Only one person inside Wachovia Center saw Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane's(notes) shot beat goaltender Michael Leighton(notes) of the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime of Game 6. That person was Patrick Kane.
Kane's shot got stuck in the back corner of the net and delayed the Stanley Cup-clinching celebration (outside of Kane's) for a few moments as the referees figured things out. That was the last time that hockey puck has been seen publicly.
In an effort to track down one of the biggest mementos in Blackhawks franchise history, the Harry Caray Restaurant Group announced that it will pay $50,000 for the authenticated puck that ended Chicago's Cup drought of 49 years.
This follows the $10,000 bounty placed by Reebok for the glove and stick of Sidney Crosby(notes) that he used when he scored the gold medal-winning goal for Team Canada at the Vancouver Olympics. It turned out that Crosby's gear was "misplaced" during the packing and shipping process.
This isn't the first time that HCRG president Grant DePorter is looking to buy a historical piece of Chicago sports memorabilia. In 2004, he helped purchase for over $113,000 the infamous ball that Cubs fan Steve Bartman interfered with during the 2003 National League Championship Series. During an event at the restaurant four months later, the ball was destroyed in hopes of shaking the bad mojo around the club.
The Cubs have yet to win a playoff game since.
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- Patrick Kane