Friday, August 24, 2007

Leafs' buried treasure

Here's something that doesn't happen every day. A Florida treasure hunter discovered a Stanley Cup ring in the Gulf of Mexico. The ring originally belonged to Maple Leafs winger Jim Pappin (pictured), a member of the last Leafs team to capture the Cup.

Pappin gave the ring to his father in law, Peter Kyrzakos, after being traded to Chicago. Kyrzakos wore the ring until he lost it on a Florida vacation 30+ years ago.

Perhaps this could mark the end of the Leafs' Stanley Cup drought. After the body of Bill Barilko was found, Toronto immediately won the Cup, hence Pappin's ring. But nothing since Pappin ditched the bobble.

Is there a Jim Pappin curse? Will the Leafs' troubles end if he simply gets his ring back?

The Florida man who found the ring, Mark DesErmia, is willing to give it back to Pappin...if he comes up with a reward. Now that's class.

If I were a Leafs fan, I'd start taking up a collection.

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