Hawks goalie's equipment missing

Updated: March 3, 2014, 3:50 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford was only partly joking when he said Monday he was going to start chaining his equipment to the wall.

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Robin Alam/Icon SMICorey Crawford said he was "stunned" that someone would steal his goalie equipment.

After already having his Stadium Series mask go missing after being shipped last week, Crawford said he had a pair of goalie pads and his gloves stolen after Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field.

"No, I didn't find the mask, and you're not going to believe this, but my pads got stolen at Soldier Field -- white pads, gloves," he said. "Yeah, I was stunned, too, when I heard it.

"I don't even know what to think anymore, seriously. I'm stunned by the whole thing."

Crawford said he was told security may have caught the theft on camera.

"Actually, I do think they did catch someone on camera," he said. "I still can't believe it. I think they're joking. I think they have my pads in back and they're playing a joke on me.

"I think the NHL should look at their goalie pad security. This is crazy. I've never seen this before. I've never heard of this before. It's crazy. The trainers are all stunned that it happened. Honestly, I told every guy, and some of the guys didn't believe it. They didn't believe it happened."

Crawford has been able to find humor in his misfortune.

"We were joking around that we may see the guy on Johnny's [IceHouse West] ice before we get out there," Crawford said.

Scott Powers is the Blackhawks beat reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.



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