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Championship trophy awarded annually in the National Hockey League

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Stanley Cup: Championship trophy awarded annually in the National Hockey League
The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy awarded annually to the winner of the National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs. It is the oldest existing trophy to be awarded to a professional sports franchise, and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) considers it to be one of the "most important championships available to the sport". The trophy was commissioned in 1892 as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup and is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor General of Canada who donated it as an award to Canada's top-ranking amateur ice hockey club. The entire Stanley family supported the sport, the sons and daughters all playing and promoting the game. The first Cup was awarded in 1893 to Montreal Hockey Club, and winners from 1893 to 1914 were determined by challenge games and league play. Professional teams first became eligible to challenge for the Stanley Cup in 1906. In 1915, professional ice hockey organizations National Hockey Association (NHA) and the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) reached a gentlemen's agreement in which their respective champions would face each other annually for the Stanley Cup. It was established as the de facto championship trophy of the NHL in 1926 and then the de jure NHL championship prize in 1947.


How we screwed up in picking the Lightning to win the Stanley Cup

All four of USA TODAY Sports' NHL panelists picked the Lightning to win the Stanley Cup. Instead, they got swept in Round 1. What the heck happened?
USATODAY.com - Published

Orpik scores in OT, Capitals take 2-0 lead over Hurricanes

Brooks Orpik scored less than two minutes into overtime, Alex Ovechkin had two assists and the Washington Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 to give the defending Stanley Cup champions a 2-0..
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Videos for Stanley Cup

Can Anything Stop Tampa Bay From Winning the Stanley Cup? [Video]Can Anything Stop Tampa Bay From Winning the Stanley Cup?

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the heavy title favorites heading into the NHL playoffs, but will they take home Lord Stanley's cup? SI senior writer Alex Prewitt joins SI Now to discuss what, if anything,..

Credit: Sports Illustrated     Duration: 01:16Published


A 37-year-old goalie tops list of NHL playoffs' early winners and losers as quest for Stanley Cup hits full gear

The NHL playoffs are now in full force and some trends may have emerged. These are the early winners and losers on the quest for the Stanley Cup.
USATODAY.com - Published

Capitals survive surge from Hurricanes to win Game 1

Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin combined to score three goals on the first eight shots, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals survived a surge from the Carolina Hurricanes to..
USATODAY.com - Published

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs preview and how to watch

The first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs begins tonight
CBS News - Published

Trump tax returns, Stanley Cup playoffs, first-ever black hole photo: 5 things to know Wednesday

Deadline to provide six years of President Donald Trump's tax returns, Stanley Cup playoffs get underway and more things to start your Tuesday.
USATODAY.com - Published

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