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Boy, 8, finds Lach's 1946 Stanley Cup ring? Or not

QMI Agency

A replica Elmer Lach Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup ring sold by Pristine Auction. (

A replica Elmer Lach Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup ring sold by Pristine Auction. (

An eight-year-old boy from New Brunswick may have found an interesting treasure while out for a swim – Elmer Lach’s 1946 Stanley Cup ring.

Anthony Theriault scooped up the piece of jewellery from the bottom of the Restigouche River near the town of Tide Head about two weeks ago.

The large, gold-coloured ring bears the initials and jersey number of the 96-year-old Montreal Canadiens legend, along with an engraving of the team’s logo and the year 1945-46,

How did a piece of history end up in a Maritimes river 68 years later? Unfortunately, the NHL championship token is likely a replica.

“I’ve never been there in my life!” Lach told QMI Agency of where the boy found the ring.

Lach’s stepdaughter, Denise Morel, said the former Habs centre had four Cup rings and one was lost.

But the one Theriault found appears to have a modern design. It’s also identical to a replica sold by Pristine Auction. Another auction company, Classic Auctions, sold a ring in 2012 billed as Bob Fillion’s original Cup ring from the same season that does not at all resemble the one in question.

L’Acadie Nouvelle, which originally published the discovery, reports a man contacted the French newspaper claiming it was a replica he bought for $90 at the Bell Centre. He provided a photo of him wearing the ring and said he lent it to a friend who lost it in the river while swimming. He also claimed to have reached out to an acquaintance of the Theriault family to let them know they can keep the ring.

Montreal Gazette columnist Dave Stubbs said Saturday he received an email from a reader who claims the ring is a replica worth $100 that was dropped into the Restigouche by a friend.

Theriault’s family is in the process of authenticating the ring, but early signs point to it being a bust.

* Thanks to Puck Daddy for finding the auction website links








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