Harry Caray's, the famous Chicago restaurant, is offering $50,000 for a puck that shot off the stick of Patrick Kane, winning the game for the Blackhawk's in the 2010 final. Where is the puck? It hasn't been seen since it went in the Flyer's net.
The score was tied 3-3 and the game had begun the first overtime when after a series of plays and passes Patrick Kane got his stick on the puck and with a little juke and jive step he sent the puck towards the goal just barely getting it under and past the Philadelphia goalkeeper to end the game. Chicago won their first Stanley Cup final championship win since 1961.
When Kane and his teammates began to celebrate the officials scrambled to find the disappearing puck. It had went into the net just barely wedging itself under the frame and out of sight of both the officials and many of the players. After a few minutes it was found and now Harry Caray's wants to find it again and add it to their collection of sports memorabilia at their flagship Italian Steakhouse and Bar located in downtown Chicago.
Harry Caray's is remembered from another sports memorabilia purchase and the subsequent destruction of a baseball made famous in the 2003 Cubs playoff loss to the Florida Marlins. The restaurant group paid $113.824.16 for a foul ball that was deflected out of the glove of Cubs outfielder Moises Alou by Cubs fan Steve Bartman. The incident cost the Cubs the game and death threats and blogs went up that were devoted to seeking revenge on Bartman for his deeds.
On February 26, 2004, Harry Caray’s Restaurant destroyed the infamous foul ball from that playoff loss to the Florida Marlins during the 6th Annual Worldwide Toast to Harry Caray, the late Hall of Fame baseball announcer.
The event was used as an opportunity to turn bad into good by bringing closure to one of the most agonizing losses in baseball history and getting ready for next year’s winning season; making sure the ball never wound up as a Florida Marlins trophy prize; raising over a million dollars for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in honor of Cubs legend Ron Santo through sponsorships, online donations and t-shirt sales. And it cleared Steve Bartman of responsibility for the Cubs’ loss – it is the consensus of fans that they all would have done the same thing.
If you want to see the Stanley Cup in person you can do so at the Lombard location of Harry Caray's on July 27th where it will be on display compliments of Lombard native Clint Reif. An NHL tradition that began in 1995 gives each member of The Stanley Cup championship team possession of the Cup for a day. Reif, a Lombard native, wants to share his day with the Village of Lombard.
In Reif's honor, Lombard Mayor Bill Mueller will declare July 27th, 2010 as Chicago Blackhawks and Clint Reif Day in the Village of Lombard. The proclamation presentation will begin at 12p at Harry Caray's followed by the Cup unveiling.
Harry Caray's would like to have the disappearing puck reappear in time for this big event and they have $50,000 to give the bearer of the small, but well known piece of Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup history.