Feel 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 the Gulf of Mexico. Today brings news that the story has reached a happy ending. Pappin’s ring is going back to him, and the the treasure hunter has earned a reward for his find. Even better, the treasure hunter (Mark DesErmia) accepted far less money to give the ring back to Pappin than he could have gotten had he put the prize on the open market and let collectors have at it.

“I told everyone that I want to be able to look back on this years from now and feel good about it and know that I did the right thing,” said DesErmia.

That’s nice to hear in an era where such sentiments are seldom uttered. Good for Pappin, good for DesErmia. And who knows? Maybe some of that good karma can help the Leafs shake off their 40-year Cup drought.

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4 Comments on “Feel Good Story of the Summer”

  1. TJ Says:

    Mike cmon, f the leafs what about the Caps cup drought.

  2. dumpnchase Says:

    TJ,
    I’ve got nothing against the Leafs. And their drought is a little bit longer than the Caps’ is. That said, I’d bet on the Caps winning a Cup before the Leafs do.

  3. TJ Says:

    True, But they have actually won the Cup as opposed to the Caps…

    Nice story though, man how do you loose a stanley cup ring. Id keep that think under lock and safe. Id only wear it at very special occasions.

  4. dumpnchase Says:

    They have won Cups, 13 of them. But 11 of them came during the days where there were only six (and sometimes even fewer) teams in the league. They won a Cup in an eight-team NHL in 1932 and a seven-team circuit in 1942.

    Not sure if you saw the original story, but it was Pappin’s father-in-law who lost the ring. But yeah, I’d keep it under lock and key and would rarely wear it out.


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