Making its way to the National Hockey League Stanley Cup final is a feat on his own, but finally raising the prestigious trophy above your head is the triumph of a lifetime. When players get the ring as a reminder of that very success, the value of it is unimaginable and incomparable.
So this story simply hurts our guts, and that's why we want to do our best to help this former NHL player.
It has been reported that Normand Lacombe has had his Stanley Cup ring was stolen from his vehicle in the Edmonton area on Saturday night. Lacombe, a part of the Edmonton Oilers’ title-winning team in 1988, took the ring off to play golf on Saturday and left it in his vehicle overnight outside his rural Spruce Grove home, an hour or so away from Edmonton.
Tragically, the retired right wing has confirmed that his 1988 Stanley Cup ring was stolen from his vehicle over the weekend. 30 years after hoisting the Cup, now Lacombe is sharing his story with local news and beyond to land help to recover his precious souvenir.
“[I’m] sick to my stomach,” he told CTV News. “It’s obviously sentimental value. My name is on it, my number.”
“You can’t replace a Stanley Cup ring,” Lacombe added. “[It’s] probably one of my favourite memories playing in the NHL. Everyone dreams to win a cup and I did and I have a ring, and I’d like it back.”
Lacombe ended up with the Oilers back in 1987 after he was traded from Buffalo Sabres with Wayne Van Dorp and future considerations to Edmonton for Lee Fogolin and Mark Napier. He did not suit up until the ’88 playoffs, when the team won its fourth Stanley Cup.
Despite the unfortunate situation, Lacombe hopes the person that stole his ring has honesty and respect and gives it back to him, seeing that the ring is his most prized hockey possession.
“I’m very optimistic,” he said. “That’s my nature anyway. I’m optimistic someone will bring it back.”
The report for CTV News confirms that Spruce Grove RCMP is investigating the theft and that a cash reward will be given to anyone who can help Lacombe get his ring back.
He was drafted in the first round, 10th overall, by the Sabres in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. After playing for Buffalo and the Oilers, Lacombe was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers, where he would spend the final season of his career, during the 1989-90 campaign.
In his NHL career, Lacombe took part in 319 games. He scored 53 goals and added 62 assists. He also played in 26 playoff games, all with Edmonton, tallying five goals and one assist.