great moments in hockey history.”
VANOC put into place a process whereby at any stoppage of play in the gold medal hockey game linesmen swapped out the puck in play for a new one and the game pucks were collected and marked for the period in which they were played.
Pucks collected in the game warm up and first three periods of the gold medal game have already sold at auction for between $3500 – $5900, with warm up pucks selling for up to $700.
The four pucks used during the overtime period of the gold medal game have been added to the online auction at vancouver2010/auction. and are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Bidding runs until late next week. Top bid has already surpassed $2200.