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Lord Stanley of Preston must have been a hockey fan, because in 1892 the Canadian Governor-General paid about $50 for a trophy and declared it a "challenge cup" to be held by the best amateur hockey team in Canada. It came to be known, naturally, as the Stanley Cup.

In its early days the Stanley Cup was not the property of any single hockey league. As a challenge cup, it changed hands in much the same way as a boxing title. The Cup-holders accepted challenges from other clubs and kept it as long as they could fend off all comers. This is why some years show more than one Stanley Cup winner.

The Stanley Cup officially turned pro in 1910, when the National Hockey Association took possession of it. Since 1926 it has been the exclusive prize of the champions of the National Hockey League.
Stanley Cup Winning ROSTERS
Stanley Cup Winning GOALS
The Stanley Cup: A History of Abuse and Neglect

"One of the great rules of hockey is: On the Stanley Cup, all germs are healthy."
--George Vecsey, The New York Times, June 11, 1999

I got to touch the Stanley Cup. Me. I've ice skated only once in my life, I've never played a real game of hockey, I hadn't even seen a hockey game on television until high school (1990) and I didn't see one in person until January 1999. Still, I touched something that I imagine most serious hockey players don't get to touch their entire lives--the oldest trophy that can be won by professional athletes in North America, the Stanley Cup.

How did I get to touch the cup? In 1998, the Detroit Red Wings won their second consecutive Cup. Every member of the winning team gets the Cup and its entourage of bodyguards for twenty-four hours in the subsequent summer. One of the Red Wings on that '98 team, Grand Rapids Michigan-native Mike Knuble (actually, he's from the Grand Rapids suburb of Kentwood, but why fret over details?), brought the Cup to his old high school, East Kentwood High School. Though I write these words in Chicago, I'm originally from Grand Rapids, and I happened to be in town the same time as the Cup. Up to 500 fans (four of whom were me, my sister Michelle, and my cousins Adam and Kristy) were, upon paying an admission fee, allowed to touch it and take a snapshot or two with it and spend a grand total of maybe 10 seconds with the Cup.

(Good thing I took the chance when I had it. Three weeks after he came with the Cup, Mike Knuble was traded away from the Wings to the New York Rangers.)

In my few seconds with the Cup, the thing that struck me most about it was that it felt...fragile. The Stanley Cup had a consistency that honestly made me think of tin foil, thin and not the least bit resilient. I know otherwise that it's plenty resilient, but still I couldn't help but be astonished and think that this trophy, probably more than any other trophy in history, went To Hell And Back.

The fact that it has makes its history all the more amazing.

The Stanley behind the Stanley Cup was Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor General of Canada (the Queen's Representative to the Dominion of Canada), the sixth in the long regal line. If you think that's a mouthful, Stanley's full title was the Monty-Python-esque "Right Honourable Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, Baron Stanley of Preston, in the County of Lancaster, in the Peerage of Great Britain, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath." (inhale)

Stan The Man became interested in hockey during his stint as Governor General from 1888 to 1893. He offered to pay 10 guineas for a trophy to be used as a challenge cup rewarding the best amateur hockey teams in Canada and first awarded for the 1893-94 hockey season. (Depending on the source you look at, that 10 guineas amounts to either $48.33 or $48.67. Canadian cash, remember.)

An Aide to Stanley bought the Cup itself, which (depending on the source) was made by a silversmith or silversmiths (we don't know who they were) from London or Sheffield. The Cup was more like a bowl--a gold-lined silver bowl on an ebony base, measuring seven inches high and 11-1/2-inches in diameter. (One source lists the original height at 7 1/2 inches.) For about 40 years, Lord Stanley's silver bowl was the entire trophy, but players on championship teams began scratching their initials on the bowl. In response, sometime in the 1940s silver bands were added to the bottom of the bowl with all the names on winning teams engraved on them. The trophy grew to its present height of 35-1/4 inches (or 35-1/2 inches, depending on the source or the ruler) with a base 54 inches in circumferences. It weighs 32 pounds, though, in the words of an ESPN sportscaster, "when you win it, it is but a feather."

Though Stanley wanted his Cup to be the domain of amateur hockey players, professional leagues would eventually elbow their way in. (Amateur teams competed for the Cup until 1910, when the professional National Hockey Association (NHA) was formed, which in 1917 became the National Hockey League (NHL), whose teams competed for the Cup against teams from other [mostly western] pro leagues until 1926. By that time, the other leagues had folded, thus making the Stanley Cup the exclusive domain of the NHL.) In fact, Lord Stanley, later Earl of Derby, returned to England ten months before the first Stanley Cup playoff. Ironically, he never saw a Stanley Cup game.

Lord Stanley effectively abandoned his Cup. He wouldn't be the last person to do so.

OTTAWA, 1903. A member of Ottawa's Silver Seven took the Cup home. The teammates found out, a scuffle ensued, and the Cup was tossed into a cemetery.

OTTAWA, 1905. After the Ottawa Silver Seven won the Stanley Cup, one celebrant boasted he could kick it across the frozen-at-the-time Rideau Canal (which links Ottawa on the Ottawa River with Kingston on Lake Ontario). In a day when the Cup was a football-sized bowl and when most hockey players also played rugby, he proceeded to drop kick it into the frozen canal. (Some sources list it as being submerged, however read on.) The partyers proceeded to party elsewhere, leaving the Cup behind. The next morning, the players realized that the Cup was still at the Canal, so they headed to recover the Cup and fortunately found it right where they left it On Colden Pond (or canal).

Abandonment came, abuse (or at least some really weird treatment) followed.

MONTREAL(?), 1906 or 1907. A Montreal club (possibly the Wanderers) wanted its picture taken with the Cup in the studio of photographer Jimmy Rice. After taking the photo, the team left, and the team left behind the Cup. It stayed in the studio for some months until Rice's mother (some sources say it was his wife or his housekeeper or his cleaning lady) used it as a vase, as it held red geraniums in the Studio window.

KENORA (?), ONTARIO, 1907. The Kenora Thistles were forbidden to use two players in the 1907 series. A team official took the Cup and said, "I'm going to throw it in Lake of the Woods." He didn't.

MONTREAL, CIRCA 1910. One of the then-champion Montreal Wanderers operated a St. Catherine Street Bowling Alley, where the Cup was "lodged in a showcase, heaped big with chewing gum to entice prospective buyers."

MONTREAL, 1924. The Montreal Canadiens went to Leo Dandurand's home for a champagne party. The car carrying the Cup had tire blow out, and the car's occupants put it on the side of the road while they stopped for repairs. After the repair, they drove off without the Cup. They realized this when only when they arrived at their destination, and they immediately left to retrace their route to try to find the Cup. They found it a mile and a half away from Dandurand's home--exactly where they left it.

OTTAWA, 1927. The Ottawa Senators won it, and it spent much of the year's summer in King Clancy's living room, where it served as a receptacle for everthing including letters, bills, chewing gum, and cigar butts.

NEW YORK CITY (?), 1940. After the New York Rangers won the cup, Hall of Famer Lynn Patrick and teammates celebrated by urinating in it.

MONTREAL, 1947. With Montreal trailing three games to two in the best-of-seven Cup final, Conn Smythe left the Cup in Montreal after the fifth game of the finals even though game six was slated for Toronto. This would make easier the celebration of a game seven win in Montreal. Problem is, Toronto won game six at Maple Leaf Gardens, thereby winning the Cup which was still in Montreal.

CHICAGO, 1962. When the Montreal Canadiens were losing in the playoff semifinals to the then-defending-Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks, a Montreal fan went to the the Chicago-Stadium-lobby display case where the Cup was kept, took the Cup and headed for the door. The thief almost reached the street before being stopped by a stadium police officer Later, the fan said "I was taking the Cup back to Montreal, where it belongs."

TORONTO, LATE 1960s and 1970. The Cup was stolen twice from Hockey Hall of Fame in the late 1960s. (On December 5, 1970, Burglars stole the Cup along with the Conn Smythe trophy and the Bill Masterston Memorial Trophy.) Police would recover the trophies each time. One thief threatened to throw the Cup into Lake Ontario unless the charges were dropped.

NEW YORK CITY(?), 1980. Clark Gillies of the 1980 New York Islanders allowed his dog to eat from it. Gillies said, "He's a nice dog." Islander Bryan Trottier took the Cup with him to bed. He said, "I wanted to wake up and find it right beside me. I didn't want to think I'd just dreamed of this happening."

MONTREAL(?), 1986. Chris Nilan of the champion Canadiens photographed the Cup in 1986 with his infant son in it. Nilan said, "His bottom fit right in."

EDMONTON, 1987. The night after the Edmonton Oilers won the Cup, one of them [likely Mark Messier] placed it on stage with an exotic dancer at the Forum Inn, an Edmonton strip joint just across the street from the Northlands Coliseum. Messier took the Cup to various night spots and let fans drink from it.

BOSTON, 1988. During the 1988 finals, two Harvard seniors served as security and guarded the Cup in Boston's Ritz-Carlton hotel.

NEW YORK CITY, 1994. New Yorkers savored the Cup when the Rangers won for the first time in 54 years. As Sports illustrated told it: "Like a loose puck it has been slapped from bar to nightclub to ballpark to ballroom to racetrack to squad car to firehouse to strip joint. Along the way it has been kissed, petted, hugged, massaged, fondled and shaken in exultation by thousands of fans. Many have taken sips from its ample bowl. 'God only knows whose lips have been on that thing,' says Bruce Lifrieri, the Rangers' massage therapist. " The litany of hijinks in New York alone deserves a webpage of its own:

Mark Messier and Brian Leetch brought the Cup on The Late Show with David Letterman and did Stupid Cup Tricks.

Ed Olczyk brought it to Belmont racetrack and let 1994-Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin use it as a feed bag.

Brian Noonan and Nick Kypreos brought the Cup on MTV Prime Time Beach House where it was stuffed with raw clams and oysters. (On the show, Noonan denied he had used the Cup as a rolling pin to make muffins. Kypreos denied playing kick the can with it.)

Messier took the Cup to Scores, an East Side strip joint. Scores spokesman Lonnie Hanover said, "It was the first time I'd seen our customers eager to touch something besides our dancers,"

The Cup went to a Ranger victory party at a Manhattan saloon called the Auction House, where it stopped traffic, started parades, and was drunk out of by everyone in sight until the bar was effectively down to backwash (but that probably wouldn't have stopped them).

After a ticker-tape parade up Broadway, and some time at McSorley's bar, a cop named Jim Jones (different guy) strapped a seat belt around the Cup in his squad car and delivered it to another engagement.

The Cup was taken to a Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, where it watched the game from George Steinbrenner's luxury box. The Yankee fans at the game cheered "Let's Go Rangers!" (That same day, the Cup visited Brian Bluver, a 13-year-old patient awaiting a heart transplant at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. According to his father, Brian "smiled for the first time in seven weeks". A week and a half later Brian had 11th-hour heart surgery.)

The enthusiasm was so great that Stanley went in to a Montreal silversmith to repair its cracked bowl, loose base, and dented body. (It wasn't the first time--after a rough-and-tumble summer with the Oilers in 1988, the Cup went in to an auto body shop for reconstructive surgery. Messier really knows how to bang up a trophy.) Indeed, in the words of Sport Illustrated's Franz Lidz, "Roughhousing is part of the trophy's tradition."

The Cup was reputedly dismantled (by whom, when, where, how and for how long, I don't know--though it might have been done on numerous occasions).

The Cup was reputedly used as a peanut dish (by whom, when and where, I don't know--though it might have been done on numerous occasions).

In 1991, The Cup was found at the bottom of Pittsburgh Penguin Mario Lemieux's swimming pool. (Lemieux also once brought the Cup with him to bed.)

It was reputedly dumped in a snowdrift (by whom, when and where, I don't know--though it might have been done on numerous occasions).

The Cup has starred in its own beer commercial.

The Cup also lay at the bottom of Patrick Roy's pool.

Stefan Lefebrve had his son baptized in the Cup.

During the two summers of 1997 and 1998 when the Red Wings won the cup, the Cup went golfing with Darren McCarty, to the shower with Steve Yzerman, bowling with Martin Lapointe and visited Moscow with Slava Fetisov, Slava Kozlov, and Igor Larionov.

In the 1990's, the Cup would pay other visits overseas. In 1996, it went to a European player's home for the first time--Ornskoldvik, Sweden, with Colorado player Peter Forsberg. However, the following AP report appeared in the July 27, 1999, New York Times: "For the first time in its history, the Stanley Cup has traveled outside North America or Russia, landing in Prague yesterday. The trophy was taken over for a day by Czech goalie Roman Turek, a member of [the 1999] Stanley Cup-winning Dallas [Asterisks--I mean] Stars. Turek said he would take the cup to to his hometown of Ceske Budejovice, 100 miles south of Prague. The cup, guarded by two National Hockey League bodyguards who arrived with it, will be exhibited at the main square of the town of 100,000."
AND TODAY.... As alluded to above, the Cup now has its own entourage. After the Rangers and their fans had their fun with the cup in 1994, the NHL--angry over the repairs that were required--mandated a round-the-clock security force. They're called the "cup cops", at least one of whom is supposed to accompany the Cup at all times. It appears the "neglect" chapter of the Cup's history is effectively over.

The abuse/roughhousing chapter won't end (Messier might win the Cup again as a coach or something), nor should it out of fear of slighting a vaunted and historic object. Like all of us, it has its own share of imperfections. You can see typos like the New York Ilanders, Toronto Maple Leaes, Bqstqn Bruins, and four versions of Jacques Plante. Moreover, the Cup that I touched and that everyone reboots over isn't even the original Stanley Cup.

You see, sometime in the early-to-mid 1960s (probably 1962), the bowl atop the Cup was replaced with exact duplicate made over several weeks by Montreal silversmith Carl Petersen. For three years, this fact was only known by Peterson and several NHL officials. The original bowl was retired in 1970 and now rests in a vault in the Hockey Hall of Fame, where you can still see it but not touch it.

The rest of the Cup changes too. The rings that comprise the base of the Cup are eventually retired to make room for new teams. Older rings are retired to the Hockey Hall of Fame (before we start calling it The Stanley Missile) where all but one of the original rings remain. (One legend says that that missing ring was stolen by a Canadien who melted it into a trophy for Montreal coach Toe Blake. That ring was supposedly targeted because it had the names of the 1929-30 Boston Bruins.)

The Cup has five rings connected, each with room for 13 teams, so if you're lucky enough to get your name on the Cup, your name will stay on the Cup for 64 years. That is, unless you're the father of Peter Pocklington (the owner of the Edmonton Oilers) who somehow got his name on the Cup and had his name crossed out when NHL officials ruled that he had absolutely nothing to do with the Oilers. Part of the 1984 listing is forever marked with "XXXXXXX".

After more than a century, the Stanley Cup can take whatever people can dish it out. It's maintains a hectic schedule, travelling nearly 300 days a year, including the White House and Red Square, and everywhere in between. Who knew that a 10-guinea investment would turn out to endure so long and captivate so many people? The Stanley Cup is insured for $75,000, but for so many, spending a summer or a day or a moment with arguably the most cherished trophy in sport is, to steal a phrase from a credit card commercial, priceless.

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The Holy Grail of Hockey - Stanley Cup Champions
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Year Winner Loser Conn-Smythe Trophy Series Victory Winning Coach Losing Coach
2013 Chicago Black Hawks 4 Boston Bruins 2 Patrick Kane (WLLWWW) Joel Quenneville Claude Julien
2012 Los Angeles Kings 4 New Jersey Devils 2 Jonathan Quick WWWLLW Darryl Sutter Pete Deboer
2011 Boston Bruins 4 Vancouver Canucks 3 Tim Thomas (LLWWLWW) Claude Julien Alain Vigneault
2010 Chicago Blackhawks 4 Philadelphia Flyers 2 Jonathan Toews (WWLLWW) Joel Quenneville Peter Laviolette
2009 Pittsburgh Penguins 4 Detroit Red Wings 3 Evgeni Malkin (LLWWLWW) Dan Bylsma Mike Babcock
2008 Detroit Red Wings 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 2 Henrik Zetterberg (WWLWLW) Mike Babcock Michel Therrien
2007 Anaheim Ducks 4 Ottawa Senators 1 Scott Niedermayer (WWLWW) Randy Carlyle Bryan Murray
2006 Carolina Hurricanes 4 Edmonton Oilers 3 Cam Ward (WWLWLLW) Peter Laviolette Craig MacTavish
* 2005 No decision - NHL Strike --- --- --- --- ---
2004 Tampa Bay Lightning 4 Calgary Flames 3 Brad Richards (LWLWLWW) John Tortorella Darryl Sutter
2003 New Jersey Devils 4 Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3 Jean-Sebastien Giguere (WWLLWLW) Pat Burns Mike Babcock
2002 Detroit Red Wings 4 Carolina Hurricanes 1 Nicklas Lidstrom (LWWWW) Scotty Bowman Paul Maurice
2001 Colorado Avalanche 4 New Jersey Devils 3 Patrick Roy (WLWLLWW) Bob Hartley Larry Robinson
2000 New Jersey Devils 4 Dallas Stars 2 Scott Stevens (WLWWLW) Larry Robinson Ken Hitchcock
1999 Dallas Stars 4 Buffalo Sabres 2 Joe Nieuwendyk (LWWLWW) Ken Hitchcock Lindy Ruff
1998 Detroit Red Wings 4 Washington Capitols 0 Steve Yzerman (WWWW) Scotty Bowman Ron Wilson
1997 Detroit Red Wings 4 Philadelphia Flyers 0 Mike Vernon (WWWW) Scotty Bowman Terry Murray
1996 Colorado Avalanche 4 Florida Panthers 0 Joe Sakic (WWWW) Marc Crawford Doug Maclean
1995 New Jersey Devils 4 Detroit Red Wings 0 Claude Lemieux (WWWW) Jacques Lemaire Scotty Bowman
1994 New York Rangers 4 Vancouver Canucks 3 Brian Leetch (LWWWLLW) Mike Keenan Pat Quinn
1993 Montreal Canadiens 4 Los Angeles Kings 1 Patrick Roy (LWWWW) Jacques Demers Barry Melrose
1992 Pittsburgh Penguins 4 Chicago Blackhawks 0 Mario Lemieux (WWWW) Scotty Bowman Mike Keenan
1991 Pittsburgh Penguins 4 Minnesota North Stars 2 Mario Lemieux (LWLWWW) Bob Johnson Bob Gainey
1990 Edmonton Oilers 4 Boston Bruins 1 Bill Ranford (WWLWW) John Muckler Mike Milbury
1989 Calgary Flames 4 Montreal Canadiens 2 Al MacInnis (WLLWWW) Terry Crisp Pat Burns
1988 Edmonton Oilers 4 Boston Bruins 0 Wayne Gretzky (WWWW) Glen Sather Terry O'Reilly
1987 Edmonton Oilers 4 Philadelphia Flyers 3 Ron Hextall (WWLWLLW) Glen Sather Mike Keenan
1986 Montreal Canadiens 4 Calgary Flames 1 Patrick Roy (LWWWW) Jean Perron Bob Johnson
1985 Edmonton Oilers 4 Philadelphia Flyers 1 Wayne Gretzky (LWWWW) Glen Sather Mike Keenan
1984 Edmonton Oilers 4 New York Islanders 1 Mark Messier (WLWWW) Glen Sather Al Arbour
1983 New York Islanders 4 Edmonton Oilers 0 Billy Smith (WWWW) Al Arbour Glen Sather
1982 New York Islanders 4 Vancouver Canucks 0 Mike Bossy (WWWW) Al Arbour Roger Neilson
1981 New York Islanders 4 Minnesota North Stars 1 Butch Goring (WWWLW) Al Arbour Glen Sonmor
1980 New York Islanders 4 Philadelphia Flyers 2 Bryan Trottier (WLWWLW) Al Arbour Pat Quinn
1979 Montreal Canadiens 4 New York Rangers 1 Bob Gainey (LWWWW) Scotty Bowman Fred Shero
1978 Montreal Canadiens 4 Boston Bruins 2 Larry Robinson (WWLLWW) Scotty Bowman Don Cherry
1977 Montreal Canadiens 4 Boston Bruins 0 Guy Lafleur (WWWW) Scotty Bowman Don Cherry
1976 Montreal Canadiens 4 Philadelphia Flyers 0 Reggie Leach (WWWW) Scotty Bowman Fred Shero
1975 Philadelphia Flyers 4 Buffalo Sabres 2 Bernie Parent (WWLLWW) Fred Shero Floyd Smith
1974 Philadelphia Flyers 4 Boston Bruins 2 Bernie Parent (LWWWLW) Fred Shero A. 'Bep' Guidolin
1973 Montreal Canadiens 4 Chicago Blackhawks 2 Yvan Cournoyer (WWLWLW) Scotty Bowman Billy Reay
1972 Boston Bruins 4 New York Rangers 2 Bobby Orr (WWLWLW) Tom Johnson Emile Francis
1971 Montreal Canadiens 4 Chicago Blackhawks 3 Ken Dryden (LLWWLWW) Al MacNeil Billy Reay
1970 Boston Bruins 4 St. Louis Blues 0 Bobby Orr (WWWW) Harry Sinden Scotty Bowman
1969 Montreal Canadiens 4 St. Louis Blues 0 Serge Savard (WWWW) Claude Ruel Scotty Bowman
1968 Montreal Canadiens 4 St. Louis Blues 0 Glenn Hall (WWWW) Toe Blake Scotty Bowman
1967 Toronto Maple Leafs 4 Montreal Canadiens 2 Dave Keon (LWWLWW) Bunch Imlach Hector 'Toe' Blake
1966 Montreal Canadiens 4 Detroit Red Wings 2 Roger Crozier (LLWWWW) Toe Blake Sid Abel
1965 Montreal Canadiens 4 Chicago Blackhawks 3 Jean Beliveau (Inaugural) (WWLLWLW) Toe Blake Billy Reay
1964 Toronto Maple Leafs 4 Detroit Red Wings 3 (WLLWLWW) Punch Imlach Sid Abel
1963 Toronto Maple Leafs 4 Detroit Red Wings 1 (WWLWW) Punch Imlach Sid Abel
1962 Toronto Maple Leafs 4 Chicago Blackhawks 2 (WWLLWW) Punch Imlach Rudy Pilous
1961 Chicago Blackhawks 4 Detroit Red Wings 2 (WLWLWW) Rudy Pilous Sid Abel
1960 Montreal Canadiens 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 0 (WWWW) Toe Blake G. 'Punch' Imlach
1959 Montreal Canadiens 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (WWLWW) Toe Blake G. 'Punch' Imlach
1958 Montreal Canadiens 4 Boston Bruins 2 (WLWLWW) Toe Blake Milt Schmidt
1957 Montreal Canadiens 4 Boston Bruins 1 (WWWLW) Toe Blake Milt Schmidt
1956 Montreal Canadiens 4 Detroit Red Wings 1 (WWLWW) Toe Blake Jimmy Skinner
1955 Detroit Red Wings 4 Montreal Canadiens 3 (WWLLWLW) Jimmy Skiner Dick Irvin
1954 Detroit Red Wings 4 Montreal Canadiens 3 (WLWWLLW) Tommy Ivan Dick Irvin
1953 Montreal Canadiens 4 Boston Bruins 1 (WLWWW) Dick Irvin Lynn Patrick
1952 Detroit Red Wings 4 Montreal Canadiens 0 (WWWW) Tommy Ivan Dick Irvin
1951 Toronto Maple Leafs 4 Montreal Canadiens 1 (WLWWW) Joe Primeau Dick Irvin
1950 Detroit Red Wings 4 New York Rangers 3 (WLWLLWW) Tommy Ivan Lynn Patrick
1949 Toronto Maple Leafs 4 Detroit Red Wings 0 (WWWW) Hap Day Tommy Ivan
1948 Toronto Maple Leafs 4 Detroit Red Wings 0 (WWWW) Hap Day Tommy Ivan
1947 Toronto Maple Leafs 4 Montreal Canadiens 2 (LWWWLW) Hap Day Dick Irvin
1946 Montreal Canadiens 4 Boston Bruins 1 (WWWLW) Dick Irvin A. 'Dit 'Clapper
1945 Toronto Maple Leafs 4 Detroit Red Wings 3 (WWWLLLW) Hap Day Jack Adams
1944 Montreal Canadiens 4 Chicago Blackhawks 0 (WWWW) Dick Irvin Paul Thompson
1943 Detroit Red Wings 4 Boston Bruins 0 (WWWW) Jack Adams Art Ross
1942 Toronto Maple Leafs 4 Detroit Red Wings 3 (LLLWWWW) Hap Day Jack Adams
1941 Boston Bruins 4 Detroit Red Wings 0 (WWWW) Cooney Weiland Ebbie Goodfellow
1940 New York Rangers 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (WWLLWW) Frank Boucher Dick Irvin
1939 Boston Bruins 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (WLWWW) Art Ross Dick Irvin
1938 Chicago Blackhawks 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (WLWW) Bill Stewart Dick Irvin
1937 Detroit Red Wings 3 New York Rangers 2 (LWLWW) Jack Adams Lester Patrick
1936 Detroit Red Wings 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (WWLW) Jack Adams Dick Irvin
1935 Montreal Maroons 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 0 (WWW) Tommy Gorman Dick Irvin
1934 Chicago Blackhawks 3 Detroit Red Wings 1 (WWLW) Tommy Gorman Herbie Lewis
1933 New York Rangers 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (WWLW) Lester Patrick Dick Irvin
1932 Toronto Maple Leafs 3 New York Rangers 0 (WW) Dick Irvin Lester Patrick
1931 Montreal Canadiens 3 Chicago Blackhawks 2 (WLLWW) Cecil Hart Dick Irvin
1930 Montreal Canadiens 2 Boston Bruins 0 (WW) Cecil Hart Art Ross
1929 Boston Bruins 2 New York Rangers 0 (WW) Cy Denneny Lester Patrick
1928 New York Rangers 3 Montreal Maroons 2 (LWLWW) Lester Patrick Eddie Gerard
1927 Ottawa Senators 2 Boston Bruins 0 (TWTW) Dave Gill Art Ross
1926 Montreal Maroons 3 Victoria Cougars 1 (WWLW) Eddie Gerard Lester Patrick
1925 Victoria Cougars 3 Montreal Canadiens 1 (WWLW) Lester Patrick Leo Dandurand
1924 Montreal Canadiens 2 Calgary Tigers 0 (WW) Leo Dandurand Eddie Oatman
1923 Ottawa Senators 2 Edmonton Eskimos 0 (WW) Pete Green Ken McKenzine
1922 Toronto St. Pats 3 Vancouver Millionaires 2 (LWLWW) Eddie Powers Lloyd Cook/Frank Patrick
1921 Ottawa Senators 3 Vancouver Millionaires 2 (LWWLW) Pete Green Lloyd Cook/Frank Patrick
1920 Ottawa Senators 3 Seattle Metropolitans 2 (WWLLW) Pete Green Pete Muldoon
* 1919 No decision - Flu Epidemic --- --- --- ---
1918 Toronto Arenas 3 Vancouver Millionaires 2 (WLWLW) Dick Carroll Frank Patrick

* In 2005 the Stanley Cup will not be awarded because the players and owners, the NHL and NHLPA, Bob Goodenow and Gary Bettman, could not come to an agreement when splitting an estimated $2.1 billion in revenue.

* The first Stanley Cup to go unawarded in 112 years was a somber reaction to the 1919 influenza pandemic that killed over 20 million people worldwide. The series halted because of this epidemic which killed players including the death of Joe Hall of Montreal Canadiens. Five games had been completed when the series was stopped, each team having won two and tied one. Technically, the Seattle Metropolitans of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association could have taken the cup after most of the Montreal Canadiens team of the National Hockey League fell ill. Seattle declined to take the championship under those circumstances. The results are shown below:

Mar. 19, at Seattle - Seattle 7, Montreal 0;
Mar. 22, at Seattle - Montreal 4, Seattle 2;
Mar. 24, at Seattle - Seattle 7, Montreal 2;
Mar. 26, at Seattle - Montreal 0, Seattle 0;
Mar. 30, at Seattle - Montreal 4, Seattle 3.
In November 1917 in Montréal, the NHL, the major professional ice hockey league, was formed from the National Hockey Association, which had been established in 1909. The NHL comprises teams from the United States and Canada, and for many years almost all NHL players were natives of Canada. In recent years, however, more players from Europe and the United States have become NHL players. NHL teams compete for the Stanley Cup, a trophy awarded annually from 1893 to 1925 for amateur competition and since 1926 for professional play.