GLENDALE, Ariz. - Joel Edmundson walked out of Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Tuesday night toting some extra cargo.
After months ago seeing pictures and videos and Snapchats from his former teammates, Edmundson was presented with his Stanley Cup Championship ring in a pregame ceremony on Tuesday.
"It definitely surpassed what I was expecting," he said after practice on Wednesday. "You open the box, and there's a light on the inside of the box that shines right on the ring, so you see all the diamonds shining. When I opened it up on the carpet, I was blown away."
After a brief tribute played on the video board, Edmundson waved to the crowd and clapped in appreciation, skating over to the near corner, where Al MacInnis was joined by Blues captains Alex Pietrangelo, Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen to present the now Carolina Hurricanes' defenseman with his ring.
Edmundson slipped the ring - which features 282 diamonds, 20 princess-cut sapphires, 16 custom-cut blue sapphires and 15 round sapphires - onto his fourth finger and raised his right fist.
The crowd roared in delight.
Video: CAR@STL: Edmundson receives his Stanley Cup ring
"It was pretty sweet," Edmundson said. "When we got to the hotel [in Glendale], I finally got a chance to sit down and look at it. It's huge. It's shiny. A special moment for me and my family."
His parents, Bob and Lois, were in the crowd to witness the ceremony and Edmundson's return to St. Louis, and after the game, he got to surprise his mom with a Stanley Cup Championship necklace.
"It's the same size as the face of the ring," Edmundson said. "She was thrilled. She had no idea it was coming. As soon as she saw it, she was like, 'Wow!' She showed all of her friends and everything. It was pretty cool."
Edmundson said he would reserve wearing the ring for special occasions or charity events. After all, "It's a rock. It's heavy," he noted.
The intricate details of the ring, the last to be given to the players from the 2019 Stanley Cup Championship team, make for a well-deserved keepsake from a memorable season.
Time to go get another one.
"I'd love to get a red one, you know?" Edmundson smiled.