Early this week, news broke young Anthony Thériaul may have found Elmer Lach's Stanley Cup Ring. But did he really?
According to the CBC, Anthony Thériaul found the ring while walking along Restigouche River, near Campbellton, N.B. Along the path, he’s discovered a ton of rocks, but a Stanley Cup ring is a first. Speaking in French, the child said, "I saw something shiny, and that was the bottom of the ring."
When Anthony brought the ring back to show dad Shawn, the man was definitely surprised. "I looked at it, this Stanley Cup ring that said 'Elmer Lach' on it, and then I started checking on it."
Lach played 14 seasons with the Canadiens, and was part of the Punch line with Maurice Richard and Toe Blake. The left-shooting centre won three Stanley Cups with the team. He also earned the MVP of the 1945 season, winning Hart Memorial Trophy.
After retiring in 1954 and being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966, the Canadiens retired his number 16 during the Centennial celebrations on December 4, 2009.
Needless to say, the little Habs fan may have discovered the ring of a lifetime.
After all, if the team legends fish near the same place, it's always a slim possibility, right? And considering the team won against the Boston Bruins in 1946, that'd be even better. Who wouldn't like to mock a rival team by making news?
Looking to verify age, identity and condition, Shawn and wife Geneviève called local jewelers. And if it's real, the family plans to "try to contact the family or the Montreal franchise to try to see what we can do with it." Pretty decent family all around, to seems.
Harrison Mooney from Puck Daddy busted the fantasy bubble, though. Turns out the ring was probably just a replica, easily purchased online.
Mooney reports Canadiens columnist Dave Stubbs confirmed the ring was a fake when a friend of the ring’s owner emailed the sports writer. And the ring isn't cheap, at $100 a copy, so it was an expensive find for a 7-year-old for sure.
Puck Dady also notes the ring "looks almost brand-new for a piece of jewelry that's supposedly almost 70 years old," and resembles modern design. The older designs looked less like a graduation ring meets Super Bowl piece of jewelry and more simple with a unique style.
So it makes sense if someone didn't dredge the lake to find the missing ring. It doesn't quite hold the same power or prestige. The owner's probably not happy about losing money at the bottom of a lake, though.
Plus, Lach told the Quebec Journal that he'd never been to lake. Kind of kills the possiblity all around, doesn't it? Yes, one may still be missing, but it's not guaranteed, and it'd be strange if ended up in New Brunswick.
Mooney suggests throwing "the ring back into the river, then hope it doesn't turn up again for another three years" so that another kid "can relive the entire thing."
But another route he boy may choose is to keep the ring, take it to school and show how he was briefly the talk of the hockey world this summer. How many kids get a story to tell like that?