Whatever Happened To The Puck?

It is the most celebrated goal in the history of hockey. So you would think the puck would be the most celebrated puck in the history of hockey.

The stick Paul Henderson used to score that goal is at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. So are the hockey pants he wore that game. 

But much mystery surrounds the whereabouts of the puck.

The answer is supposedly somewhere in Pat "Whitey" Stapleton's garage. 

Video coverage barely catches the Team Canada defenseman bending over and sneaking the puck into his glove.

Stapleton conceded that he did have it for the longest time. He kept in some box in his garage and said it would take him forever to find it.

But Stapleton likes to coyly deepen the mystery about the puck. He said he gave it to his old buddy and Team Canada teammate Bill White, who steadfastly denies it. He has also said the puck was never properly labelled and he has no idea which one is the special puck anymore.

Another time Stapleton, whose son Mike was also a long time NHLer, threatened he would one day take the puck out on a frozen lake and play some shinny with the grandkids. When the game was done, he would just shoot the puck into the snow bank and let it disappear forever.

In the 2001 book release Team Canada: Where Are They Now by Brian McFarlane, Stapleton was quoted as saying:

"They all ask if I still have the puck that Henderson scored with, and the subject has created quite a little stir. If there's one specific thing they remember me for, I guess that's it. Everybody talks about the puck. I haven't decided yet how to give an answer. I mean, it's just a puck. What's a puck? It's three inches in diameter and one inch thick and it's black and it's rubber. And that puck is somewhere. Why all the fuss over a rubber puck?"