Stolen memories for Alouettes defender

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:01 AM ET

CALGARY - When Shea Emry goes to McMahon Stadium, the ball yard sparks some great memories.

That's a good thing, because his constant reminder of the 2009 Grey Cup victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders is gone.

A day before the Montreal Alouettes middle linebacker was due to fly out of Vancouver for this June's training camp, a thief broke into his vehicle.

Emry's Grey Cup ring was stolen, and being that he was leaving home the next day, he could hardly go on a search for it.

"Two days later I got my second one," said Emry about the ring he received for the 2010 Alouettes victory over the Riders.

"It made it easier to deal with. The first one is the most important. It holds the most sentimental value. You work your whole life to get there."

Emry is still in the process of working out the insurance to get the ring replaced. The 25-year-old is a little busy right now trying to win games, so he's leaving the task with his parents.

No matter how much a replica will resemble the old one, it won't be the same.

Emry isn't holding out hope it gets returned to him.

In April, former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Dan Huclack had his stolen 1984 Grey Cup ring returned to him. Huclack was mugged in November, right before his son Cory lost to the Alouettes in the big game.

The circumstances of Emry's disappearing make him believe there won't be a change of heart from the thief. On his way to drop his stuff off at his parent's place for the season, Emry stopped in a shady area of Vancouver where there are plenty of desperate people on the street.

"Hopefully someone will put it on my doorstep," Emry said. "That's pretty lucky. I don't expect that to happen.

"I've been searching Craig's List or Kijiji to maybe come across it. It's pretty unique. You can't hide it when you wear it. It's a ring the size of your fist.

"Someone went into my car, looking for a couple bucks, found this thing and I'm sure went to their drug dealer. They probably melted it down. I'm assuming the worst.

"I don't want it to run my life. I put it in the past. At the time it happened, I realized how valuable everything is in my life. I have my health.

"It sucks to lose something so important to me. It would be so important to so many people who haven't had one. It makes me not take anything else for granted."

One thing is certain, Emry is taking greater care of his second ring. It's locked away somewhere safe.

He's not going to make the same mistake twice about leaving it unattended.

"I might be wearing it around but I dislocated my finger this year," Emry said with a laugh.

"It doesn't fit on my finger right now. It's a little sign from the football gods to put it away."


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