October 11, 2012
The King Of The Rings
In the 1980s they renamed the Albertan capital city of Edmonton as "The City Of Champions."
Why? From 1978 through 1982 the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos won five consecutive Grey Cup championships. And then from 1984 through 1990 the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers won a total of five Stanley Cup championships.
To say it was a great time and place to be a sports fan is huge understatement! But could you imagine being a part of both the Warren Moon/Hugh Campbell's green and gold empire and Wayne Gretzky/Mark Messier's blue and orange dynasty?
That is exactly what the late Dr. Gordon Cameron did. From 1979 through 1993 he was team doctor for both teams and throughout both dynastys. Somehow he still found time to serve as an orthopaedic surgeon at the University of Alberta.
Through ten CFL/NHL championships the man everyone called "Doc" was given a championship ring. His link between the two made him a celebrity in his own right. He has so many championship rings that has been dubbed The King of the Rings. He was part of no fewer than fifteen (!) championships when you include his time with Team Canada (Canada Cup tournaments), the Edmonton Drillers soccer team, and Triple-A baseball's Edmonton Trappers.
Each of the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Eskimos championship rings are now up for sale individually in Classic Auctions Fall 2012 offering.
What an amazing chance to own a piece of history. Imagine the conversations started when you show off that 1984 Stanley Cup championship ring, bringing back all the memories of Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Paul Coffey and the Oilers rise to the top of the NHL. Or maybe you somehow land one of the Eskimos rings, recollecting the days of Warren Moon's brilliance before the NFL came calling.
Below are the direct links to each of the rings. Be sure the check out the stunning imagery in these offerings, and note how each ring differs. It is a fascinating journey through history.
Other notable championship rings in the current Classic Auctions set include 1972 Summit Series rings from Wayne Cashman, Marcel Dionne, and Dennis Hull. Cashman also has both his Stanley Cup championship rings up for grabs.
There are even a couple of Stanley Cup championship rings for the ladies. Wayne Cashman is making available this rare ladies 1972 Stanley Cup championship ring. This 2006 Carolina Hurricanes championship ring belonged to a lady in the front office.
On the more affordable side try this 1987 Medicine Hat Tigers Memorial Cup championship ring or, going back even further, this 1960 St. Catherines TeePees Memorial Cup ring.
Want to take a peek at the evolution of championship rings over the years? Then you must check out Montreal Canadiens player Bob Fillion's 1946 Stanley Cup championship ring. The Habs were given these rings by the city of Montreal.
The most notable championship rings of the entire Fall 2012 Classic Auctions offering might not even be from the world of hockey. That's because one of the hottest items up for bids is a set 1992 and 1993 Toronto Blue Jays World Series championship rings.
Classic Auctions is best known for its vast collections of hockey offerings. But there are well over 100 non-hockey items available in the Fall 2012 offering. Top items include: Tamara Press' 1960 Olympic gold medal (shot put) and a game worn Gary Carter Montreal Expos jersey.
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Actually if you lived in the city of Edmonton, you'd know the moniker of "City of Champions" was given by then mayor Lawrence Decore after the massive tornado in '87 that ripped through our city, killing 27 people and injuring 200 more.
It was in regards to the community's response to the tornado that he said that Edmonton was a "city of champions," That later became the city's official slogan that you see on the welcome signs leading into our city.
We may have had some great championship sporting teams in the 80's, but please, do a little more research before simplifying a city slogan....sometimes you may forget the real heroes.
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