Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Canadian Rugby Star Needs Help in Finding Treasure Trove of Stolen Jerseys

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Canadian Rugby Star Needs Help in Finding Treasure Trove of Stolen Jerseys

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Former Canadian rugby star needs your help

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TORONTO - Former Canadian rugby star Dave Lougheed needs your help.

On Thursday, while Lougheed was volunteering at the Calgary Stampede, thieves broke into his garage and stole golf clubs, his daughter's bike and more than 30 rugby jerseys.

The clubs and bike can be replaced. But the jerseys are a treasure trove of memories from Lougheed's distinguished 13-year international rugby career.

The 47-year-old Lougheed, now vice-president and portfolio manager for Raymond James Ltd., played in four Rugby World Cups. Many of the prized jerseys stolen came from those tournaments, traded with opposing players after the final whistle.

The more than 30 stolen rugby jerseys included Barbarians, England and New Zealand All Blacks uniforms.

Lougheed just wants them back.

"Entirely sentimental value and/or memorabilia," said Lougheed, who sells some of his memorabilia to raise funds at charity auctions.

"The currency before rugby was professional was really just trading the jersey. You didn't get any other benefit," he added. "You either had 50 Canadian jerseys or you had 35 different ones. And it was kind of cool to remember the games you played."

In leaving the house Thursday morning, he noticed a pickup truck in his back alley but just thought it was someone visiting a neighbour. He left, only to get a call from his wife Dana later in the day.

"She said, 'Were you in the garage? It's a mess everywhere.'"

The jerseys were in thick clear, protective bags. …

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