May 08, 2011
Authenticity of $50,000 Gretzky Puck Questioned
There's only one problem. The puck, which sold just shy of $50,000, is not the correct puck, according to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Classic Auctions' Marc Juteau says the puck stayed with Oilers timekeeper, Don Whidden. From there it somehow got into at least one private collection. The unnamed owner of the puck approached Juteau about auctioning off the piece of history.
But the Hockey Hall of Fame believes they have the actual puck. They had been following Gretzky around for a week to make sure the puck and stick used to break the hallowed record would end up in the museum. Hall of Fame curator Scotty Morrison had arranged with linesman Swede Knox to retrieve the items.
YouTube video proves Morrison's presence that night, as the Oilers public address announcer introduces Morrison during the celebration activities, stating he was there to take the puck and stick for "permanent enshrinement" in the Hall of Fame.
Back in March I asked Juteau how the puck ended up in a private collection after the Hall of Fame had taken possession of it. There was no response.
Here's the full story. Someone has there story wrong. In all likelihood both sides legitimately believe they are the rightful owners. The saddest part is now doubt will always be cast over the treasured item, making fans the losers in all of this.