The banner won't be lifted to the rafters until Thursday night's season opener against the Washington Capitals, but the Penguins got a head start on the celebration at a private ring ceremony yesterday. It was a full team affair, as the players and their significant others, coaches, hockey operations, and others gathered at the Heinz History Center.
After a cocktail hour to kick off the evening, a pair of videos kicked off the festivities: the Cup tribute video that will play before Thursday's game, and a blooper reel with a pre-recorded video introduction by Root Sports' Dan Potash. Following dinner, the players took the stage to receive their hard-earned championship rings. In a show of team unity, the players waited to open their ring boxes until each had been presented their onstage.
Designed by Jostens, the rings have over 300 diamonds at nearly 9 carats total. They feature the franchise's 4 Stanley Cups with 2016 called out on the one side, with the players' name and number alongside Pittsburgh Penguins on the other. The top of the ring simply reads “Stanley Cup Champions” around the team’s logo in the middle. The inside of the ring is inscribed with “Just Play” along with the results of each of the four series the team played.