INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – The Chicago Blackhawks are not having a great year on the ice, but the team is a winner in the eyes of one Indianapolis family.
The NHL team stepped in after burglars stole a treasure trove of team memorabilia while the McGee family was away for Thanksgiving.
Mike McGee and his son, 18-year-old Jack, who has cerebral palsy, collected thousands of dollars worth of sports memorabilia. The teenager’s bedroom is full of autographed jerseys and pucks.
The thieves stole all the valuables they could find in the McGees’ house, including those precious memories in Jack’s room.
“It takes a special kind of person to break into his room,” Mike McGee told NBC Chicago. “We have pictures of him all over his room. So they know what kind of a person they’re stealing from. So that really hurt.”
So Mike turned to social media for help, listing all of the items taken from his son’s room, including a football autographed by legendary Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka and autographed jerseys from the Blackhawks and Chicago Cubs.
That’s where a fellow sports fan picked it up, going straight to the Blackhawks for help.
“I knew that organization would do what they could to help them out. They’ve done it for me. I know they’ve done it for others,” said Elayne DeSalvo.
The Blackhawks replaced some of the lost items for the family.
“I’ll be honest, all of that stuff is replaceable,” Mike said, “and you know, they can’t take our memories. Can they buddy?”
There are still a lot of non-hockey-related items out there and the family plans to watch eBay, Craigslist and other sites for clues that could lead them back to the thieves.