Red Wings prospect loses first NHL goal puck in storage unit auction

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There are significant moments in a player’s career from youth hockey all the way up to the NHL. For every NHL player, one of the biggest highlights is scoring that first NHL goal. It’s the culmination of all the sacrifice and hard work of the player, his family and coaches along the way.

Red Wings prospect Gustav Nyquist’s first NHL goal might be extra memorable as it came after he tapped home a dazzling pass from the incomparable Pavel Datsyuk during a call-up last March. Not a bad way to get your first.

Like all players, Nyquist was given the puck he scored with to keep as a memento; something to put on his wall or mantle somewhere down the line.

However, Nyquist may not get the chance to look at that puck and reminisce.

The prized prospect, who appeared in 18 games with Detroit in 2011-12, headed home to his native Sweden after the season. Like many players who move around a lot, he left behind some of his belongings in a storage unit he was sharing with a pair of teammates from the Grand Rapids Griffins, Detroit’s AHL affiliate.

Among those belongings he stored was the puck from his first NHL goal, which had since been framed along with the game sheet from that night.

Upon returning from Sweden, Nyquist found out some disappointing news, as he told MLive.com’s Peter J. Wallner.

When he returned in September, he learned the storage unit had been auctioned off in August through a misunderstanding over payment. Nyquist declined to go into details, but he said the buyer is unknown and he hopes for a settlement from the Alpine-based location.

Of course, that won’t help him get back the mementos.

“It’s something special to have, for sure,” Nyquist said. “Hopefully, one day I’ll see it again. It’s just a fun thing to have on your wall.”

That’s rough. Nyquist said he hopes someone will come forward, but if you’ve ever seen Storage Wars, that thing could have been bought and sold three times over by now. YUUUP.

“If someone knows anything, that’d be great,” Nyquist told Wallner.

There was also some furniture and clothes in the storage unit, but odds are that those don’t mean nearly as much as that little disc of vulcanized rubber, which also represents his only NHL goal to date.

Nyquist has appeared in two games with the Red Wings this season and is having a stellar year in the AHL with 52 points in 51 games for Grand Rapids, good for second in the league.

Hopefully, one day this very personal artifact will make its way back to its rightful owner.

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Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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