Apparently, Stepan had the gold medal stashed in a checked bag because new flight regulations instituted in the wake of the latest terrorist scare prohibit carry-ons on international flights arriving in the U.S.
Stepan was returning from the World Juniors in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
"Just got off phone with Team USA captain Derek Stepan," Russo tweeted. "Airline lost all his bags, including his gold medal, bc no carry-ons out of Canada."
Because of the new travel restrictions out of Canada into the U.S., no carry-ons are allowed other than holding your laptop. So Stepan put his gold medal in the carry-on. None of his bags has arrived, and Stepan says the airline doesn't know where they are. The tournament's leading scorer is holding out hope that the bags can be found because of what's inside.