Ref Suspected Of Taking Cup-Clinching Puck Did Not Work Game 7

NHL linesman Steve Miller. (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

NHL linesman Steve Miller. (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (CBS) Steve Miller, the NHL linesman suspected of taking last year’s Stanley Cup-clinching puck, did not work Game 7 of this year’s Stanley Cup Finals.

The Chicago Tribune first reported that Miller would not be on the ice for tonight’s game, despite working previous games in the series. The NHL claims the decision had nothing to do with recent evidence that the lineman skated off with last year’s winning puck, according to the report.

That puck has not been seen since Blackhawks’ winger Patrick Kane scored in overtime of Game 6 last season to give his team their first Stanley Cup since 1961. But photos recently discovered by the Tribune show Miller picking up the puck and skating off with it as the Blackhawks were at the other end of the ice celebrating.

Miller has maintained he never touched the puck.