New tribute for Dollard St. Laurent

A closeup of the 1960-61 Stanley Cup ring worn by former Chicago Black Hawks and Canadiens defenceman Dollard St. Laurent (left) and the new Black Hawks 50th anniversary Cup ring soon to be worn by St. Laurent.
Photo left: John Kenney, The Gazette; Photo right: courtesy Chicago Sun-Times

I love stories like these (as any regular at Habs Inside/Out knows):

Former Canadiens defenceman Dollard St. Laurent soon will be wearing a beautiful new ring celebrating his participation on the Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Black Hawks (then two words) of 1961.

Sunday night, the Blackhawks celebrated the 50th anniversary of their ’61 Cup win, introducing former greats Glenn Hall, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Pierre Pilote and others before their 5-0 win over the Islanders at the United Center. Team chairman Rocky Wirtz and president John McDonough have done a great job embracing the team’s alumni after they’d been ignored for too many years.

St. Laurent was on the 1961 championship team, and with pride he
wears a ring from that title on his left ring finger and a Canadiens
tribute ring, for his four Cups won with Montreal, on his right pinkie.

Every
surviving member of the 1961 Cup winners will receive the ring
illustrated at left, the year 1960 on the left side, as worn by St.
Laurent, replaced by 2011, the year of the 50th anniversary.

Here’s a piece I wrote last May
on Dollard’s huge pride in his two rings, as the Blackhawks skated
toward their 2009-10 Stanley Cup victory.

From top: Dollard St. Laurent at his home in Montreal last May wearing his Canadiens tribute ring on his right pinkie and his Chicago Black Hawks 1960-61 Stanley Cup ring on his left ring finger.
John Kenney, Gazette

St. Laurent outmuscles New York Rangers’ Danny Lewicki away from
the puck in front of Canadiens goalie Jacques Plante in this mid-1950s
photo.

Gazette files

St. Laurent (left) and Jean-Guy Talbot hoist Plante onto their
shoulders to celebrate one of the Canadiens’ five consecutive Stanley
Cups won between 1956-60.

Gazette files

One Comment

  1. Exit716 says:

    Great photos. I had the opportunity to work at a company that employed Bobby Hull as a spokesman. One night, we asked him about the Stanley Cup ring. He said that if anyone wanted it, they’d have to cut his hand off to get it.

     


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