Their names already etched onto hockey's most sought-after prize, the members of the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins will gather Tuesday night to receive a gift they can show off forever, their Stanley Cup rings.
The Black and Gold bling isn't the only ring Boston sports teams have laid claim to in the past decade. In fact, the B's championship is one of seven titles that Hub teams have won since 2002, and each ring tells a story.
The 2001-02 Patriots ended Beantown's 16-year title drought thanks to their magical run to Super Bowl XXXVI and two seasons later, the Pats secured Super Bowl victory No. 2 when they edged the Panthers 32-29 in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Eighty-six years of torment and frustration were washed away in October of 2004 as the Red Sox pulled off the greatest comeback in baseball postseason history over the rival Yankees to reach the Fall Classic before making quick work of the NL champion Cardinals. They'd do it all again just three years later, beating the Rockies in 2007.
Just over three months after the Sox re-wrote their history, the Patriots were making their own history with a third title at Super Bowl XXXIX against the Eagles.
After two decades of struggles, the NBA's signature franchise returned to glory when the Celtics took home the Larry O'Brien Trophy as NBA champions. With new acquisitions Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen alongside captain Paul Pierce, the C's turned in the biggest turnaround in league history and defeated the rival Lakers in six games.
While every other major pro sports team was busy raising banners, the Bruins seemed mired in their own slump having not won a Cup since Bobby Orr's 1972 team defeated the Rangers. But behind Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas, the B's finally reclaimed hockey glory for Boston by defeating the Canucks in Game 7 to earn their first ring (to be debuted Tuesday night) in 39 years.
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