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PHOTO: Blackhawks receive 2015 Stanley Cup rings

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PHOTO: Blackhawks receive 2015 Stanley Cup rings

The Blackhawks officially had their names engraved on the Stanley Cup last week, and now they'll be strolling around Chicago with some shiny hardware on their fingers.

In a private ceremony in Chicago on Sunday night, the Blackhawks received their 2015 championship rings, and they're pretty amazing.

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Here are details on the ring via the Blackhawks:

The 2015 Stanley Cup Championship Ring boasts 355 round, pear, marquise and custom princess-cut diamonds all meticulously set in a 14 karat white gold ring. This collection of stones comes together to create a stunning all white ring which tops over 10.8 carats.

 

The ring top boasts the Blackhawks logo created with custom-cut diamonds sitting atop a bed of 50 custom princess-cut diamonds. The words STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS surrounds the top and bottom of the ring top, giving way to four shimmering rows of round pave-set diamonds. The four rows of diamonds are master set and cascade down the side of the ring in a waterfall effect.

 

The left side features all six Stanley Cup trophies the team has won. Round pave-set diamonds are stacked up to form the base of each trophy. The right side features the Blackhawks secondary logo created with pear and round pave-set diamonds, as well as each player’s name and number. Inside, the team’s motto of ONE GOAL is featured along with a silhouette of the trophy. The Blackhawks 2015 postseason opponents and series scores are also included.

Check out the pictures below. 

 

 

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Is Crawford ready to go?

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Is Crawford ready to go?

Jimmy Greenfield, Connor McKnight, and Matt Spiegel join Kap on the panel to discuss Corey Crawford back on the ice for the first time in 10 months. The Bears have good news when it comes to Khalil Mack, who injured his ankle against the Dolphins.

Plus, Fred Hoiberg announces that Jabari Parker is coming off the bench for the season opener.

Listen to the full episode here or via the embedded player below:

Niklas Hjalmarsson 'wasn't happy' about trade, but remembers time with Blackhawks fondly

Niklas Hjalmarsson 'wasn't happy' about trade, but remembers time with Blackhawks fondly

Apparently time doesn’t heal all wounds. 

Nearly a year and a half since being traded to the Coyotes, Niklas Hjalmarsson will return to the United Center ice on Thursday playing for the visiting team.  

“It’s going to be strange coming in as the away team and being in the other locker room,” said Hjalmarsson on Wednesday. “I bet it’s going to be a lot of emotions and mixed feelings.” 

This is also the first time Hjalmarsson has been back to the city of Chicago since he was traded, a city he called his “second home.” A home where he spent parts of 10 seasons, and never really planned on leaving.

“I wasn’t happy, to be honest with you,” said Hjalmarsson of the trade to Arizona. “I was shocked. It took me a couple days to actually realize I wasn’t going to play for the Hawks anymore.”

Including the playoffs, Hjalmarsson played 751 games in the Indian head sweater. Despite that and the team’s three Stanley Cup victories, the Blackhawks shipped him off to Arizona for Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin in June of 2017.

“You kind of let it go after a while,” he said. “Now I’m just hoping all the success for the guys over here too.”

Hjalmarsson was known for his toughness, repeatedly blocking shot after shot, giving up his body, while never missing a shift. He credits his long-time teammates — Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook — for a lot of his success and identity on the blue line.

“I couldn’t have had better role models coming into a team,” he said. “I’m very thankful to have played on the same team as those guys and created a lot of success together. We’re always going to be connected with the Cups that we’ve had.”

The third championship won by that defense-trio was on United Center ice against the Lightning in 2015, but that isn’t the memory that stands out most for Hjalmarsson.

“The first Cup is always going to be pretty special,” said the 31-year old. “Even just going to the conference final (in 2009), even when we lost against Detroit that year, the year before was great memories too. The first time for me going into the playoffs and playing deep.”

The tables have turned now for both Hjalmarsson and the Blackhawks. 

The Coyotes have yet to score an even-strength goal this season, while the Blackhawks have claimed eight of a possible 10 points thus far through five games and expect to have their starting goaltender back between the pipes. 

But you won’t hear any ill-will from Hjalmarsson, he’s still rooting for the Hawks.

“I always think that Chicago deserves to have a team in the playoffs,” he said. “It’s not that I wish them not to do well. It’s the total opposite. I want them to have continued success.”