Versteeg to get Cup ring

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:19 PM ET

TORONTO - A Maple Leaf is getting a Stanley Cup ring Wednesday night, but the party’s on Rush St., not Bay St.

Ex-Blackhawk Kris Versteeg and all the players traded or let go by the salary-cap challenged Chicago management after the 2010 triumph are being invited back for a ring ceremony at a local hotel.

“I’m pretty excited to go and see what the ring is all about,” Versteeg said Tuesday at the MasterCard Centre.

Versteeg will miss the Leafs’ exhibition game in Ottawa, but he and defenceman Danny Richmond, a Hawks farmhand who was with the taxi squad, were given permission to attend by Toronto coach Ron Wilson.

“It’s classy of the Blackhawks because half their guys play on other teams,” Wilson said. “They’re getting the band together for one last song.”

If there’s an inscription on the jewel-encrusted ring, Versteeg hopes they get his surname right, unlike the first crack the Cup engraver took. When the Hawks received the updated trophy, it was spelled ‘Vertseeg’, but later corrected. The Cup has a long history of typos and months before, the joke around Versteeg’s family was that as an ex-Hawk with an unusual surname, his was a prime candidate to get wrong.

“It was pretty funny,” Versteeg said. “I may never be a legend in the game, but I’ll take whatever I can.”


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