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Stanley Cup History

Stanley Cup facts and figures. The story of the greatest trophy in sport.


Mario Lemieux with the Stanley Cup

Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrated their first Stanley Cup win in 1991.

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It stands three feet high and weighs about 35 pounds, was crafted in Sheffield, England and purchased for about 48 dollars in 1892. The Stanley Cup is the oldest and most revered trophy in professional sport, the only one that carries the name of every winning player. Above all, it is an article of worship for anyone who has ever chased a puck.

For a primer on how playoff teams are seeded, keys to Stanley Cup success, fantasy tips, and more, see the Stanley Cup Playoff Guide.

Complete List of Stanley Cup Champions
Starting with the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association in 1892, here are the Stanley Cup winners through the ages, including pre-NHL champions.

The Origin of the Stanley Cup
I have for some time been thinking that it would be a good thing if there were a challenge cup which should be held from year to year by the champion hockey team in the Dominion...
So said Lord Stanley, Earl of Preston, in 1892.

Stanley Cup MVPs
All the winners of the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded every year to the Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Longest Games in Stanley Cup History
Stanley Cup overtime keeps them skating into the wee hours.

The Longest Stanley Cup Droughts
The Toronto Maple Leafs haven't celebrated since 1967. But many other NHL teams have never won a Stanley Cup.

Unlikely Stanley Cup Heroes
The NHL players on this list would be remembered by almost nobody, if not for one very special Stanley Cup season.

Most Stanley Cup Wins by Teams
The Montreal Canadiens lead the way with 24 Stanley Cups. Here's the complete list of championship wins, ranked by team.

Most Stanley Cup Wins by Players
This list is dominated by Canadiens, but a guy who spent his career with the Red Wings and Maple Leafs won his share as well.

The Greatest Stanley Cup Comebacks
The list includes both single-game and best-of-seven comebacks.

Stanley Cup Trivia and Oddities
How many Cups are there? Why is no winner listed for 1919 or 2005? Plus much more.

Mistakes on the Stanley Cup
Engraving errors through the year, including ALEX BELVECCHIO and the BQSTQN BRUINS.

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