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Penguins Receive New Hardware

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
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The Pittsburgh Penguins players, coaches, hockey staff and executives received their 2009 Stanley Cup championship rings at a private ceremony Tuesday night. Afterwards captain Sidney Crosby and veteran Bill Guerin displayed their new piece of hardware for the media.

“It’s hardware but it’s not hard to wear,” joked veteran Bill Guerin, who received a smaller ring in 1995 when he won the Cup with the New Jersey Devils. “I put my ’95 on last night and it has the same meaning. It’s very special to me but styles have changed, size has changed.”

“That’s a pretty big ring; it’s pretty heavy,” Crosby said. “It looks good on there. Everyone’s happy with the way it turned out.”

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Each 14 karat white and yellow gold ring contains 167 diamonds, totaling approximately 4.50 carats of diamonds and averaging approximately 100 grams of gold. The top of the ring is crowned with a custom-cut black onyx imbedded with a 1.3 carat pear-shaped diamond to create the Penguins logo. The logo is placed on an image of the Stanley Cup, which is sitting on a bed of round diamonds replicating the arena and ice surface.

“Just like everything else with the Pittsburgh Penguins, this is first class,” Guerin said. “This is something we’ve been looking forward to for a long time and it’s definitely worth the wait.”

“This is a keepsake,” Crosby said. “The only guys you won it with have them. So you share that. That’s the special part about it. Everyone who did that together will share that forever.”

The ring is further adorned with 12 princess-cut diamonds on each side of the shanks. The title “Stanley Cup Champions” is written along the ring’s left and right outer rim/bezel. The left side of the ring features the player’s name and number as well as a list of the team four playoff series victories. The right side of the ring has the year 2009 split with three Stanley Cups, adorned in diamonds. The two outer Stanley Cups are inscribed on top with 91 and 92, paying homage to the Penguins’ two previous championships.

Manufactured by Intergold, the rings were designed in consultation with Penguins owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle, general manager Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma.

At the ceremony, Lemieux and Burkle handed over the rings after Shero introduced each guy, according to their jersey number.

“In was in numerical order so I had to wait until the end,” Crosby joked. “I wasn’t looking at anybody else’s. It was pretty neat.”

Crosby said he’ll wear the ring for that evening and then he will likely not wear it again in the immediate future.

“It’s great to get but once the season is started, you’re trying to get another one,” Crosby said. “We’ll enjoy this tonight. We’re past that point now. We’ve moved on. This is a good way to close it up.”

“We’re going to raise the banner but this is our last event of doing this type of thing,” Guerin said. “Now it’s back to business. Everybody else in the league wants to beat us and we want to win again. It’s definitely back to business now.”
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