The mystery surrounding Sidney Crosby's missing stick and glove from the Olympic gold-medal game on Feb. 28 has been solved, Hockey Canada announced Wednesday.
According to Hockey Canada director Scott Salmond, Crosby's equipment was misplaced, not stolen.
"I want to thank everyone at VANOC, the team equipment managers, a number of Hockey Canada partners and the International Ice Hockey Federation in helping us track and locate several shipments to find the missing items," Salmond said in a statement.
"With everyone's cooperation, we were able to locate these items and are pleased to be able to return the stick and glove to its rightful owner."
Crosby's game-winning stick was located as part of a shipment heading to the IIHF Hall of Fame in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The item was given to the federation with the understanding that it was not the game stick. With the help of the IIHF, Hockey Canada was able to locate the shipment and provided photos to Crosby, who confirmed that the stick was indeed the one he used to score the overtime goal against the Americans that clinched the gold medal for Canada.
The missing glove was found by Team Canada member Patrice Bergeron, who located the item after it was unintentionally placed in one of his equipment bags.
Reebok Canada posted a $10,000 reward for the stick after Crosby's equipment disappeared.