The amount of thought that went into the ring is unbelievable - the Blues have a breakdown of all of the symbolism here. A lot of it is clear - the wins inside, the Play Gloria on the outside, but somethings stand out that might make this ring a little more special than both:
The left side of the ring pays tribute to the strong connection between players and fans, with both featured celebrating with the Cup. The name of each player is highlighted, along with their jersey number set in diamonds. A pair of Blues logos crafted from custom-colored enamel provide a contrasting splash of color on the white and yellow gold backdrop. A final element to the ring’s left side is the championship year date of 2019.
The ring’s right side honors the bond between the Blues, their fans and the city of St. Louis. The Blues wordmark logo, crafted in contrasting yellow gold, appears at the top of the right side. Intricately detailed music notes for the song “When the Blues Go Marching In” are also featured. The music notes flow through the iconic St. Louis Arch, formed by 16 diamonds, again representing the number of victories earned in the playoffs. The scene is inspired from photos taken from an overhead blimp during the city’s championship parade celebration. A mix of 76 diamonds and 15 sapphires represent the massive crowd turnout that surrounded the stage, celebrating the historic victory.
Directly beneath the logo, each player has their personal signature engraved. Also engraved is the name LAILA, which is found along the interior of the palm. A season-long source of inspiration, Laila played a central role in the championship journey shared by the organization and fans.
The Blues incorporated the fans, the huge parade crowd, and Laila Anderson into their ring. Just like with the parade celebration, the Blues have made this about everyone, not just the players. The city waited 52 years for this. Fans waited their whole lives. Former players have passed on, other former players partied as hard (if not harder, Brett) as the guys on the team. The Blues won the Cup, but for this season, the trophy - and the celebration - belongs to all of us.
You can go on and on about what a class move that is, because “classy” is a word that’s used so much in relation to hockey that it’s lost every ounce of meaning at this point. This isn’t just classy of the team. This is gracious.