Man turns to crime in quest for the cup

Bar manager ‘traumatized’ by theft of replica Stanley Cup

He wanted bring home the cup so bad, he went ahead and stole it.

Clubhouse bar was hit by a thief on the first day of the Stanley Cup finals last Wednesday when a man in dark clothing swiped a Stanley Cup replica from its display area just after midnight.

“It’s like stealing the star from the top of a Christmas tree – an orphan’s Christmas tree,” said Andy Langford, duty manager at the Clubhouse and Sticky Wicket bars. He was working the night of the theft.

Before the bar closed that night, the man found an unlocked door to the glass-in display area facing Douglas Street. He entered, snuck past a barbecue area and snatched the cup from its perch atop a white stand.

“It’s terrible – it was the centrepiece of the display,” Langford said. “It takes away from the whole spirit of the occasion.”

A doorman working at Big Bad John’s next door noticed as the suspect made away with the coveted cup. The culprit ran south on Douglas and disappeared on Gordon Street.

“There was no indication as to whether the dark clothing contained any yellow stripes or a (Boston Bruins) logo,” deputy police chief John Ducker wrote on his blog about the incident.

Police officers checked the area but didn’t find a suspect. They’ll peruse surveillance video footage to try and get a description.

Meanwhile, Langford said he was traumatized by the brazen theft.

“I’d just like to say that he was gutless and possibly put a jynx on the Canucks’ acquisition of the cup. It dampened my belief in humanity.”

The empty spot on the white stand was filled with a Roberto Luongo helmet.

ecardone@vicnews.com