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Friday, January 7, 2005

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Hockey phenom Sidney Crosby will get his jersey back -- just not the one that disappeared during his trip home from the World Junior Hockey Championship.


Hockey Canada decided Friday to pull a white jersey he wore in the recent tournament off an online charity auction and give it back to the 17-year-old junior hockey star after his red jersey was apparently stolen on the trip back from North Dakota this week.


The jersey Sidney Crosby, left, wore in Canada's gold medal game went missing after the flight home.
The white jersey, worn in wins over Sweden and Finland, had a bid of $20,000 on it before Hockey Canada removed it from auction so Crosby could get at least one jersey back from the tournament won by Canada.


But the whereabouts of the red sweater, which Crosby wore the rest of the tournament including Tuesday night's gold medal game, remained a mystery Friday.


''He was really sad when I spoke to him,'' Crosby's agent Pat Brisson said Friday from Los Angeles.


The Canadian players wore two jerseys at the tournament. The white ones went to the charity auction while the players were allowed to keep the red ones.


Air Canada launched an internal investigation after Crosby arrived back to Mont-Joli, Que., on Wednesday to rejoin the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Rimouski Oceanic, discovering that his red No. 9 jersey was missing from his equipment bag.


''Mr. Crosby indicated to us that the jersey was missing and we took immediate steps to retrace his steps while he was on Air Canada,'' Laura Cooke, a spokeswoman for Air Canada in Toronto, said Friday.


''We fully recognize the importance of the jersey and how special it is for him,'' added Cooke. ''The issue for us right now is that at this point we have no indication to suggest the jersey was lost while under our care. But regardless of that point, we're doing everything possible to try and locate the jersey.''


Crosby put the red jersey in his hockey bag when the team left North Dakota by bus for Winnipeg from where the players flew home.


''That's why we're working with Hockey Canada on this investigation because of that portion of the trip,'' Cooke said.


Crosby flew from Winnipeg to Montreal and then to Mont-Joli on Wednesday.


A reward for information leading to the return of the jersey has been offered.


''We're hoping that the person that has found, or stolen, the red jersey will bring it back,'' said Brisson. ''If anyone gives us a lead on finding the jersey, they'll get rewarded.


''And if we get the red jersey back, Sidney would then give the white jersey back and it could go back on eBay.''


Team Canada game-worn jerseys, gloves and helmets from the world junior hockey championship, as well as other items, are up for bid on eBay Canada and www.hockeycanada.ca, with proceeds from the auction going to both the Canadian Hockey Foundation and south Asian tsunami relief efforts.


Hockey Canada had originally planned to split the net proceeds from the auction with 25 percent going to the South Asian relief fund and 75 percent to the Canadian Hockey Foundation, but will now provide each organization with an even 50-50 split of net proceeds.


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Montreal police arrest man in disappearance of Sidney Crosby jersey

Canadian Press


Thursday, January 13, 2005



Sidney Crosby's jersey may have disappeared at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport, police said Wednesday.(CP PICTURE ARCHIVE/Ryan Remiorz)


MONTREAL (CP) - Sidney Crosby will get his Team Canada sweater back after all.


Montreal police announced Wednesday the arrest of a man in connection with Crosby's missing jersey and were ready to turn the sweater over to the 17-year-old hockey star. Police spokesman Steve Morissette said the sweater was to be turned over to one of Crosby's associates at a Montreal detention centre. Crosby's agent Pat Brisson said that the jersey would be delivered to Crosby in Halifax either late Wednesday or sometime Thursday.


Morissette said a 48-year-old man from Laval, Que., was arrested and was to appear in court at a later date on a charge of theft of an item worth more than $5,000.


"We confirm that the investigation is over," said Morissette.


Crosby wept when he discovered the jersey was missing from his equipment bag on his return from the tournament in Grand Forks, N.D., last Wednesday.


He had flown to Mont-Joli, Que., via Montreal, to rejoin the Rimouski Oceanic after helping Canada win the tournament for the first time in eight years.


A week-long hunt for the prized piece of hockey memorabilia ended Monday in Lachute, Que., 60 kilometres northwest of Montreal, where a Canada Post worker found it during a routine emptying of mailboxes.


Jean-Marc Saucier said he found the sweater and a newspaper clipping about its disappearance in a plastic grocery bag sitting atop the mail.


The 28-year Canada Post employee believed right away it was the missing red No. 9 jersey Crosby wore in Canada's 6-1 win over Russia in the gold medal game.


"It was obviously his sweater," the 52-year-old said in an interview Wednesday. "It had Crosby in big letters and on the other side were all the logos and everything.


"I'm just happy to find it. I knew it was Sidney Crosby's. I was quite upset that he had lost it. That kid's going to be really happy."


The next step was to verify that it was the real Crosby jersey. Hockey Canada officials and Brisson were optimistic it was the real thing.


"We're pretty guaranteed that it is," said Brisson. "Sidney was delighted, but he said he won't believe it until he actually sees it and has it in his hands"


The newspaper clipping had a phone number for Hockey Canada, which Saucier called to report the find. Montreal police then took possession of the jersey.


Police said the jersey may have disappeared at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport.


"It's possible the sweater was stolen while Mr. Crosby was in transit," said Const. Laurent Gingras.


Montreal police called Hockey Canada officials on Monday night to ask for help in determining whether it was Crosby's sweater.


Denis Hainault, men's high performance director for Hockey Canada, provided police with details to help identify the shirt - which has features not available on store-bought versions.


"We are ecstatic that we might have Sidney's jersey back," Hainault said.


When the jersey went missing, Hockey Canada pulled another game-worn Crosby jersey, a white one, off EBay, where team memorabilia was being auctioned for charity. Crosby's sweater had drawn a bid of $20,000.


The white jersey was being held by Hockey Canada in Calgary until it was determined the red one was real.


Crosby, of Cole Harbour, N.S., is a dynamic playmaker and scorer who is expected to be selected first overall if the NHL resumes play and a draft is held in June.


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yep i saw it on the news tonight...



i say just leave the dood alone he returnred it.
 
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