Devils forward Patrik Elias was the most likely person to have it, as he was seen picking the puck up off the ice during the Kings’ celebration.
However Elias says that while he did pick up the puck, he does not have it and he has no idea where the puck could have ended up, according to NJ.com.
“I don’t have it. I have no idea where it is,” Elias told NJ.com. “I grabbed it when the whistle blew. I had it in front of me and I picked it up with my stick. I went over to Marty [Brodeur] and then I sat on the bench and I think I left it there.”
Elias says that he didn’t throw the puck into the crowd and explains that he had no motive to keep the puck for himself.
“I understand it’s a meaningful thing for them,” he told NJ.com. “For me? No. Why would I want to keep a losing Stanley Cup puck?”
The 36-year-old NHL veteran said that while he doesn’t remember seeing the puck get mixed in with his equipment, he would check his locker again to make sure that he didn’t accidentally bring the puck back to New Jersey with him.
Now that Elias has cleared the air and said that he doesn’t have it, the Kings will move on in their search for the historic puck. The NHL says that they will only get involved in the investigation if the Kings ask.
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