Ottawa Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson has the puck from his first NHL goal thanks to an assist from fan Peter Judd.
Judd, who volunteers for the Senators Foundation, tracked down the lost puck in Europe after it was missing for more than two months and had it returned to the home of Claesson's parents in Stockholm, Sweden on Wednesday.
"[Wednesday] before practice, I got a text from [Senators director of team services Jordan Silmser] and [Judd], and they said they might find it and that it was on its way," Claesson said Thursday. "After practice, my dad sent me a text showing a picture of the frame and the crate. He opened it up and put it up on the wall, and my parents celebrated with a bottle of champagne. They were really happy."
Claesson, 24, scored the goal against the Dallas Stars on March 8. The Senators framed the puck, a picture of him holding it, his stick, pictures of him celebrating and the game's scoresheet as a keepsake to remember the milestone accomplishment.
Claesson shipped the frame from Ottawa to his parents' home after the Senators season ended with a seven-game loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final, but it was lost in transit. The Senators sought to find the missing package to no avail and the case was considered closed. They put out an APB on Twitter last week as a last-ditch effort to recover the missing item.
"I'm super disappointed, especially for my dad and my mom," Claesson told the Senators website on Sept. 17. "My family has been looking forward to it all summer, and I told them about it. … It's a dream come true to score your first goal in the NHL, and then showing your family, so I was super bummed about it. Hopefully I can see it again."
The post was retweeted more than 800 times as Ottawa fans looked to help Claesson. Judd, who a Senators fan since they entered the League in 1992 and volunteers as a group leader for their sales team in his spare time, saw the post after and went to work on the improbable duty of finding the lost package.
"A good friend of mine joked that it seemed like an impossible task to find this crate that disappeared between Ottawa and Stockholm," Judd said. "I decided to volunteer to help, and [Claesson] sent me a private message and I started working on it right away."
Judd received the rest of the details from Silmser and connected with the courier service. After an exhaustive search, the company located the crate in France earlier this week and had it shipped to where Claesson's parents live.
Claesson's father Kenneth shared his excitement by posting a picture of the item on their living-room wall Wednesday.
"He was super stoked," Claesson said. "At first, both of us thought it was gone the whole time and then we found a way to find it and now we're really happy to have got it back."
Kenneth Claesson also shared his gratitude by contacting Judd and thanking him for his efforts.
"His father reached out to me and wants to meet me before the end of the season," Judd said. "It feels great to be able to help."
Fredrik also intends to reward Judd.
"I thanked him myself," Claesson said. "It just happened, so I haven't really thought of a prize yet, but we're going to figure something out for Peter."