Scuba diver finds Amerks legend's Hall of Fame ring in Canandaigua Lake

July 19, 2017 05:43 PM

"X" doesn't always mark the spot.

It's not often that we get treasure hunting stories in sports, but this quest for buried gold in Canandaigua Lake certainly fits -- like a perfectly-sized ring.

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"Right then and there I knew, here's a significant find," Gary Gavurnik says.

Gary Gavurnik has been searching for lost items for years. And with the help of his trusty metal detector, business has been good.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves: Our story begins on Canandaigua Lake -- or more specifically, scuba diving with a metal detector in Canandaigua Lake.

"I wanted to go where most people don't go," says Gavurnik. "So we threw the dive gear on and went out in deeper water."

On a day off around the Fourth of July, Gavurnik and a friend went diving with a metal detector. They weren't looking for anything in particular, but one item caught his eye.

"I was coming back to the boat and get a signal in my headphones and there it was, a ring, looks like a pretty good ring," he says. "I bring it up to the surface with my buddy and show it to him and we say 'holy cow, this is more than just a ring, this is sentimental to somebody who lost it. It's a Hall of Fame ring.'"

More specifically, it was Dick Gamble's American Hockey League Hall of Fame ring. The former Amerks career leading scorer was part of the 2007 AHL Hall of Fame class -- just the second class to ever be inducted.

Unlike many of the other rings he's found throughout the years, Gavurnik doesn't want to keep this ring.

"It has a better home than me sending it to a pawn shop or sitting in a box and me handing it down to someone in my family," he says. "It has a better home than that and it belongs to the owner and their family."

And that leads us to Gary Gavurnik's next hunt: He's looking for Dick Gamble. Gavurnik wants to return the ring personally to the Hall of Famer.


Rich Donnelly

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