Ballard's Stanley Cup ring stolen

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:07 AM ET

Police are investigating the theft of a Stanley Cup ring in the tiny township of Tiny Township, about an hour north of Toronto.

The ring was taken from the home of the late Harold Ballard's son sometime between Oct. 13 and Oct. 20, while he was away.

The ring is described as gold in colour with the Stanley Cup symbol on its face and the years of four Toronto Maple Leaf Stanley Cup wins (1961-62; 1962-63; 1963-64; and 1966-67) on the sides.

"Harold Ballard" is inscribed on the inside.

Const. David Hobson called the custom-made ring "priceless and irreplaceable."

"The home was secured and the ring was stored safely," he said.

Ballard owned both the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Maple Leaf Gardens.

He was a member of the Leafs organization from 1940 up until his death

in April 1990. During the 1960s, the Leafs won the cup four times in six seasons, so rings were engraved with the dates of the winning years instead of handing out new rings.

Any thief trying to pawn it would be on very thin ice.

"It's a very unique and identifiable ring because of its markings," Hobson told QMI Agency. "I would think it would be a difficult item to sell on eBay once the media and general public are aware it was stolen."

The homeowner was unable to provide a photo of the ring.

A Rolex watch was also taken in the theft.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at crimestopperssdm.com.


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