NHL Champions: A History Of Stanley Cup Winners

The History of the Stanley Cup

The Stanley Cup as perhaps the richest history of all the professional sports trophies that have ever existed in North America. It came into existence in 1892, and is named after the Governor General of Canada, Lord Stanley of Preston. Of course, a lot has changed since then to create the Cup as we know it today.

First, there was the situation created between the National Hockey Association and the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, where the two leagues had their best team challenge one another for the right to keep the trophy for one year. Of course, over the years the various leagues and teams merged and we ended up with one league that has the ultimate goal of being NHL Champion and Stanley Cup Winner.

The Stanley Cup trophy is engraved with members of every winning organization.
The Stanley Cup trophy is engraved with members of every winning organization.

The Trophy Engravings

The rich history of the trophy exists right on it's own surface, with all members of the winning organization each year are engraved onto the cups bands permanently. The trophy therefore grew, but now when it becomes full the oldest band is removed and taken to the Hockey Hall of Fame, while a new band is built onto the bottom so that more teams can be added. This just highlights the rich tradition of the cup and also allows for another unique situation to take place, which is that nobody ever owns their own trophy like in the NBA or NFL. They are simply granted the right to hold onto the cup until the next years championship takes place.

Full List of Stanley Cup Winners

Year
Champion
Runner-Up
2013
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
BOSTON BRUINS
2012
LOS ANGELES KINGS
NEW JERSEY DEVILS
2011
BOSTON BRUINS
VANCOUVER CANUCKS
2010
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
2009
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
DETROIT RED WINGS
2008
DETROIT RED WINGS
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
2007
ANAHEIM DUCKS
OTTAWA SENATORS
2006
CAROLINA HURRICANES
EDMONTON OILERS
2004
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
CALGARY FLAMES
2003
NEW JERSEY DEVILS
MIGHTY DUCKS OF ANAHEIM
2002
DETROIT RED WINGS
CAROLINA HURRICANES
2001
COLORADO AVALANCHE
NEW JERSEY DEVILS
2000
NEW JERSEY DEVILS
DALLAS STARS
1999
DALLAS STARS
BUFFALO SABRES
1998
DETROIT RED WINGS
WASHINGTON CAPITALS
1997
DETROIT RED WINGS
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
1996
COLORADO AVALANCHE
FLORIDA PANTHERS
1995
NEW JERSEY DEVILS
DETROIT RED WINGS
1994
NEW YORK RANGERS
VANCOUVER CANUCKS
1993
MONTREAL CANADIENS
LOS ANGELES KINGS
1992
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
1991
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
MINNESOTA NORTH STARS
1990
EDMONTON OILERS
BOSTON BRUINS
1989
CALGARY FLAMES
MONTREAL CANADIENS
1988
EDMONTON OILERS
BOSTON BRUINS
1987
EDMONTON OILERS
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
1986
MONTREAL CANADIENS
CALGARY FLAMES
1985
EDMONTON OILERS
PHILADELPHIA FYERS
1984
EDMONTON OILERS
NEW YORK ISLANDERS
1983
NEW YORK ISLANDERS
EDMONTON OILERS
1982
NEW YORK ISLANDERS
VANCOUVER CANUCKS
1981
NEW YORK ISLANDERS
MINNESOTA NORTH STARS
1980
NEW YORK ISLANDERS
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
1979
MONTREAL CANADIENS
NEW YORK RANGERS
1978
MONTREAL CANADIENS
BOSTON BRUINS
1977
MONTREAL CANADIENS
BOSTON BRUINS
1976
MONTREAL CANADIENS
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
1975
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
BUFFALO SABRES
1974
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
BOSTON BRUINS
1973
MONTREAL CANADIENS
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
1972
BOSTON BRUINS
NEW YORK RANGERS
1971
MONTREAL CANADIENS
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
1970
BOSTON BRUINS
ST. LOUIS BLUES
1969
MONTREAL CANADIENS
ST. LOUIS BLUES
1968
MONTREAL CANADIENS
ST. LOUIS BLUES
1967
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
MONTREAL CANADIENS
1966
MONTREAL CANADIENS
DETROIT RED WINGS
1965
MONTREAL CANADIENS
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
1964
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
DETROIT RED WINGS
1963
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
DETROIT RED WINGS
1962
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
1961
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
DETROIT RED WINGS
1960
MONTREAL CANADIENS
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
1959
MONTREAL CANADIENS
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
1958
MONTREAL CANADIENS
BOSTON BRUINS
1957
MONTREAL CANADIENS
BOSTON BRUINS
1956
MONTREAL CANADIENS
DETROIT RED WINGS
1955
DETROIT RED WINGS
MONTREAL CANADIENS
1954
DETROIT RED WINGS
MONTREAL CANADIENS
1953
MONTREAL CANADIENS
BOSTON BRUINS
1952
DETROIT RED WINGS
MONTREAL CANADIENS
1951
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
MONTREAL CANADIENS
1950
DETROIT RED WINGS
NEW YORK RANGERS
1949
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
DETROIT RED WINGS
1948
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
DETROIT RED WINGS
1947
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
MONTREAL CANADIENS
1946
MONTREAL CANADIENS
BOSTON BRUINS
1945
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
DETROIT RED WINGS
1944
MONTREAL CANADIENS
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
1943
DETROIT RED WINGS
BOSTON BRUINS
1942
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
DETROIT RED WINGS
1941
BOSTON BRUINS
DETROIT RED WINGS
1940
NEW YORK RANGERS
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
1939
BOSTON BRUINS
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
1938
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
1937
DETROIT RED WINGS
NEW YORK RANGERS
1936
DETROIT RED WINGS
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
1935
MONTREAL MAROONS
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
1934
CHICAGO BLACK HAWKS
DETROIT RED WINGS
1933
NEW YORK RANGERS
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
1932
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
NEW YORK RANGERS
1931
MONTREAL CANADIENS
CHICAGO BLACK HAWKS
1930
MONTREAL CANADIENS
BOSTON BRUINS
1929
BOSTON BRUINS
NEW YORK RANGERS
1928
NEW YORK RANGERS
MONTREAL MAROONS
1927
OTTAWA SENATORS
BOSTON BRUINS
  • The teams with the most Stanley Cup losses are the Detroit Red Wings and the Boston Bruins who each have 13 losses.
  • The first Stanley Cups Champions of the modern era were the Montreal Canadiens in 1916.
  • The most appearances without a win is 3, held by the St. Louis Blues and the Vancouver Canucks.

Ten Most Successful NHL Teams Since 1915

Since the modern 'Stanley Cup Finals Era' began in 1915, here are the ten most successful teams in terms of being NHL Champions.

  1. Montreal Canadiens - 24 wins in 34 appearances
  2. Detroit Red Wings - 11 wins in 24 appearances
  3. Toronto Maple Leafs - 13 wins in 21 appearances
  4. Boston Bruins - 6 wins in 19 appearances
  5. Chicago Blackhawks - 5 wins in 12 appearances
  6. Edmonton Oilers - 5 wins in 7 appearances
  7. New York Rangers - 4 wins in 10 appearances
  8. New York Islanders - 4 wins in 5 appearances
  9. New Jersey Devils - 3 wins in 5 appearances
  10. Pittsburgh Penguins - 3 wins in 4 appearances

The first ever Stanley Cup Winners - The Montreal Hockey Club
The first ever Stanley Cup Winners - The Montreal Hockey Club | Source

Other Interesting Stanley Cup Facts

  • Henri Richards holds the record for most Stanley Cup wins as a player, with 11. He played for the Montreal Canadiens.
  • Scotty Bowman, also of Montreal owns the record for most Stanley Cup Appearances by a non-player.
  • The Stanley Cup trophy stands just over 35 inches tall and is around 35 lbs in weight.
  • There are actually three 'Stanley Cups' in existence right now, one of which is the old trophy, one that sits at the Hockey Hall of Fame, and the one that is given to the winning team each year.
  • Apparently, two babies have been baptized in the Stanley Cup. I'll let you look up the details of that yourselves!

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Alphadogg16 3 years ago from Texas

Very informative hub jmartin1344. My Blackhawks are primed to defend their title. Voted up on your hub.


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jmartin1344 3 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan Author

Thanks Alphadogg, much appreciated. As a Red Wings fan that's tough to hear! Thanks for reading!


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lions44 3 years ago from Auburn, WA

I'm a long-suffering Ranger fan, but I still enjoyed the article. Good research. The Stanley Cup is the best trophy in sports, period. You get your name on it! Voted up.


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jmartin1344 3 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan Author

Thanks lions44!! Glad you enjoyed it! Good luck to your Rangers!


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nArchuleta 2 years ago from Denver, Colorado

Wish I could say "Add Colorado Avalanche" for this year's Cup winner... At least retired Avs player Adam Deadmarsh will go down in history as being the first to have his misspelled name fixed. Very informative Hub -- thanks!


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jmartin1344 2 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan Author

Thanks nArchuleta! I didn't know about Adam Deadmarsh - that's an interesting trivia piece for him to be associated with!

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