Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/14/09 at 01:11 PM ET
from Christopher D. Kirkpatrick of the Charlotte Observer,
Charlotte dentist Robert Pappert prized the hockey stick he bought New Year’s Day after a special NHL game in Chicago.
That is, until he learned it was stolen from a 14-year-old Detroit Red Wings fan who was given the souvenir after the game by a star Wings player.
Horrified, Pappert overnight-mailed the stick back to the young fan on Monday – an act that has made him a hero of sorts for what some in hockey circles are calling the “Miracle of Nice.”
“The stick was never mine, it was that little dude’s,” said Pappert, a diehard fan who flies with his wife around the country to attend NHL games.
Two important footnotes. First, and just to finally clear up this lingering doubt, the Tribune’s Problem Sover column showed a photo of Bobby Pappert to Plew, and “the teenager said categorically he was not the man who approached him and took the stick.” Which of course means that the jerkwad that stole the kid’s keepsake in the first place still hasn’t ‘fessed up.
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