The Finnish linesman who snagged the puck after Sidney Crosby’s Olympic golden goal took it home “to protect it,” the president of Hockey Canada said yesterday after the puck was added to Canada’s Hockey Hall of Fame.

Sidney Crosby swatted the puck past U.S. goaltender Ryan Miller in overtime to win the final game 3-2 and capture Canada’s 14th gold of the Winter Olympics.

Officials lost track of the puck in the hullabaloo that followed.

Last week, however, it was handed over to the International Ice Hockey Federation in Zurich.

“The video from inside the facility clearly showed the Finnish linesman going in and getting the puck from the net,” said Bob Nicholson yesterday.

“When they contacted him, he had it in his referee’s shirt.”

The puck, which will be kept in Toronto, will be carted out and displayed in various Canadian cities. The organizing committee will auction off four other pucks that were also used during the brief overtime period.