Manor REPORT: 18,000 NHL Bobbleheads Stolen in California

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Fresh on the heels of a highly entertaining Jaromir Jagr jersey retirement ceremony in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago, the Penguins were set to further celebrate their former captain with a free bobblehead giveaway on Thursday night when they host the visiting San Jose Sharks.

Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen as originally intended because the bobbleheads were apparently stolen after they arrived in California.

The Penguins issued an announcement to fans stating they “learned that they were victims of cargo theft after failing to receive the shipment as scheduled.” It went on to say:

“The team worked with the manufacturer and transportation companies to alert the appropriate state and federal authorities who are currently working to locate the cargo. This is an open investigation and no further comment will be made in order to not hamper with the recovery of the goods.

“We were shocked to be a victim of cargo theft, and we are working closely with local and federal authorities on the investigation” said Penguins President of Business Operations Kevin Acklin. “While this unfortunate incident adds to the legend of Jaromir Jagr, who will be in attendance as our guest at tonight’s game, we look forward to resolving this theft and delivering the prized Jagr bobbleheads to their rightful homes, with our fans.”

Pittsburgh fans will still get their bobbleheads, it just won’t be as planned. Instead, the team says people attending the game will receive a voucher that “includes a one-time scannable barcode” which can be used to pick up their bobblehead at a later date.


Bobbleheads have long been one of the most popular giveaways sports teams can use to entice fans to attend live events and/or as special incentive. This season, the Kings have offered four limited edition mini-bobbleheads featuring Kevin Fiala, Quinton Byfield, Mikey Anderson, and Phil Danault. The last of the set will be available when LA hosts the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on April 18. Tickets for that game can be purchased here. For those interested in Kings season tickets, please contact Scott Servetnick at 310-535-4424.

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