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Mystery over: Crosby finds his hockey jersey

The mystery over the disappearance of Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby's jersey was solved Tuesday when an airline worker found the keepsake sweater at Pittsburgh International Airport -- not at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, where Crosby's father, Troy, reported it lost.

"Found! Goal! Score!" declared US Airways spokesman David Castelveter.

Troy Crosby flew from Pittsburgh to Buffalo on Sunday afternoon, ahead of Monday's game in HSBC Arena with his hockey player son's jersey tucked inside a plastic bag and checked into his luggage.

Sidney Crosby had worn that white sweater during his first NHL game last Wednesday with the Penguins -- and his father had wanted to keep it as a memento, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

But when Troy Crosby picked up his two bags from baggage claim, he noticed one was partially unzipped and immediately started searching for the prized jersey. It was nowhere to be found, he told the Post-Gazette.

Troy Crosby notified airline officials, who began investigating.

"The people in Buffalo called their supervisor from the baggage area out on the ramp, and I spoke to him," the Post-Gazette quoted Crosby as saying. "He said he had unloaded that plane and that he was positive it didn't happen here."

Two days later -- and one day after the Sabres beat the Penguins, 3-2 -- a US Airways employee in Pittsburgh reported that he had found a white jersey in a plastic bag at the bottom of movable jet stairs stored near a gate, Castelveter said.

The employee, whose name was not released, gave the sweater to his supervisor, and it was being returned to Troy Crosby, Castelveter said.

"We're delighted," said Penguins spokesman Tom McMillan, who added that their new star player learned about the recovered jersey while at practice midday Tuesday. "Clearly, it's a great keepsake item for their family."

It was not clear how the valuable garment ended up on the airport ramp. "We don't want to speculate," Castelveter said. "There's a lot of parts moving around and bags being shipped. Things happen. That's not to say we're not going to investigate."

No disciplinary action against any US Airways employees had been taken in connection with the jersey as of late Tuesday, Castelveter.

The incident marked the second time one of Sidney Crosby's jerseys has vanished under curious circumstances.

In January, the player's red Team Canada jersey that he wore in the world junior championships was stolen from his luggage while traveling in Canada. A Montreal baggage handler admitted to police he had taken the sweater to give to his daughter but later put it in a mailbox where it was found by a postal carrier.

Charges were dropped against the worker, but he was fired and forced to pay a small fine.

e-mail: mbecker@buffnews.com

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