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CAMP INSIDER: Players await Stanley Cup rings

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009

Members of the Penguins' organization soon will receive rings commemorating their 2009 Stanley Cup championship season. Players, though not having seen the final design, are aware of some details regarding their keepsakes, which they will be given before the regular season starts:

• The rings are silver colored, though made of a material more expensive than sterling silver. Championship rings from the Penguins 1991 and '92 title teams are solid gold.

• The rings are larger than any in the history of Stanley Cup-winning teams. However, the Penguins' rings are said not be gaudy; and they do not compare in size to the rings received by the Steelers for winning Super Bowl XLIII.

• The rings are inscribed with results of each playoff series. Also on the rings are surnames of club personnel.

Captain Sidney Crosbyhad input into the ring design, but only coach Dan Bylsma is known to have seen the final product. Also, the team has opted against presenting the rings at the regular-season opener Oct. 2. That contest, against the New York Rangers, will follow a ceremony in which a third Stanley Cup championship banner will be raised to the roof at Mellon Arena.

The Stanley Cup is scheduled to be inscribed later this month with names of 52 members of the Penguins' organization who were part of the 2009 championship team.




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