Blackhawks unveil championship rings

The Chicago Blackhawks held a private ceremony in Chicago to distribute their 2013 Stanley Cup championship rings on Sunday.

The Blackhawks collaborated with Jostens, a Minnesota-based company, to design the rings.

Some of the Blackhawks’ players shared pictures of their rings and their thoughts about them on Twitter on Sunday.

Forward Bryan Bickell tweeted, "All I can say is, 'Wow.'" His tweet included a photo of his ring.

Forward Brandon Bollig tweeted, "Not too shabby for a small-town kid from Missouri. Amazing ceremony tonight." His tweet included a photo of himself wearing the ring while next to the Stanley Cup.

Forward Andrew Shaw tweeted, "My new baby!" He also included a photo of his ring.

According to a release by Jostens, "The spectacular ring is framed by the words ‘Stanley Cup’ and ‘Champions’ and features the iconic Blackhawks logo fashioned in round brilliant and marquis cut diamonds with custom-cut tapered rubies set on a background of 14 kt. white gold.

“The side design features seven baguette-cut rubies and two pear-shaped emeralds set in the shape of the Blackhawks’ secondary logo. This emblem is set against the background of a 'C' formed in yellow gold and yellow diamonds. Each ring is personalized with a championship team member’s name and respective number against an antique black background.

“The opposite side features five diamond-studded Stanley Cup trophies. Each one represents a championship title, and includes the years in which they were won, including 1934, 1938, 1961, 2010 and 2013.

“Intricate arboring on the inside of each player’s ring adds to the distinctive design, featuring the team’s motto: ‘One Goal,’ and the playoff series score. The total weight of the championship ring is 93.0 grams and includes 260 diamonds and gemstones totaling approximately 14.68 carats.”

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Saturday he was looking forward to the ceremony.

“It’s a great moment,” Quenneville said. “A good time to reflect as well. After the ceremony, let’s turn the page, and let’s get excited about this season.”

The Blackhawks’ season opener will be against the Washington Capitals at the United Center on Tuesday. The Blackhawks will raise their Stanley Cup championship banner before the game.