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Canada's historical Stanley Cup.
Canada’s pride the Stanley Cup is the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Ice Hockey League (NHL) playoff winner after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals every year. Originally commissioned in 1892 as the Dominion (Ice) Hockey Challenge Cup, the trophy is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, the then Governor General of Canada, who awarded it to Canada's top-ranking amateur ice hockey club, which the entire Stanley family supported, with their sons and daughters playing and promoting the game. The first Cup was awarded in 1893 to Montreal HC. In 1915, the two professional ice hockey organizations, the National Hockey Association (NHA) and the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA), reached a gentlemen's agreement in which their respective champions would face each other for the Stanley Cup. After a series of league mergers and folds, the Stanley "Presentation Cup" was established as the de facto championship trophy of the NHL in 1926 and then the de jure NHL championship prize in 1947.
There are actually three Stanley Cups: the original bowl of the "Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup", the authenticated "Presentation Cup", and the "Replica Cup" at the Hall of Fame. The NHL has maintained effective control over both the trophy itself and its associated trademarks. Nevertheless, the NHL does not actually own the trophy, but instead uses it by agreement with the two Trustees of the Cup.
However in 1958 the modern one-piece Cup was designed with a five-band barrel which could contain 13 winning teams per band. To prevent the Stanley Cup from growing, when the bottom band is full, the oldest band is removed and preserved in the Hockey Hall of Fame, and a new blank band added to the bottom. Over the years it has been referred to as The Cup, Lord Stanley's Cup, The Holy Grail, or facetiously (chiefly by sportswriters) as Lord Stanley's Mug. The Stanley Cup is surrounded by many traditions, the oldest of which is the celebratory drinking of champagne out of the cup by the winning team each year.
Since the 1914–15 season, the Cup has been won a combined 95 times by 18 active NHL teams and five defunct teams. Prior to that, the challenge cup was held by nine different teams. The Montreal Canadiens have won the Cup a record 24 times and are currently the last Canadian-based team in the NHL to win the cup after winning it in 1993. In its long history the Stanley Cup was not awarded in 1919 because of a Spanish flu epidemic, and in 2005, as a consequence of the NHL lockout.
Today every year The Stanley Cup travels all around Canada so that fans along with their families and various hockey leagues could have a closer/personal feel and get their moments with this prestigious piece of Canadian history. Love for this sport and The Stanley Cup could be seen and felt in everyone’s eyes standing in long line ups. As Canadians all around the world are known for their Love towards this sport and rightly so as well – (Photo & Write-up by Akbar Warris with historical research help from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).