The St. Louis Blues received their first-ever championship rings on Monday night in a private ceremony ahead of what should be a very challenging trophy defense. And squad members can now show off some fancy jewelry commemorating their amazing run to the Stanley Cup last season.
The rings are made of 14-karat white and yellow gold and bear several subtle designs that detail the incredible journey that ended with them lifting the most coveted prize in the NHL. There are 16 sapphires on each ring, denoting the number of playoff wins needed to win the cup. A collection of 75 diamonds make up the number of goals the team scored during the postseason and an engraving that reads ”PLAY GLORIA” is on the bottom, signifying the team’s adopted theme song.
The team will put replica versions of their championship rings up for sale so fans could get in on the act too. However, only 139 “fan rings” will be available; the number represents the combination of jerseys of the players who scored the coals in the decisive Game 7 against the Boston Bruins.
“The Blues journey to become Stanley Cup Champions for the first time was nothing short of extraordinary, and we wanted to honour that story through an equally incredible ring,” Chris Poitras, Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Jostens Professional Sports Division (who made the rings), said.
“This ring celebrates not only the Blues but also the city of St. Louis and the dedicated fans that have supported them. We strived to capture that relationship in design of the ring; using diamonds and genuine sapphires, the story of the Blues and St. Louis comes to life through the ring’s unique details and intricate storytelling.”
Despite their remarkable achievement last term, the Blues aren’t favored to win the Cup again. The bookmakers reckon the Tampa Bay Lightning have the best shot at claiming the honor and if you’re looking for betting-related guidance, then checking canadiansportsbetting.ca out should definitely find its way to your to-do list. The online resource has valuable information as it relates to Stanley Cup odds and you could also find some great tips therein.
As it stands, Bet365 has odds of 15/2 on the Lightning winning the prestigious bit of silverware next season, with the Vegas Golden Knights attached to 10/1 odds by William Hill. Betfair is offering 10/1 odds on the Toronto Maple Leafs as well, while the Bruins are 13/1 with Unibet.
The Colorado Avalanche’s Stanley Cup odds stand at 14/1 with Skybet and you could find 16/1 odds on the Nashville Predators with Ladbrokes. The Blues, meanwhile, are at 14/1 with Coral.
Canadian fans are hoping to see the Stanley Cup head back to Canada next season after watching the Toronto Raptors win their first-ever NBA championship earlier this year and celebrating with Bianca Andreescu after she became the first Canadian to win the US Open since 1969. William Hill has 2/9 odds on a Canadian team winning the Cup and 10/3 on it not happening.
It’s been a huge year for Canadian sports; residents will have no qualms welcoming more trophies.