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Coming full circle by Chris Lowrey

Chris Hayes displays the Stanley Cup ring it took him 46 years to get his hands on. Despite the fact that he didn’t get a ring, it’s not something he thought about at the time. “People weren’t that way back then, they weren’t flashy,” he said.

Chapeau native Chris Hayes, looking every bit a 1970s hockey player, was recently given a Stanley Cup ring for the lone game he played for the Boston Bruins in the 1972 playoffs. Longtime friend Hec Clouthier got in touch with the Boston Bruins ownership and within a few weeks, Hayes had his ring.

Nearly a half century after playing his first and only game with the National Hockey League’s Boston Bruins, Chapeau native Chris Hayes was finally given what was owed to him: his Stanley Cup Ring.
Hayes was playing in the Bruins’ farm system during the 1972 playoffs when he got the call to suit up for the big club against the St. Louis Blues in the semi-finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
As he recalls, he only played “spot duty” on an otherwise stacked lineup that included NHL greats like Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito and Wayne Cashman.
Despite the limited ice time, he played. Hayes suited up and his name was on the game sheet.
According to NHL rules, a player has to play in at least 41 regular season games or at least one Stanley Cup Final game in order to get their name engraved on the Stanley Cup.
That’s how Jiri Slegr of the Detroit Red Wings got his name on the 2002 Stanley Cup. His teammate, Jiri Fischer, was suspended for one game after he delivered an especially mean crosscheck.

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