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June 9, 2011 9:59 AM   Subscribe

The search for the puck that scored the Stanley Cup winning goal last year (previously) finds new hard evidence that linesman Steve Miller picked it up. The hall of fame is calling for changes to ensure this doesn't happen again. And as two storied franchises fight for their first Cups in quit a while, Steve Miller is on the ice again, a linesman for games 1 and 3 of the finals so far.
posted by jermsplan (27 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
And he's still runnin' today.
posted by newmoistness at 10:00 AM on June 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


A-bracadabra, I wanna reach out and grab ya, you hockeypuck.
posted by box at 10:00 AM on June 9, 2011


My Dark Hour--Steve Miller banned.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:04 AM on June 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


Help me out here - are the pucks serial numbered or something? If "the puck" is produced, how will they know it's the puck from the winning goal?
posted by exogenous at 10:04 AM on June 9, 2011


As long as he doesn't try to rhyme "taxes" with "what the facts is" he's fine by me.
posted by tommasz at 10:06 AM on June 9, 2011 [3 favorites]


exogenous,

"If and when the puck surfaces, the agency is 'reasonably confident' it can authenticate the puck by microscopic testing, according to a spokesman."
posted by Blasdelb at 10:09 AM on June 9, 2011


Help me out here - are the pucks serial numbered or something? If "the puck" is produced, how will they know it's the puck from the winning goal?

The (very interesting) previously article said that there were around 3,900 "Game Six" pucks made and sold, but that agents from the FBI used HD broadcast images to create some sort of "fingerprint" that could be used to see if a particular puck has the correct wear patterns and whatnot.
posted by burnmp3s at 10:13 AM on June 9, 2011


This video does look as if it is catching Steve Miller in the act of committing a felony, though looking through the NHL rules it looks as if that is completely kosher for a lineman to do. Odd, maybe they should change that.
posted by Blasdelb at 10:17 AM on June 9, 2011


Just imagine how all of this could have been avoided if we were still using FoxTrax. It would have been easy to just follow the guy with glowing hand as he skated off the ice.
posted by jermsplan at 10:18 AM on June 9, 2011 [14 favorites]


I wonder what the odds are it was picked up by someone else and sold off to a private collector (not that it'd have any real value in a legit market being that it was swiped from the game). I'm kinda agreeing with those that feel a linesman with that much experience in the game wouldn't take a historical puck like that for granted. That coupled with denying he touched it initially, then saying he forgot what he did with it once the video evidence was brought forth a year later...just seems fishy for a person that is typically hired for attention to detail. For his sake, I hope it was just gross neglect rather than for personal benefit. I'm somewhat leaning towards either him or someone who watched the puck and grabbed it when it was set down being responsible for its whereabouts.
posted by samsara at 10:20 AM on June 9, 2011


Hmmm...he might be rich, or he might be gettin' busted.
posted by dry white toast at 10:22 AM on June 9, 2011


There appear to be no rules about ownership of game pucks. If he has it, it's his to do with what he wants.
My guess is that he'll admit to having it and put it up for sale the day after he retires...when he's no longer employed by the NHL.
posted by rocket88 at 10:23 AM on June 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


There sure are a lor of jokers in this thread.
posted by TedW at 10:30 AM on June 9, 2011


lot
posted by TedW at 10:31 AM on June 9, 2011


I guess we need someone to speak on the pompatus on puck.
posted by Billiken at 10:38 AM on June 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


I don't care THAT much about hockey, but my son does, we are from Chicago and watched the game and hugged when Kaner brought it home, and that's where my concern comes in.

Total frickin jerk. Caught dead to rights stealing the thing on camera, and maintains he doesnt remember. I betcha Rockett88 is right about selling it the second he retires, and given there is no number on it, I would bet he tries to sell three of them.

Owner of Harry Carray's is offering a $50,000 reward to see that puck returned to Chicago, so if that shitbag linesman want to retire early, its up to him.

Yup. Hatin.
posted by timsteil at 10:41 AM on June 9, 2011


If and when the puck surfaces, the agency is 'reasonably confident' it can authenticate the puck by microscopic testing, according to a spokesman.

"Soon," Bob Zemekis, CEO of PuckDNA, cried out. "Soon I will show them all! They called me mad, even for mad science school, but I will have my day and they all shall rue it! RUE IT!"

"That's nice, dear," Sue Zemekis replied, idly turning the page of her magazine.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 10:53 AM on June 9, 2011 [3 favorites]


mumble mumble the Jets should be called the Jets mumble mumble
posted by tapesonthefloor at 10:58 AM on June 9, 2011


This video does look as if it is catching Steve Miller in the act of committing a felony

It's a hockey puck.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:15 AM on June 9, 2011


Go on, take the puck and run...
posted by stenseng at 11:16 AM on June 9, 2011


I don't get the FBI involvement. The guys volunteering their time, sure, but the equipment usage and what seems to be an official spokesman? How does that work? (On reading the previously, never mind about the spokesman. My question still stands on bureau equipment use.)
posted by wending my way at 11:24 AM on June 9, 2011


I'm trying to figure out why this was a "mystery". That wasn't exactly a stealth move there. The area around him was empty, he was in full view of thousands of people, it was being recorded and photographed, he leaned over, picked up the puck. Mystery?
posted by tomswift at 12:01 PM on June 9, 2011


I think he has the puck and now cannot do anything about it. He will keep it in the family for a few generations until his great grandkid needs some cash to buy some dope and will sell it.

But, isn't it possible that he does pick up the puck after goals so often that he really does not remember it and just tossed in into the bucket of pucks like he does with the other pucks?
posted by JohnnyGunn at 12:11 PM on June 9, 2011


Papelbon's dog ate it.

Sorry, wrong sport.
posted by rokusan at 12:14 PM on June 9, 2011


The only mystery here is why this story has the word mystery attached to it.
posted by davebush at 1:07 PM on June 9, 2011


But, isn't it possible that he does pick up the puck after goals so often that he really does not remember it and just tossed in into the bucket of pucks like he does with the other pucks?

That is difficult for me to believe. The article linked earlier by burnmp3s has him vehemently denying even touching the puck. He'd be more credible if he'd claimed bad memory all along.
posted by exogenous at 2:19 PM on June 9, 2011


I think he's in one of those situations now where it's best to just stick to the denial even though everyone knows it's bullshit. So he picks up the puck. There's no rule against it. Hey, look at that. Sweet souvenir, eh? Finally, this job has a perk.

Then the shit hits the fan. Whoops. Well, just have to keep cool until it blows over and never do that again.

That's where the mistake is. 'Cause now, if he admits it, he's a thief and a liar instead of just a dumbass who didn't realize, and will probably get fired. If he doesn't admit it, he might get fired, might not. Seems like the smart play is to keep on denying with a smile.
posted by ctmf at 2:19 AM on June 10, 2011


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