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Why did Tony X, viral fan sensation, no-show NHL Awards?

LAS VEGAS -- Tony X. sprang into popularity this year as the newest fan to the great sport of hockey and more specifically the St. Louis Blues. He was so popular (by NHL standards) that he was asked to attend to the NHL Awards in Las Vegas as a guest of the League.

At 5:19am PT time, Mr. X tweeted out a picture of a Southwest ticket. 

Sources close to the event were under the impression that Tony X's flight was cancelled. The same sources have been unsuccessful at getting in contact with Tony X today at all. They don't know if he made it to Vegas.

At 4:18pm PT the NHL's Twitter account reachout directly with the social media phenomenon. As of publication has not responded.

On the broadcast, host Will Arnett and model Erin Heatherton spoke of Tony's absence and introduced the hashtag #TONYMIA. Many assumed at first it was some joke by the producers of the show and Tony X would emerge at some point.

He didn't.

Everyone, including us and the NHL, are genuinely concerned about Tony X and his whereabouts. We can only hope that he made it to Vegas safe and sound and is having a wonderful time. On the NHL's dime. 

We'll update this story as information becomes available.

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Jen Neale is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @MsJenNeale_PD.

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