Darryl Sutter said the other day he couldn’t see himself wearing his championship ring in public, thinking it might get caught on a wire fence on the family’s farm in Viking, Alberta. He could see it getting caught on a saddle horn. Or getting damaged beyond repair with grease from a tractor.
The Kings coach smiled wryly and shrugged at the though of wearing it on the farm.
When he actually received his ring, when the Kings handed them out to their players, coaches and staff members before facing the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, Sutter didn’t even peek inside the box to take a look. It’s not that he’s ungrateful. It’s just that the diamond-encrusted gem isn’t his style.
“I haven’t even thought about it,” Sutter said after the game. “I thought it was nice way to give it to us (before the game). I thought that was pretty cool. Then the guys got to see them. I haven’t even looked in the box. I haven’t seen it. I’m not a jewelry guy.”
Sutter then showed off a watch he was given while coaching the Blackhawks in the 1990s.
“So that’s how old that is,” he said, nodding at the simple gold watch with a black leather band.