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Finding Freddy's puck

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

After months of searching for Fredrik Claesson's first NHL goal puck, a plea on social media ultimately sparked its safe delivery to the Sens defenceman's home in Sweden.

"It's a dream come true to score your first goal in the NHL and then to show the puck to your family so I was super bummed about it," said Claesson last week when it looked like the mementos from his first career goal had been lost for good during shipping.

"Hopefully I can see it again."

Let's rewind.

This all started on back on March 8th in Dallas when Zack Smith cleanly swept an offensive zone face-off back to Claesson who hammered a point shot past Kari Lehtonen to put the Sens ahead 2-0. Claesson responded by launching both arms up in the air as he skated back towards his teammates on the bench, something that has now become a bit of a trademark for the 24 year-old Stockholm native.

Video: OTT@DAL: Claesson blasts home his first career goal

Tradition followed post-game as Claesson posed for a photo with his first goal puck in the locker room as the team celebrated a late season 5-2 victory against the Stars.

"It feels really good," said Claesson about his goal after the game. "I've been waiting for this moment for a long time so I'm really happy."

Ultimately this puck, his stick and the game sheet were arranged together in a shadow box for Claesson and his family to enjoy forever at their home in Sweden...it just took a little longer for them to finally get it.

Fast forward to June and Jordan Silmser, the Senators' Director of Team Services, sent the beautiful display on its way to Stockholm but the package never arrived. Silmser then spent the better part of two months trying to track it down with its last known location being somewhere in France in late July.

By September 1st, the package was thought to be lost forever and the case for its recovery had been closed.

Silmser, not satisfied to give up pursuit of the irreplaceable keepsake, reached out internally to the Senators' Communications team and a tweet was sent out on September 12th.

Tweet from @Senators: Hey, it worked for Tom Brady��� Fredrik Claesson's first @NHL goal puck was lost during shipping.Help us find it! Great reward! Please RT! pic.twitter.com/hFfBMWFcOb

That post caught the attention of Sens fan Peter Judd who has been involved in logistics management for 23 years in Ottawa's high tech industry.

"We often came across shipments that were irreplaceable but seemed to be delayed or missing in transit," said Judd on TSN 1200 Thursday morning. "I've gotten very good over the years at finding the right people to talk to."

"When I saw the tweets from the Sens and Freddy, I decided to use some of my skills to help track this down."

Judd, who is an Ottawa Senators group sales leader and frequent Sens Foundation volunteer, reached out to Claesson on Twitter and was put in touch with Silmser a little over a week ago.

The pair got to working the phones and after 11 days of social media attention and diligent work by Silmser and Judd: the package was found.

"Yesterday before practice, I got a text from Jordan and Peter and they said they might have found it," said Claesson after this morning's on-ice session. "They didn't know when it was going to come but it's on its way."

On September 20th, 2017, Fredrik Claesson's first NHL goal puck arrived at his parent's home in Sweden and not long after that it found its permanent place on a wall in their living room.

"My dad sent me a picture of the crate and put the frame up on the wall," Claesson said with a smile. "My parents celebrated with a bottle of champagne...they were so happy".

Instagram from @claesson3: We got it back! Thank you everyone involved for doing this! Internet is great🙏🙌

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