10 Extremely Cool Looking Memorial Cup Rings
This is the time of the year all hockey fans dream about.
Not only is the battle for the Stanley Cup in full swing, but this week the puck drops on the 94th edition of the Memorial Cup.
For the uninitiated, the Memorial Cup is the crowning jewel in junior hockey supremacy.
Along with having their names engraved on the trophy, players from the cup-winning team will get to wear a championship ring symbolizing their victory.
Over the years, the "bling" factor of championship rings has certainly increased. However, no matter how much gold or how many diamonds the ring holds, you cannot put a dollar value on the chance to put one of these career-defining pieces of jewelry on your ring finger.
Here is a look at 10 very cool Memorial Cup rings.
Niagara Falls Flyers: 1965
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1965 Memorial Cup Champions
The Niagara Falls Flyers defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings four games to one.
Hall of Fame goalie Bernie Parent led the Flyers to the victory. Who knew Parent’s Stanley Cup ring would again be with a team called the Flyers.
Kootenay Ice: 2002
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2002 Memorial Cup Champions
The Kootenay Ice defeated the Victoriaville Tigres in the championship game.
Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters: 1952
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1952 Memorial Cup Champions
The Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters defeated the Regina Pats in four straight games.
If you are wondering about the team's unique nickname, Guelph's sponsor at the time was the Biltmore Hat Company.
Spokane Chiefs: 2008
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2008 Memorial Cup Champions
The Spokane Chiefs defeated the Kitchener Rangers in the championship game.
The only other American-based team to win the Memorial Cup was the Portland Winter Hawks. The Hawks took home the hardware in 1983 and 1998.
Flin Flon Bombers: 1957
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1957 Memorial Cup Champions
The Flin Flon Bombers defeated the Ottawa Junior Canadians four games to three.
Are you wondering, “Where the heck is Flin Flon?” Flin Flon is small town in Northern Manitoba and is the birthplace of NHL great Bobby Clarke.
Saint John Sea Dogs: 2011
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2011 Memorial Cup Champions
The Saint John Sea Dogs defeated the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in the championship game.
Montreal Junior Canadiens: 1969
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1969 Memorial Cup Champions
The Montreal Junior Canadiens defeated the Regina Pats four games straight.
St. Catharines Teepees: 1960
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1960 Memorial Cup Champions
St. Catharine Teepees defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings four games to two.
Among the future NHL’ers to play for this team were Roger Crozier and Vic Hadfield.
Edmonton Oil Kings: 1963
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1963 Memorial Cup Champions
The Edmonton Oil Kings defeated the Niagara Falls Flyers four games to two.
Regina Pats: 1974
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1974 Memorial Cup Champions
The Regina Pats defeated the Quebec Remparts.
New York Islanders' great Clark Gillies was part of this winning team.