When Allan Stone spent $25 on a Chicago Blackhawks charity raffle, he thought that was the last he'd hear of it.
Then, one night last month, Stone was watching a Blackhawks game on television when the phone rang. He could see "Blackhawks" on the caller ID. The caller on the other end was Rocky Wirtz.
The Blackhawks' owner was calling to let Stone know he'd won an official Blackhawks Stanley Cup ring as part of a raffle put out by the hockey organization in December, Stone said.
"He said this is Rocky Wirtz and I wanted to congratulate you because you won the raffle for the ring," Stone recalled. "I had almost forgotten I bought the raffle tickets, but as soon as he said that I couldn't say much more. I was pretty speechless for a while."
That was more than Stone expected from his $25 donation.
Stone, 65, is a lifelong Blackhawks fan whose parents were also fans of the team.
In addition to the ring, the raffle prize included four tickets to a recent game, Stone said, so he brought his wife and two grown children to the United Center.
The organization took care of him and his wife, he said, and the family enjoyed their time at the game.
"Just a real good experience," Stone said. "My kids enjoyed it. My wife enjoyed it."
The championship ring weighs about 96 grams, is made with 14-karat white gold and consists of 260 diamonds and gemstones totaling roughly 14.68 carats, according to a news release on the team's website.
The Blackhawks presented him with the ring in Wirtz's office, Stone said.
During that presentation, Blackhawks staff surprised Stone with an appearance by Bobby Hull, he said.
"I was a fan of Bobby Hull back in the 1960s when he was a youngster," Stone said, calling the moment "very special."
His wife is a longtime fan of Hull, too, and informed the legendary Blackhawks player that she'd had a crush on him in the 1960s. Hull gave her a kiss on the cheek, Stone said.
"That was real special for her too," Stone said.
Stone compared talking to Wirtz and Hull to talking with neighbors.
"(Hull) is a real nice gentleman. It was just like talking to our next-door neighbors," Stone said. "Real easy to talk to, real nice easy going, and Rocky Wirtz is the same way."
Stone, who is retired, said he doesn't wear the ring all the time because it's too heavy.
"I wouldn't walk down the street wearing it but I put it on during the game (Wednesday) night."