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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 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.


NHL playoffs 2019: Second-round predictions

The first round of the NHL playoffs saw plenty of upsets; which teams will win the second round in their quest for the Stanley Cup? - Published

Hurricanes eliminate defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals in double-overtime Game 7

The Washington Capitals' hopes for a Stanley Cup title repeat were dashed after the Carolina Hurricanes pulled off a double-overtime Game 7 win. - Published

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


Predators disappointed after earliest playoff exit since '15

The Nashville Predators thought they had every piece in place for another long playoff run chasing the Stanley Cup and now are figuring out the issues with their earliest postseason exit since 2015. - Published

Stanley Cup playoff schedule: Results, dates, times, TV for NHL postseason

Upsets abound in first round of NHL playoffs; partial schedule released for second-round Western Conference games. - Published

NHL to purchase carbon offsets to counter playoff air travel

The National Hockey League said on Monday it would purchase carbon credits to offset airline emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases during the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Reuters - Published

Detroit Red Wings welcoming back Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman as new general manager

Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman will return to the Detroit Red Wings as GM. He played for the Wings from 1983-2006, winning three Stanley Cups as captain. - Published

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? - Published

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