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4/11/2018 2:12:52 PM

A man from Chapeau, just across the river from Pembroke, is thrilled to finally have his Stanley Cup ring - 46 years late. Until recently, Chris Hayes didn't know he was even entitled to a ring, as he only played in one playoff game with the 1972 Boston Bruins. They beat St. Louis 7-2 that night, giving them a 3-0 lead in the series that they went on to sweep, which was followed by a cup win against the Rangers. Hayes, also a former Pembroke Lumberking, was in the Bruins organization for a few years but injuries and an already stacked line up with heavyweights like Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito, kept him off the NHL ice.   Last fall, Hayes' long time friend, former MP Hec Clouthier approached Bruins ownership about Hayes' ring and the team arranged for one to be specially made for him using the 1972 design. The engraved ring with 18 diamonds arrived last week and Hayes told the Ottawa Citizen he's ecstatic. Hayes retired from hockey at age 28 and went on to work in banking.

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