Stanley Cup

Championship trophy awarded annually in the National Hockey League

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The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) playoff winner. It is the oldest existing trophy to be awarded to a professional sports franchise, and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) considers it to be one of the "most important championships available to the sport". The trophy was commissioned in 1892 as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup and is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor General of Canada who donated it as an award to Canada's top-ranking amateur ice hockey club. The entire Stanley family supported the sport, the sons and daughters all playing and promoting the game. The first Cup was awarded in 1893 to Montreal Hockey Club, and winners from 1893 to 1914 were determined by challenge games and league play. Professional teams first became eligible to challenge for the Stanley Cup in 1906. In 1915, professional ice hockey organizations 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 annually for the Stanley Cup. It was established as the de facto championship trophy of the NHL in 1926 and then the de jure NHL championship prize in 1947.

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The St. Louis Blues won the first Stanley Cup in the franchise's 52-year history and celebrated with fans at a parade and rally.
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Large crowds are gathering in downtown St. Louis despite heavy rain, awaiting a parade and rally to honor the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues
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Now that the NHL has crowned its Stanley Cup champion, here’s what’s next for the 31 teams as the offseason begins:
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Pompeo blames Iran for tanker attacks in Gulf of Oman; 11-year-old Blues fan celebrates Stanley Cup win.
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Sarah Sanders stepping down as WH press secy.; Blues share Stanley Cup win with superfan.
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Even while battling a rare blood disorder, 11-year-old Laila Anderson's support of the St. Louis Blues never wavered. She got to celebrate their Stanley Cup win..
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Even while battling a rare, life-threatening blood disorder, Laila Anderson's support of the Blues never wavered
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Laila Anderson, 11, became an inspiration for the St. Louis Blues during their Stanley Cup run as she battles a life-threatening autoimmune disorder. She was on..
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As St. Louis Blues players arrived back in the team's hometown, each player, one-by-one, held the Stanley Cup trophy over their head and let out a cheer. (June..
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Laila was surprised by the St Louis Blues with an invitation to their championship game in Boston.
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The St. Louis Blues are Stanley Cup champions for the first time in franchise history thanks to a masterful performance in their 4-1 Game 7 win in Boston on..
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The emotions poured out Wednesday night as the Blues won Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise's 52-year history. Here is celebration in photos.
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Few Stanley Cup trophies have ever been as heavy as the one earned Wednesday by the St. Louis Blues, who lifted the weight of a championship-starved city that..
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Fans at a watch party at the Enterprise Center in downtown St. Louis celebrated Wednesday night after the NHL St. Louis Blues defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 in..
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Anderson, 11, who suffers from a rare, life-threatening disease that results in the body making too many immune cells, had adopted the Blues.
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The St. Louis Blues completed a most improbable journey and wiped out decades of misery by beating the Boston Bruins on Wednesday to capture their first Stanley..
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At Last: Blues complete trip from last in NHL to first Stanley Cup championship, beating Boston 4-1 in Game 7
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The victory gave the Blues a chance to avenge the 1970 NHL Final, when the Bruins swept the Blues
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List of Conn Smythe Trophy winners, given to the most valuable player for his team in the National Hockey League Stanley Cup playoffs.
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The St. Louis Blues won the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup for the first time with a 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins in the decisive seventh game of the..
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St. Louis Blues forward Ryan O'Reilly was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup playoffs on..
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The St. Louis Blues, in last place on Jan. 2, beat Boston Bruins for franchise's first Stanley Cup behind Jordan Binnington's rookie-record 16th win.
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List of the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup champions (best-of-seven series introduced in 1939):
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