There’s no imminent danger of Pittsburgh Penguins brass, including owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle, giving up their day jobs, but they have a jump start on new careers.
Aided by GM Ray Shero and coach Dan Bylsma, the duo helped design the 2009 Stanley Cup rings, presented to players, coaches and other staffers in a private ceremony Tuesday night.
While no Canadian team has forged their way to a Stanley Cup victory since the Montreal Canadiens in 1993, the rings have a northern touch.
Miran Armutlu, president and CEO of Calgary-based Intergold, which crafted the rings, said in a statement: "This ring was one of the most complex rings we have produced to date, requiring 23 separate dies to achieve our end result. It is truly symbolic of one of sport's ultimate achievements."