Professional hockey player Brendan Gaunce has turned to Twitter in hopes of finding his brother and sister-in-law’s stolen Stanley Cup rings.
Brendan, who plays on the Utica Comets of the AHL, issued multiple tweets on Tuesday morning, seeking the public’s assistance in locating the stolen rings.
The rings belonged to his older brother, Cameron Gaunce, and Cameron’s wife, Andrea.
Cameron obtained the rings when the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2017. The defenceman, who now plays for the Syracuse Crunch AHL team, discovered the rings were stolen from his Etobicoke-area home on Monday night.
Brendan said the “recognizable” Stanley Cup rings were kept in a safe, but the culprits took the entire safe out of the home.
In an Instagram post, Andrea said the rings were of extreme sentimental value and asked for them to be returned to either them or the police. She requested for anyone with information to contact authorities and to bring awareness to the stolen items by sharing her post.
“We were devastated, of course. This is something that is extremely sentimental to us. One of the things that plays factor is that we’re not sure it could be replaced,” Andrea told Global News on Wednesday.
“ represent a highlight in his career. A lot of people play hockey for years and never win a championship cup.”
Andrea said they had hoped to have the rings in their family for a number of years.
She called the whole situation and invasion of privacy.
“It feels like you’ve been betrayed and you’ve almost lost faith in humanity,” she said. “That someone would want to go through all of your personal belongings and take all of your valuable items for their benefit.”
Andrea said that her mom also lost a lot of heirlooms in the heist.
“It’s just really awful for the entire family.”
Toronto police said one of the rings is a men’s size, silver in colour, engraved with the team and National Hockey League logos, the name “Gaunce” and the number 24.
The second ring is a women’s size, silver in colour, and is engraved with the team and National Hockey League logos.
— with files from The Canadian Press
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