A Familiar Ring

I grew up mostly in Chicago, so Jim Pappin always seemed like a Blackhawk to me. He had his best years in a Hawks sweater, skating on the famed MPH line with Pit Martin and Dennis Hull. Although he started his career with the Maple Leafs and later went off to wear the gaudy California Golden Seals uniform (and also toiled for the short-lived Cleveland Barons), I always picture him as No. 8 in a Hawks sweater.

I’d forgotten that he was one of the younger guys on the last Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup team, a Geritol-fueled bunch that wheezed its way past the Montreal Canadiens to claim the last Cup championship of the Original Six era. Pappin had the first of his eight 20-goal seasons in the NHL with the Leafs in 1966-67. He added seven goals and 15 points in a dozen postseason games to pace the Leafs in both categories.

That would be the only Stanley Cup title of Pappin’s career. He later gave his Cup championship ring to his father-in-law, and more or less forgot all about it.

Until three weeks ago.

Here’s the whole story.

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  1. […] Good Story of the Summer Last week a story about ex-Maple Leaf Jim Pappin’s 1967 Stanley Cup ring surfaced, along with the ring itself. A treasure hunter with a metal detector found Pappin’s ring in […]

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