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Stanley Cup History

The Stanley Cup, the oldest trophy competed for by professional athletes in North America, was donated by Frederick Arthur, Lord Stanley of Preston and son of the Earl of Derby, in 1893. Lord Stanley purchased the trophy for 10 guineas ($50 at that time) for presentation to the amateur hockey champions of Canada. Since 1910, when the National Hockey Association took possession of the Stanley Cup, the trophy has been the symbol of professional hockey supremacy. It has been competed for only by NHL teams since 1926 and has been under the exclusive control of the NHL since 1946.

The Cup was originally a gold-lined silver bowl on an ebony base, measuring seven inches high and 11-1/2-inches in diameter.

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 with a base 54 inches in circumferences. It weighs 32 pounds, though, in the words of one ESPN announcer, "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 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.

Stanley Cup winners 2001-1951

Year
Winner
W-L
Coach
Opponent
2001
Colorado
4-3
Bob Hartley
New Jersey

2000

New Jersey

4-2

Larry Robinson

Dallas

1999
Dallas
4-2
Ken Hitchcock
Buffalo

1998

Detroit

4-0

Scotty Bowman

Washington

1997
Detroit
4-0
Scotty Bowman
Philadelphia

1996

Colorado

4-0

Marc Crawford

Florida

1995
New Jersey
4-0
Jacques Lemaire
Detroit

1994

NY Rangers

4-3

Mike Keenan

Vancouver

1993
Montreal
4-1
Jacques Demers
Los Angeles

1992

Pittsburgh

4-0

Scotty Bowman

Chicago

1991
Pittsburgh
4-2
Bob Johnson
Minnesota

1990

Edmonton

4-1

John Muckler

Boston

1989
Calgary
4-2
Terry Crisp
Montreal

1988

Edmonton

4-0

Glen Sather

Boston

1987

Edmonton

4-3

Glen Sather

Philadelphia

1986

Montreal

4-1

Jean Perron

Calgary

1985

Edmonton

4-1

Glen Sather

Philadelphia

1984

Edmonton

4-1

Glen Sather

NY Islanders

1983

NY Islanders

4-0

Al Arbour

Edmonton

1982

NY Islanders

4-0

Al Arbour

Vancouver

1981

NY Islanders

4-1

Al Arbour

Minnesota

1980

NY Islanders

4-2

Al Arbour

Philadelphia

1979

Montreal

4-1

Scotty Bowman

NY Rangers

1978

Montreal

4-2

Scotty Bowman

Boston

1977

Montreal

4-0

Scotty Bowman

Boston

1976

Montreal

4-0

Scotty Bowman

Philadelphia

1975

Philadelphia

4-2

Fred Shero

Buffalo

1974

Philadelphia

4-2

Fred Shero

Boston

1973

Montreal

4-2

Scotty Bowman

Chicago

1972

Boston

4-2

Tom Johnson

NY Rangers

1971

Montreal

4-3

Al MacNeil

Chicago

1970

Boston

4-0

Harry Sinden

St. Louis

1969

Montreal

4-0

Claude Ruel

St. Louis

1968

Montreal

4-0

Toe Blake

St. Louis

1967

Toronto

4-2

Bunch Imlach

Montreal

1966

Montreal

4-2

Toe Blake

Detroit

1965

Montreal

4-3

Toe Blake

Chicago

1964

Toronto

4-3

Punch Imlach

Detroit

1963

Toronto

4-1

Punch Imlach

Detroit

1962

Toronto

4-2

Punch Imlach

Chicago

1961

Chicago

4-2

Rudy Pilous

Detroit

1960

Montreal

4-3

Toe Blake

Toronto

1959

Montreal

4-1

Toe Blake

Toronto

1958

Montreal

4-2

Toe Blake

Boston

1957

Montreal

4-1

Toe Blake

Boston

1956

Montreal

4-1

Toe Blake

Detroit

1955

Detroit

4-3

Jimmy Skiner

Montreal

1954

Detroit

4-3

Tommy Ivan

Montreal

1953

Montreal

4-1

Dick Irvin

Boston

1952

Detroit

4-0

Tommy Ivan

Montreal

1951

Toronto

4-1

Joe Primeau

Montreal

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Stanley Cup winners 1950-1882

Year
Winner
W-L
Coach
Opponent

1950

Detroit

4-3

Tommy Ivan

NY Rangers

1949

Toronto

4-0

Hap Day

Detroit

1948

Toronto

4-0

Hap Day

Detroit

1947

Toronto

4-2

Hap Day

Montreal

1946

Montreal

4-1

Dick Irvin

Boston

1945

Toronto

4-3

Hap Day

Detroit

1944

Montreal

4-0

Dick Irvin

Chicago

1943

Detroit

4-0

Jack Adams

Boston

1942

Toronto

4-3

Hap Day

Detroit

1941

Boston

4-0

Cooney Weiland

Detroit

1940

NY Rangers

4-2

Frank Boucher

Toronto

1939

Boston

4-1

Art Ross

Toronto

1938

Chicago

3-1

Bill Stewart

Toronto

1937

Detroit

3-2

Jack Adams

NY Rangers

1936

Detroit

3-1

Jack Adams

Toronto

1935

Mtl. Maroons

3-0

Tommy Gorman

Toronto

1934

Chicago

3-1

Tommy Gorman

Detroit

1933

NY Rangers

3-1

Lester Patrick

Toronto

1932

Toronto

3-0

Dick Irvin

NY Rangers

1931

Montreal

3-2

Cecil Hart

Chicago

1930

Montreal

2-0

Cecil Hart

Boston

1929

Boston

2-0

Cy Denneny

NY Rangers

1928

NY Rangers

3-2

Lester Patrick

Mtl. Maroons

1927

Ottawa

2-0-2

Dave Gill

Boston

1926

Mtl. Maroons

3-1

Eddie Gerard

Victoria

1925

Victoria

3-1

Lester Patrick

Montreal

1924

Montreal

2-0

Leo Dandurand

Cgy. Tigers

 

 

2-0

 

Van. Maroons

1923

Ottawa

2-0

Pete Green

Edm. Eskimos

 

 

3-1

 

Van. Maroons

1922

Tor. St. Pats

3-2

Eddie Powers

Van. Millionaires

1921

Ottawa

3-2

Pete Green

Van. Millionaires

1920

Ottawa

3-2

Pete Green

Seattle

1919

No decision - series between Montreal and Seattle cancelled due to influenza outbreak

1918

Tor. Arenas Van.

3-2

Dick Carroll

Millionaires


Stanley Cup winners prior to formation of NHL in 1917

Season

Champion

Coach (or *-Captain)

1916-17

Seattle Metropolitans

Pete Muldoon

1915-16

Montreal Canadiens

George Kennedy

1914-15

Vancouver Millionaires

Frank Patrick

1913-14

Toronto Blueshirts

Scotty Davidson*

1912-13

Quebec Bulldogs

Joe Malone*

1911-12

Quebec Bulldogs

C. Nolan

1910-11

Ottawa Senators

Bruce Stuart*

1909-10

Montreal Wanderers

Pud Glass*

1908-09

Ottawa Senators

Bruce Stuart*

1907-08

Montreal Wanderers

Cecil Blachford

1906-07

Montreal Wanderers

Cecil Blachford

1906-07

Kenora Thistles

Tommy Phillips*

1905-06

Montreal Wanderers

Cecil Blachford*

1904-05

Ottawa Silver

Seven A.T. Smith

1903-04

Ottawa Silver

Seven A.T. Smith

1902-03

Ottawa Silver

Seven A.T. Smith

1901-02

Montreal A.A.A.

C. McKerrow

1900-01

Winnipeg Victorias

D.H. Bain

1899-00

Montreal Shamrocks

H.J. Trihey*

1898-99

Montreal Shamrocks

H.J. Trihey*

1897-98

Montreal Victorias

F. Richardson

1896-97

Montreal Victorias

Mike Grant*

1895-96

Montreal Victorias

Mike Grant*

1895-96

Winnipeg Victorias

J.C. G. Armytage

1894-95

Montreal Victorias

Mike Grant*

1893-94

Montreal A.A.A.

 

1892-93

Montreal A.A.A.

 

 
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