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The Stanley Cup

It all started on March 18, 1892, at a dinner of the Ottawa Amateur Athletic Association. Lord Kilcoursie, a player on the Ottawa Rebels hockey club from Government House, delivered the following message on behalf of Lord Stanley, the Earl of Preston and Governor General of Canada:


"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 (of Canada).  

"There does not appear to be any such outward sign of a championship at present, and considering the general interest which matches now elicit, and the importance of having the game played fairly and under rules generally recognized, I am willing to give a cup which shall be held from year to year by the winning team." 

Shortly thereafter, Lord Stanley purchased a silver cup measuring 7 inches high by 11 inches across for the sum of 10 guineas (approximately $50); appointed two Ottawa gentlemen, Sheriff John Sweetland and Philip D. Ross, as trustees of that cup; and set the following preliminary conditions to govern the annual competition: 

The winners to return the Cup in good order when required by the trustees in order that it may be handed over to any other team which may win it. Each winning team to have the club name and year  engraved on a silver ring fitted on the Cup. The Cup to remain a challenge competition and not the property of any one team, even if won more than once. The trustees to maintain absolute authority in all situations or disputes over the winner of the Cup. A substitute trustee to be named in the event that one of the existing trustees drops out. 

The first winner of the Stanley Cup was the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) hockey club, champions of the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada for 1893. Ironically, Lord Stanley never witnessed a championship game nor attended a presentation his trophy, having returned to his native England in the midst of the 1893 season. Nevertheless, the quest for his trophy has become one of the world's most prestigious sporting competitions.

Related Links:   Ed Belfour's Stanley Cup Tour  www.nhl.com

Stanley Cup Winners: The Complete List of Stanley Cup Champions

2009-10 - Chicago Blackhawks

     

2008-09 - Pittsburgh Penguins

2007-08 - Detroit Red Wings

2006-07 - Anaheim Ducks

2005-06 - Carolina Hurricanes

2004-05 - Season cancelled due to labor dispute

2003-04 - Tampa Bay Lightning

2002-03 - New Jersey Devils

2001-02 - Detroit Red Wings

2000-01 - Colorado Avalanche

1999-2000 - New Jersey Devils

1998-99 - Dallas Stars

1997-98 - Detroit Red Wings

1996-97 - Detroit Red Wings

1995-96 - Colorado Avalanche

1994-95 - New Jersey Devils

1993-94 - New York Rangers

1992-93 - Montreal Canadians

1991-92 - Pittsburgh Penguins

1990-91 - Pittsburgh Penguins

1989-90 - Edmonton Oilers

1988-89 - Calgary Flames

1987-88 - Edmonton Oilers

1986-87 - Edmonton Oilers

1985-86 - Montreal Canadians

1984-85 - Edmonton Oilers

1983-84 - Edmonton Oilers

1982-83 - New York Islanders

1981-82 - New York Islanders

1980-81 - New York Islanders

1979-80 - New York Islanders

1978-79 - Montreal Canadians

1977-78 - Montreal Canadians

1976-77 - Montreal Canadians

1975-76 - Montreal Canadians

1974-75 - Philadelphia Flyers

1973-74 - Philadelphia Flyers

1972-73 - Montreal Canadians

1971-72 - Boston Bruins

1970-71 - Montreal Canadians

1969-70 - Boston Bruins

1968-69 - Montreal Canadians

1967-68 - Montreal Canadians

1966-67 - Toronto Maple Leafs

1965-66 - Montreal Canadians

1964-65 - Montreal Canadians

1963-64 - Toronto Maple Leafs

1962-63 - Toronto Maple Leafs

1961-62 - Toronto Maple Leafs

1960-61 - Chicago Blackhawks



1959-60 - Montreal Canadians

1958-59 - Montreal Canadians

1957-58 - Montreal Canadians

1956-57 - Montreal Canadians

1955-56 - Montreal Canadians

1954-55 - Detroit Red Wings

1953-54 - Detroit Red Wings

1952-53 - Montreal Canadians

1951-52 - Detroit Red Wings

1950-51 - Toronto Maple Leafs

1949-50 - Detroit Red Wings

1948-49 - Toronto Maple Leafs

1947-48 - Toronto Maple Leafs

1946-47 - Toronto Maple Leafs

1945-46 - Montreal Canadians

1944-45 - Toronto Maple Leafs

1943-44 - Montreal Canadians

1942-43 - Detroit Red Wings

1941-42 - Toronto Maple Leafs

1940-41 - Boston Bruins

1939-40 - New York Rangers

1938-39 - Boston Bruins

1937-38 - Chicago Black Hawks

1936-37 - Detroit Red Wings

1935-36 - Detroit Red Wings

1934-35 - Montreal Maroons

1933-34 - Chicago Black Hawks

1932-33 - New York Rangers

1931-32 - Toronto Maple Leafs

1930-31 - Montreal Canadians

1929-30 - Montreal Canadians

1928-29 - Boston Bruins

1927-28 - New York Rangers

1926-27 - Ottawa Senators

1925-26 - Montreal Maroons

1924-25 - Victoria Cougars

1923-24 - Montreal Canadians

1922-23 - Ottawa Senators

1921-22 - Toronto St. Pats

1920-21 - Ottawa Senators

1919-20 - Ottawa Senators

1918-19 - No decision

1917-18 - Toronto Arenas

1916-17 - Seattle Metropolitians

1915-16 - Montreal Canadians

1914-15 - Vancouver Millionaires

1913-14 - Toronto Blueshirts

1912-23 - Quebec Bulldogs

1911-12 - Quebec Bulldogs

1910-11 - Ottawa Senators

1909-10 - Montreal Wanderers

1908-09 - Ottawa Senators

1907-08 - Montreal Wanderers

1906-07 - Montreal Wanderers

1906-07 - Kenora Thistles

1905-06 - Montreal Wanderers

1905-06 - Ottawa Senators

1904-05 - Ottawa Senators

1903-04 - Ottawa Senators

1902-03 - Ottawa Senators

1902-03 - Montreal Amateur Athletic Association (AAA)

1901-02 - Montreal AAA

1901-02 - Winnipeg Victoria

1900-01 - Winnipeg Victoria

1899-1900 - Montreal Shamrocks

1898-99 - Montreal Shamrocks

1897-98 - Montreal Victorias

1896-97 - Montreal Victorias

1895-96 - Winnipeg Victorias

1895-96 - Montreal Victorias

1894-95 - Montreal Victorias

1893-94 - Montreal AAA

1892-93 - Montreal AAA
 


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