The Boston Bruins unveiled their 2011 Stanley Cup Championship rings on Tuesday at Boston Harbor Hotel on Tuesday, October 4th.
All players and some that have since left the team returned to celebrate on what some would call getting their personal trophies for the feat they accomplished on June 15th, 2011 against the Vancouver Canucks in a Game 7, winner-take-all series.
To get to this point, the Bruins had to complete four best-of-seven series. In three of these series, it had to be just that. Out of the four series that the Bruins were required to win the Cup, they had had to endure three complete seven-game series—a feat never before completed by any team in the history of the NHL.
It was a playoffs to remember.
It started with defeating the long-time divisional rival Montreal Canadiens in a Game 7 overtime win. The Bruins had a long history of losing Game 7s and some of those were at the hands of the Canadiens.
They avenged "the collapse" of the 2009-10 playoffs at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers by sweeping them in four games. Their first Eastern Conference championship shot since 1992.
The series against the Tampa Bay Lightening went the distance with a one-goal win and brought the team to the finals for the first time since 1990.
The final piece of the puzzle had to go to the full seven games when the Bruins dispatched the Canucks 4-0 in the final game of the year, capturing the Stanley Cup for the first time in 39 years.
Speaking of the past, the rings have a look at the present while not forgetting the success of the past.
Let's have a look at the latest jewelry.
The front of the ring displays the Boston Bruins logo with the Stanley Cup in the background filled with princess, princess and round-cut diamonds.
Flanking these are the words "STANLEY CUP" and "CHAMPIONS."
The ring is furnished in 14K white gold.
One side displays the Stanley Cup filled with 2011 split on each side. Both items are encrusted with diamonds.
The past has not been forgotten. On each side of the cup, the previous five years that the Bruins have won Lord Stanley's mug are also included with this year's cup win. The background is done in black.
Side 2 adds the personal touch to each ring. Each ring has the Bruins' retro logo displaying "BRUINS" arched over an angry bear standing on the word "BOSTON." The logo's foreground is in yellow gold and the background is black.
There are six diamonds located to the top left and right of the logo that again signifies the six championships.
Over the logo, the last name of the player/organization member is embossed .
Below the log, the player's number is embossed.
This is also set in a black background.
Inside there were engravings.
“FULL 60+ TO HISTORY” is on one side.
The other side displayed the NHL shield and all four playoff opponents' logos and series scores representing the road it took to earn the right to be called NHL 2011 Stanley Cup Champions.
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With all the returning players, management and staff members celebrating their rings, former Bruins Mark Recchi, Michael Ryder and Shane Hnidy also attended the private dinner and party at Boston Harbor Hotel.
While these players are no longer part of the Bruins organization, they were pleased to be there and to see their former teammates.
Ryder, who signed a deal with the Dallas Stars, was happy to have made it to the special event. "These guys and I will always remember each other for what we did and it's just good to get together and have this night."
Mark Recchi, who retired after the cup win, was very happy to get his third ring. "It's an exciting time and I can't wait to see the ring and put it on our fingers and uh, you know, more importantly see the guys for the night and get to hang out before the big opener on Thurdsay."
Tomas Kaberle, who signed with the Carolina Hurricanes, could not attend.
The players' reactions were that of awe and a dose of satisfaction when their personal trophies are presented to them.
Milan Lucic probably said it best: "The word 'wow', wow came out of my mouth," Lucic said when speaking with NESN. "I mean when you think about what you went through and, and even inside the ring it has the logos of all the teams that we played and the series you know, uh 4-3, 4-nothin', 4-3, 4-3 and you start thinking about the process and everything that you went through."
When asked what he will do with the ring, he smiled and replied "Well I might sleep with it tonight, for sure."
The Boston Bruins' Stanley Cup rings are added to the seven in total for the Boston/New England fans. over the past decade.
There were 505 rings presented and it seems that it is up there with other rings and it certainly personifies the Boston Bruins.