SBD/Issue 14/Franchises

Blackhawks Hand Out Rings In Honor Of Stanley Cup Championship

Ring Features 404 Diamonds,
Team's Indian Head Logo

The Blackhawks last night during a private ceremony handed out rings "to players, coaches, equipment managers, trainers and medical staff" in recognition of their first Stanley Cup championship since '61, according to Chris Kuc of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. The rings, "valued at about $30,000, are 14-carat white gold weighing 91.0 grams, with 404 diamonds and gemstones totaling approximately 8 carats." They feature the "iconic Indian head logo and the Stanley Cup displayed in marquee cut diamonds surrounded by the words 'Stanley Cup Champions' on the face," and are "personalized with a team member's name and number." One side of the ring "features baguette-cut rubies and pear-shaped emeralds set in the shape of the Hawks' crossed tomahawks and the other is a diamond-studded Stanley Cup and the 2010 season's motto: One Goal." The years 2010, 1961, 1938 and 1934 "are included to commemorate the team's title history." Blackhawks VP & Assistant to the President Al MacIsaac, who served on a committee "entrusted to design" the rings, said that the cost "was irrelevant" to Chair Rocky Wirtz. The committee was "determined to make the Hawks version unique." It incorporated ideas ring-maker Jostens "had not done before, including engraving the inside of each player's ring with the NHL logo and those of the four teams the Hawks dispatched in the playoffs and the series scores." Kuc reports other members of the organization "will receive their rings during a future ceremony," while former players and staff not in attendance last night "will be presented theirs by a member of the Hawks' hockey operations staff" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/30).

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