The 2017 Pittsburgh Penguins time with the Stanley Cup is almost over, already. However, before Stanley says goodbye to the Pens again this time, two of the last three cool events happened today, with the final one still to come being the banner raising night. Tonight’s events were seeing the Cup engraved with the names for 2017 winners on it and celebrating the accomplishment with rings from the team.
It's Stanley Cup official. pic.twitter.com/otLrjjKSgR— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 3, 2017
If you can’t see the picture, as Pensburgh wrote back in June, the Cup includes the names of 24 players who are automatically on by virtue of league rules:
Appearance in Stanley Cup Final Game (22): Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, Phil Kessel, Ian Cole, Scott Wilson, Justin Schultz, Matt Cullen, Brian Dumoulin, Patric Hornqvist, Carl Hagelin, Conor Sheary, Bryan Rust, Trevor Daley, Olli Maatta, Nick Bonino, Matt Murray, Jake Guentzel, Carter Rowney, Ron Hainsey, Josh Archibald, Marc-Andre Fleury
41+ regular season games (2): Kris Letang (41), Tom Kuhnhackl (57)
Also visible in this picture is veteran defenseman Mark Streit, who the team must have successfully petitioned to add on. The league doesn’t always approve these additions, but for the 39-year old Streit, it’s nice to see him get place on the Cup, despite only playing in three playoff games.
The rest of the names on the Cup are organization members from owners, to coaches to equipment managers and team doctors and beyond. It’s a group effort beyond just the players for a franchise to win Lord Stanley.
The other big development tonight was the team holding a formal party to distribute their Stanley Cup rings. Last year the organization bought rings for every single person involved, and as usual this year the players’ gaudy rings did not disappoint when it came to the bling factor.
The eye of the Penguin logo turning into a 5 to represent the club’s 5th Cup is just a tremendous little wrinkle on this baby.
Ending To Offseason Has A Nice Ring To It For Penguins https://t.co/ddf10FJmpe— 93.7 The Fan (@937theFan) October 3, 2017
From the team’s email release:
The iconic Penguins logo rests atop a yellow gold pavé-set triangle set with 10 dazzling yellow diamonds, creating a layered, three-dimensional appearance. A .75 carat pear-shaped diamond rests in the Penguin’s torso, with a subtle number “5” creating its eye, a nod to the franchise’s five Stanley Cup victories. A tapered baguette sits in the end of the hockey stick and completes the logo in striking fashion.
199 hand-set diamonds adorn the top of the ring to create a unique full-domed waterfall effect, making for smooth cascading edges.
In an industry first, Jostens has created a technique that inserts independent, solid 14-karat yellow gold panels on either side of the ring that contrast with the brilliant white gold seen throughout the rest of the ring’s design.
The right side of the ring features the year date of “2017” and is pavé-set with 23 diamonds. Five white gold Stanley Cups sit below the year, representing the team’s remarkable five Stanley Cup victories in franchise history.
Looks like the rings are Phil Kessel approved, too.
The quest to defend the Cup (again) officially begins on Wednesday.
Not bad for morale and some motivation on the eve of a season, either.