Capitals’ Kuemper, Aube-Kubel receive Stanley Cup rings from Avalanche

Capitals’ Kuemper, Aube-Kubel receive rings from Avalanche originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Darcy Kuemper spent months trying to avoid getting a good look at the Colorado Avalanche’s Stanley Cup rings. Now playing for the Capitals, the veteran goaltender had to wait a little longer than his former teammates to get his ring and he didn’t want any spoilers.

He almost made it to Saturday’s game against his former club without seeing it until the Capitals included a photo of it in their pre-scout video. Though it may have made the final reveal less of a surprise, his long wait of seeing it in person ended after Colorado’s 4-0 win when the Avalanche presented him and winger Nicolas Aube-Kubel with their rings.

“It was really special,” Kuemper said after practice Sunday. “I don’t know if I ever dreamed about putting on a ring like you dream about hoisting the Cup, but now it’s kind of a keepsake that you’ll have forever and remind you of that special year and, yeah, it’s awesome.”

The ring was enclosed inside a box that played a video showing highlights from the Avalanche’s post-championship celebration, including Aube-Kubel denting the Stanley Cup when he tripped skating over to take a team photo. Kuemper admitted that he watched the video a couple more times after he got home.

“I think that might have been the coolest part, to be honest, just kind of opening that up and watching and reliving those moments on the ice right after we won,” Kuemper said. “So that was pretty special.”