Historical Hockey Memorabilia Auction Winter 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/8/2017
With Guy Lafleur at the peak of his game, and the Big Three on D and Ken Dryden in goal, the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens are widely considered the best team ever. The Habs lost once at the Forum while going 60-8-12 for an NHL-record 132 points. Then they then won 12 of 14 playoff games, sweeping the Bruins in the final to win their 20th Stanley Cup. “NHL Champions” reads the bezel of this 1976-77 Stanley Cup championship ring that was presented to longtime trainer Eddy Palchak. It weighs approximately 36 grams and the tableau features 20 real diamonds set in the CH. The right shank has “Palchak” on top with “1977” and a Stanley Cup; “Club de Hockey Canadien, Champions Est East, 60-8-12” is on the left shank. Palchak's facsimile autograph and "Jostens 14K" are stamped inside the size 9 1/2 band. Wonderfully preserved with light surface scratches and some marks to the lettering on the bezel that are not apparent to the naked eye. Comes with its original presentation box and an appraisal letter from Classic Auctions.
Lafleur won the Hart, Art Ross and Conn Smythe trophies, and Steve Shutt, Larry Robinson and Ken Dryden joined him as members of the NHL First All-Star Team. They are among 11 members of the 1976-77 Canadiens who are in the Hockey Hall of Fame, including captain Yvan Cournoyer, Guy Lapointe, who was named to the Second All-Star Team, Serge Savard, Jacques Lemaire, Bob Gainey, coach Scotty Bowman and GM Sam Pollock.
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