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Patrik Elias… Stanley Cup puck thief?

Jun 19, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT

Over the weekend we shared with you the story about how the Los Angeles Kings lost track of where their Stanley Cup-winning puck was. All we could see on video was Jordan Nolan skating in the same general area as the puck when the final horn sounded and then… Nothing.

Rich Hammond of L.A. Kings Insider has been dogged on the case and he’s got a puck stealing suspect in Devils forward Patrik Elias. Hammond explains the situation.

The following video of the last two minutes of the game, and the ensuing celebration, clearly shows New Jersey’s Patrik Elias flip the puck into his glove and then skate off the ice. After it goes into Elias’ glove, it’s not seen again. Elias goes to the Devils’ bench, then returns to the ice after a few moments for the handshake line.

Here’s the video in question Hammond speaks of. It’s a bit lengthy, so just skip to the closing seconds of the game to do your own Zapruder-film-like examination.

Hammond wonders if Elias would actually be so petty by keeping the puck. Taking the game puck was never a big deal to Chris Pronger back in 2010 so perhaps this is something the players just don’t give a crap about while fans go nuts over it. Besides, the Kings won the Stanley Cup, if Elias wants to keep the puck as some sort of moral victory, let ‘em have it.

  1. scionofflame - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    I’ve watched the video and he definitely takes it and goes with it back to the bench. Is it a big deal? …Maybe? It is the first Stanley Cup win ever for the Kings. I think that even if they get the Cup, another commemorative item never hurts.

    I did notice Elias talks to Brodeur after he grabs the puck while they skate back to the bench. Wonder if he got it for Marty as a puck from his potential last Stanley Cup Finals appearance?

    (Note, I don’t want him to retire and I have faith in Marty’s abilities. :P Just making guesses.)

    • wisbadgers - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      Who really cares? It’s not like the Kings have broken ground on a LA Kings Hall of Fame. The reality of it is that the puck would sit in someone’s office collecting dust as a paperweight.
      The Kings won the Cup, that’s what really matters.

  2. stakex - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Yeah theres little doubt that he takes the puck.

    While its not a big deal really, and I doubt the Kings care very much…. it does show a level of immaturity on Elias’s part. It would be one thing if it wasn’t the final game of the series, and he did it to play mind games with the Kings for their upcoming games. Taking a teams cup winning puck though? What are you accomplishing other then being a sore loser?

    • ron05342 - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      Yeah, it is a punk move, but as a Kings’ fan, don’t really give a ****. Winning the Cup is all that matters.

      • martysbetter - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:13 AM

        Patrik Elias has won 2 Stanley Cups and has been regarded as the consummate professional on and off the ice throughout his entire career. I highly doubt he took the puck as a petty slight against the Kings – get over it.

    • devlnri - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      The home team provides the pucks, and there are how many used in a game?

  3. sjsharks66 - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Seriously? Who cares, the kings won the cup. That’s more important than a puck rite?

  4. govtminion - Jun 19, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    The reasoning is obvious. He’s holding it hostage, and will only give it back to the Kings if they agree to a massive contract with him.

    Right?

    Nah, kidding aside, I’d have a lot of trouble believing that a class act like Elias would pull something that petty and childish. If he did take it off the ice, he had a good reason beyond ‘this will be funny’ or something like that.

  5. bbk1000 - Jun 19, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    First the finals appearance from the Rangers and then the puck from the Kings, all the while deserving neither, oh well, there’s always next year.

  6. cardsandbluesforever - Jun 19, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    what i saw there was no less childish than a kings fan taking out ads in a new jersey newspaper to gloat….. just sayin..

  7. stever451 - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    thieves sorry hockey player once a new jerski always a new jerkski

  8. stever451 - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    we will keep the cup until suter retires so new jerkski can play in jerkski swhores

  9. bobhpine - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    oh snap. Where is the puck from the 09 Pens Cup win????!!!?!?!

    I forgot that I cared until I realized that Elias….

    Wait…

    No…I dont care…at all

    And no one in LA cares either…

    But the “people” in Philly care that richards and carter rocks rings…HA

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