UPDATE: So Our Missing Puck Story Continues to Get (Inter)National Attention

Kyle Scott —  April 30, 2011 — 4 Comments

Michael_leighton_puckSource: AP, Mel Evans

It seems we may have helped contribute to NHL linesman Steve Miller's removal from playoff duty. Our video, which was posted at the end of January, featured clips taken from YouTube showing Miller as the person who picked up Patrick Kane's Stanley Cup winning puck.

Our motive was simple: When a Chicago bar, Harry Caray's Restaurant, offered a $50,000 reward for the missing puck, we thought we would clear Chris Pronger as the "suspect" (again, it's a puck). In doing so, we found videos which seemed to show Miller as the one who picked it up. Last week, Wayne Drehs of ESPN.com cited our video in a lengthy Outside the Lines piece about the puck. Last night, Bob McKenzie of TSN, who also cited our video along with the ESPN article, wrote about how Miller has been taken off active duty for the playoffs:

"We do not know where the (missing) puck is and Steve says he does not know where the puck is," NHL spokesman Gary Meagher told TSN. "We 100 per cent believe Steve and we fully stand behind him. But in the best interests of the league, and Steve, we felt the best course of action for everyone was to take him off his assignments at this time."

 

Oops.

In making the video, my intent was never to get anyone in trouble. It was simply to find out if Pronger had the puck. It kind of took on a life of its own after that. It was fairly obvious – and has been confirmed by the FBI with "100% certainty" – that Miller picked up the puck. Miller, however, denies ever seeing it. You can read all about it here, if you haven't already.

Carry on.

UPDATE 1: Steve Miller has been re-assigned to the playoffs.

UPDATE 2: Last night CBC released video which CLEARLY shows Miller picking up the puck, yet Miller denies ever seeing it. Odd. Here's the video- around the three minute mark.

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4 responses to UPDATE: So Our Missing Puck Story Continues to Get (Inter)National Attention

  1. What i dont get is for everyone shitting their pants about this puck and all these rumors about the FBI getting involved, it seems as if you were the only one to actually do any video investigation.

  2. The FBI is involved, but they are simply helping HC’s owner verify that the puck he receives is the actual one

  3. In case you didn’t hear/see CBC Hockey’s Night in Canada played a clip they hadn’t played before. Miller clearly, obviously, picks up and pockets the puck. Right there in HD.

  4. TP: reading compreehenshun fail!
    We know now he took the puck but he says he didn’t keep it and doesn’t know what happened to it after he put it down somewhere in the arena off the ice in the midst of the “postgame euphoria” (Puck Daddy): http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/NHL-benches-linesman-accused-of-stealing-Chica?urn=nhl-wp3843
    It seems that the NHL took him out of playoff duty because they had doubts about him being fourth coming about the whole incident.
    It’s too bad they reinstated him. One has to wonder if there was an officiating inflewance last year, given that the game winning puck for a team that hasn’t won The Cup in 49 years is worth mucher morer than the game winning puck for a team that hasn’t won The Cup in 35 years. Given the way the officials are stinking it up this year, one has to wonder if they’re up to the same shenanigans.

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