Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/07/12 at 02:12 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Somewhere in a safety deposit box in Michigan sit Mike Knuble’s two Stanley Cup rings.
He gets them out to show the kids at his summer hockey camp every year. And his own kids, now ages 7, 10 and 11, like to try them on occasionally, feel their heft and marvel at the diamonds.
But there’s a reason these rings do not feature more prominently in Knuble’s life and the answer is both simple and reflective of the nature of the man: he doesn’t feel he has earned them.
At the time, in 1997 and 1998, Knuble was a member of the Detroit Red Wings. He did not play in the 1997 playoffs and in 1998 played just three postseason games but the Ilitch family, which owns the Wings, bestowed on Knuble and other players rings marking the back-to-back championships regardless. His name appears on the Cup for the 1998 win but for Knuble, “you’ve got a mental asterisk” when it comes to thinking about those championships, he said.
If anything, the experience of being at least peripherally involved in those championship runs has instilled a burning desire to return to that level again and this time make a difference.
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