The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) playoff winner. 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.
Jun 12, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; St. Louis Blues center Ryan O'Reilly (90) skates with the Conn Smythe Trophy after defeating the Boston Bruins in game seven of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden...
(Reuters) - The St. Louis Blues completed a most improbable journey and wiped out decades of misery by beating the Boston Bruins on Sunday to capture their first Stanley Cup and set off a celebration..
Even while battling a rare blood disorder, 11-year-old Laila Anderson's support of the St. Louis Blues never wavered. She got to celebrate their Stanley Cup win right next to her favorite player. Dean.. CBS News - Published
Laila Anderson, 11, became an inspiration for the St. Louis Blues during their Stanley Cup run as she battles a life-threatening autoimmune disorder. She was on the ice to celebrate with them after.. USATODAY.com - Published
Fans at a watch party at the Enterprise Center in downtown St. Louis celebrated Wednesday night after the NHL St. Louis Blues defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Boston to win the first Stanley Cup in.. USATODAY.com - Published Also reported by •CBS News