Famous Custom Trophies Continued: The Stanley Cup

Continuing with our series on custom trophies, this article will take a look into the world of hockey. With 2019-2020 NHL season underway, teams are skating their way towards the Stanley Cup. However, the NHL didn’t always control the trophy. In fact, it was not until 1947 that the Stanley Cup became the official trophy of the National Hockey League. Here is a more in-depth look into the history behind the Cup.


The origins

During the year of 1888, Lord Stanley of Preston and his family took a great interest in ice hockey. Because of their love and involvement in the sport, it was taken to the next level with the introduction of a challenge. This change would shape what would later become the National Hockey League and the Stanley Cup.

The first cup was referred to as a “decorative punch bowl.” On one side, “Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup” was engraved. On the opposite side, “From Stanley of Preston.” The original intent was for the cup to be awarded to the top amateur hockey team in Canada. The winning team and year would be engraved into the cup, but would not become the property of the winner. Each year, the previous winning team was to hand the cup to the new champion.


Enter the NHL

In 1924, the United States for the National Hockey League. The league quickly became on the largest markets in the North East. In 1924, the NHL was granted control of the Stanley Cup. Although there have been several amendments to the regulations of the cup, the foundations remain intact.


Modern days

Each year, the Stanley Cup is awarded to the winning team of the National Hockey League. However, as one can imagine, the room in which to engrave the winning team has filled several times. The Stanley Cup has undergone several redesigns over the years. However, with each change, this custom trophy has become more impressive than its predecessor. Currently, the Cup stands at 35 ¼ inches tall and weighs 34 ½ pounds.



Even through alterations, amendments, and changes, traditions remain strong. One of the most famous traditions involved with the Stanley Cup is for the winning team to sip champagne from the cup. This tradition began in 1896 with the Winnipeg Victorias.


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