It was worth the wait. In a ceremony delayed more than three months by an NHL lockout, the Los Angeles Kings finally raised their first Stanley Cup championship banner to the rafters of the Staples Center and claimed their hard-earned Tiffany & Co. rings.
The emotional ring presentation prior to the team's home opener on Saturday celebrated an historic 2012 season when the Cinderella team made an unlikely playoff run and became the first eighth-seeded team to capture the Cup.
The face of the championship rings includes 104 round brilliant diamonds pavé set in sterling silver. The Los Angeles Kings crest sits atop a bejeweled Stanley Cup, and the raised text, “STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS,” is set around the bezel.
The LA Kings iconic crown and player name in raised letters appear on one shank; and the LA Kings team name, the NHL logo, 16-4 record and the year 2012 appear on the opposite shank. The inside of the band is engraved with the Kings' win-loss record against its four playoff opponents.
This is the first time Tiffany & Co. has created an NHL championship ring. The company's choice of sterling silver was unusual for this type of ring, which typically is crafted in karat gold. A source close to the team confirmed that the rings are stamped AG925 (sterling silver) under the Tiffany & Co. logo.