As I pondered what to do one day a man came into our newsroom draped in an Olympic flag, wearing a hockey helmet with a flashing red dome glued to the top and carrying a monster Canadian flag attached to an extendible golf ball retriever. At the time I was reading a story about the missing gloves and stick that Sidney Crosby had used to score the winning goal in Canada's now historic men's gold medal hockey win against the United States.
The fellow in the hockey helmet is named Dave Ash and he had come to do a satellite interview with my buddy Costa Maragos, the host of the Regina CBC TV news show. Dave is from Regina, but went to every hockey game the Canada's men and women played during the Olympics (all thanks to his job as a long-standing tour operator in Saskatchewan). Every time Canada scored - he turned on his flasher, waved his flag and went nuts like everybody else in the arena.
Now get this, he sat right behind the net when Crosby scored his winning goal, as close to the action as anybody there. So I asked him about what he saw when Crosby scored - and who might have had the chance to 'misplace' the now-famous equipment. He was not the only witness, of course, and the story fleshed out nicely as the day progressed. Crosby's Mementos