Peter Šťastný, a former ice hockey player for the Czechoslovak national team and professional teams in the NHL who is now a serving MEP, has offered a large reward for the return of several stolen ice hockey jerseys. They were taken some time between 4:30 and 8:30 on Monday, May 9.
He had lent his jerseys for display during a Hockey Feast at the Foreign Affairs Ministry where they were arranged in a conference hall together with hockey sticks. They were later taken to a storage area in the ministry basement but the morning after the feast they had disappeared. Šťastný did not blame poor security at the Foreign Affairs Ministry for the disappearance, and added that he hoped it was just some kind of joke.
Damage was initially assessed at less than €300, but Šťastný was surprised by the amount and commented that for him, his hockey jerseys were more valuable, and would be sought after by collectors and people trading in hockey souvenirs. He said that he would pay €10,000 to anyone who brings them back.
"Luckily, gold medals and a gold ring (which were also present) were closed off in a kind of case," said Šťastný, a member of the NHL's Hockey Hall of Fame as well as that of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), as quoted by the TASR newswire. He won gold medals at the Ice Hockey World Championships in 1976 and 1977, playing for Czechoslovakia. He was a major NHL star in the 1980s and early 1990s, and the only player ever to represent three national teams: Czechoslovakia, Slovakia and Canada.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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13. May 2011 at 10:00