Montreal to get a ring – sadly not a Stanley Cup ring


With the recent passing of the legendary Montreal Canadiens’ star player Guy Lafleur much has been said and written about the state of our dearly loved and storied NHL franchise. Both sadly and ironically, during the same week that Lafleur passed away, the current on-ice edition of the Canadiens ‘clinched’ last place overall in the league, making them the worst-performing Montreal team since the 1939-40 version.

During the first 18 years of my life, the Montreal Canadiens won ten Stanley Cups!

The last time they won the Stanley Cup, once a rite of Spring in Montreal, was in 1993; that’s 29 years ago. At that time I was 34 years old. I’m now 62 and still waiting. During the first 18 years of my life, the Montreal Canadiens won ten Stanley Cups! It’s hard to grasp that there is an entire generation that has grown up without seeing a Stanley Cup parade in Montreal, another rite of Spring.

Canadiens 1993 ring

Along with the bragging rights that come with a Cup win, and lots of photos with the cup, cash bonuses, and adoring fans, players on the championship team receive a ring. This is a common practice in most sports. Some of the old-time greats could boast about having multiple rings garnered during the glory days of the team. Alas, many of those players have passed away.

Along with the bragging rights that come with a Cup win, and lots of photos with the cup, cash bonuses, and adoring fans, players on the championship team receive a ring

Given the futility of the teams over the last thirty years, suffice to say no Stanley Cup rings have been created or presented to Montreal players or coaches. However, in an effort to appease local fans who have suffered valiantly, the City, in conjunction with a major development company, has announced that a giant ring will be installed in a downtown plaza.

Cloud Gate

The 30-metre, 50,000-pound stainless steel structure, designed by the landscape architecture firm Claude Cormier + Associes, will be suspended at the entrance to the Place Ville Marie. So far the reaction has been muted, which I take to mean most people don’t have a big problem with the ring. Some have likened it to Chicago’s stainless steel Cloud Gate, known affectionately as The Bean (how could Boston have let this happen?).

I’ve got to admit I’m neither excited nor disgusted by the ring, at least, to my understanding, it won’t cost any already rare downtown parking spaces. But I really would prefer a Stanley Cup ring for the city!

Maybe I’m wrong, and the ring is merely a work of art. Perhaps I’m just a little sensitive about the dearth of Stanly Cup wins, and will see this ring as a bit of salt in the wound. I’ve got to admit I’m neither excited nor disgusted by the ring, at least, to my understanding, it won’t cost any already rare downtown parking spaces. But I really would prefer a Stanley Cup ring for the city!

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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