The Blackhawks will get their Stanley Cup rings in a private ceremony Sunday evening, and Jamal Mayers — now an analyst on the NHL Network — will be in town to participate. While Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final in Boston was barely three months ago, the Hawks are looking forward to a chance to sit back and reminisce together about what they accomplished.
“Everything happens so fast when you win, that there are [only] rare moments here and there where you get to spend with all the guys, whether it’s in the locker room or the plane ride back, in a quiet environment [to] reflect. Tomorrow will be pretty cool to get our rings, I think that’s a special moment. That’s part of the whole Stanley Cup experience. It’ll be nice to see some of those old teammates already.”
Back in the fall of 2010, barely half the players were present to receive their rings after the roster was decimated over the summer. This year, only Dave Bolland, Viktor Stalberg, Michael Frolik, Ray Emery and Daniel Carcillo are on other teams.
“It’s always special when you get together and you can revisit that moment,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “Last time, we didn’t have everybody, everybody was in different camps. We had half a team there. … But it’s a great moment, a good time to reflect as well. Then, after the ceremony, let’s turn the page and let’s get excited about this season.”
Toews didn’t want to talk about what role he played in designing the ring, but Quenneville can’t wait to see the finished product.
“Really looking forward to it,” he said. “You hear a little bit of this and that. I heard it’s very special.”