The Stanley Cup
The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy awarded annually to the NHL playoff winner. An annual award to the club finishing the regular season with the best overall record. His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, donated the trophy to the National Hockey League in 1924.
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.
Since 1958, five bands of championship names are engraved around the base of the Cup. When the rings become full, the oldest band is removed and preserved in Lord Stanley’s Vault at the Great Esso Hall in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The Stanley Cup (French: La Coupe Stanley) is the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) playoff champion. It is the oldest existing trophy to be awarded to a professional sports franchise in North America, and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) considers it to be one of the “most important championships available to the sport”.
The highest NHL honor is named for Lord Stanley of Preston, Canada’s sixth governor general (1888 to 1893) and an avid hockey fan. Deciding there needed to be an award honoring Canada’s best team, he bought a silver cup in London as a trophy. Lord Stanley wanted to name the accolade the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, but instead it was named after him.