Montreal, June 3, 2011 – The players, coaches, staff and management of the Montreal Alouettes received their 2010 Grey Cup Championship rings tonight during a grand ceremony presided over by team owner Robert C. Wetenhall at a downtown Montreal hotel.
Wetenhall was proud to present the rings to his team, honouring them for winning their second Grey Cup championship in as many years. Last November, the Alouettes beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 21-18 in the final game of the season.
Two Grey Cups can be found on the ring, representing the back-to-back championship seasons that the Alouettes are coming off of, a rare feat in the world of professional sports. The ring also features three large diamonds, representing the three championships that the team won while under the governance of Bob Wetenhall (2002, 2009 and 2010), and four smaller diamonds, representing the other four championships in Alouettes history.
A 3D Alouettes logo is featured on the top of the ring, and 14 diamonds represent each of the team’s wins in 2010. Furthermore, each player can also find their picture, name, and number engraved on one side of the ring, a first for a CFL championship ring.
A committee of four people consisting of Alouettes Vice-President and General Manager Jim Popp, along with players Anthony Calvillo, Scott Flory and Anwar Stewart helped design the ring; this was also the case for the 2009 ring.
Camp starts Sunday
Following tonight’s celebrations, the team’s focus will shift squarely towards training camp, which begins this Sunday at Coulter Field at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke. Fans are invited to join the team for opening day festivities, starting at 10:30 a.m.
The Alouettes will then play their first pre-season game at home this June 16 at Percival Molson Stadium, when they host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at 7:30 p.m.