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While we can think of happier nicknames, Mel “Sudden Death” Hill wore the moniker with pride and distinction, leaving little need to embellish the miraculous feat he pulled off in the 1939 Stanley Cup Finals between his Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers. It began right off the bat, or stick, in Game 1, which went into OT. Bruin coach Art Ross ordered his players to feed the little-known Hill and late in the 3rd sudden death period Hill took a pass from Bill Cowley and beat goalie Davey Kerr for the win. Remarkably, the same combination would end an OT thriller in Game 2 -- and yet another in the climactic Game 7! Hill’s heroics carried the Bruins like a zephyr into the Finals against the Maple Leafs, which they aced in 5 to cop their 2nd Cup championship. From then on, “Sudden Death” Hill had his legacy and his nickname, which he took with him to the Maple Leafs when he went north in 1942. Hill was a fine good-luck charm, enjoying another Cup victory in 1944-45. From his estate, we take just as much pride to offer Hill’s championship ring from that season. At that time, Leaf Management was on the stingy side and did not offer Champs rings to its players. In the early 1960’s the Leafs Alumni Association honored the past Cup Champions with this one of a kind gold ring, one of the rarest of Stanley Cup-winning rings on Earth. The simply gorgeous and gorgeously simple ring is a 10K beauty with a glittering diamond stone in the center set against an engraved maple leaf and nearly surrounded by a black horseshoe with “Maple Leafs World Champions” printed in gold. Mel Hill wore this ring everyday from the time it was bestowed upon him. Underneath is engraved “1944-45”. Right shank is engraved “Mel Hill” and right shank “1944-45.” Ring is in NRMT condition, with the surface smooth and shiny with a few scratches here and there, which would be all but invisible with a good buffing. Size 9.5. Long live the memory of “Sudden Death” Hill!
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