St. Louis Blues’ championship rings have inspirations that led to first Stanley Cup title

Mike Brehm, USA TODAY
Published 11:56 p.m. ET Sept. 30, 2019 | Updated 12:10 a.m. ET Oct. 1, 2019CLOSE
SportsPulse: The St. Louis Blues have made history in winning their first ever Stanley Cup. As Kevin Allen puts it, no city in America deserves it more.
USA TODAYThe St. Louis Blues won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history in June, and their championship rings serve as a reminder of the inspirations that helped them end that drought.As with most championship rings, there are a lot of jewels — 282 diamonds, 20 princess-cut sapphires, 16 custom-cut blue sapphires, and 15 round sapphires for a total weight of 10.6 carats, ring maker Josten Inc. says.But the intricate rings also feature plenty of references to the Blues’ Stanley Cup journey.The words “Play Gloria” reference the song that the Blues adopted after some players went to a Philadelphia bar in January, heard the 1982 Laura Branigan hit “Gloria” played repeatedly and began a rise from last in the NHL to champions.NHL POINT PROJECTIONS: How we see the 2019-20 season unfoldingROOKIES: Calder Trophy favorite is someone besides the top two draft picksOPINION: NHL’s tweak on icing faceoffs could be season’s most significant changeOn the interior of the ring are the four teams they beat in the playoffs with the series results. The 16 sapphires in the Blues logo represent their 16 postseason wins and the 75 diamonds in and around the Stanley Cup represent their number of playoff goals.The Blues’ connection to their fans is shown with a depiction of their championship rally at the Gateway Arch. And in the nicest touch, Laila is inscribed on the ring. Superfan Laila Anderson, 11, who has a rare auto-immune disease, inspired the team and lifted the Stanley Cup on the ice after the Game 7 win in Boston and at the rally.The Blues, entered the league in 1967, will raise their Stanley Cup banner Wednesday night before their home opener against the Washington Capitals.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide