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** When the St. Louis Blues won in 2019, multiple players ate meals out of the Cup: Captain Alex Pietrangelo ate his grandmother's spaghetti out of it; David Perron shared breakfast with his family in it and then used it to share a poutine lunch with the public in his hometown; and St. Louis native Pat Maroon ate cereal out of it with his son, Anthony, then took it to a St. Louis bar, where everyone ate [[TrademarkFavoriteFood toasted raviolis]] out of it.


* There are three actual Cups: the original bowl (retired in 1969), the authenticated cup that is actually presented at the games (and updated accordingly), and a replica stand-in that is at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto when the authenticated Cup is out of town and up to no good.
* The names of the winning team are engraved into the cup. Once it is filled, the top band of the Cup is removed and a new one is replaced at the bottom, preventing it from growing any longer. As seen below, it's already enormous.

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* There are three actual Cups: the original bowl (retired in 1969), 1969 since it was getting worn out), the authenticated cup that is actually presented at the games (and and updated accordingly), accordingly, and a replica stand-in that is installed at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto when the authenticated Cup is out of town and up to no good.
good. The original bowl is, of course, on permanent display in the Hall.
* The names of the winning team are engraved into onto the cup.Cup's bands. Once it is filled, the top band of the Cup is removed and a new one is replaced at the bottom, preventing it from growing any longer. As seen below, it's already enormous.



* And there was a time when it was bigger than ''that''. Nowadays, each band can store 13 winning clubs' names. Decades ago, though, each band stored one per, and bands were not removed in a timely manner. The Cup became taller and taller till it resembled a stovepipe, hence the nickname "Stovepipe Cup". A 1948 redesign proved insufficient for fixing these problems, so it was redesigned again in 1957; that design is in use today - five bands, 13 clubs per band and remove the topmost one once they're all full - to keep the Cup from growing out of control ever again. It also adds a certain sentimentality to the periodic removal of the top band, as iconic names can disappear from the Cup altogether, as happened in 2018 after the Capitals won and started a new band.

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* And there was a time when it was bigger than ''that''. Nowadays, each band can store 13 winning clubs' names. Decades ago, though, each band stored one per, and bands were not removed in a timely manner. The Cup became taller and taller till it resembled a stovepipe, hence the nickname "Stovepipe Cup". A 1948 redesign proved insufficient for fixing these problems, so it was redesigned again in 1957; that design is in use today - five bands, 13 clubs per band and remove the topmost one once they're all full - to keep the Cup from growing out of control ever again. It also adds a certain sentimentality to the periodic removal of the top band, as iconic names can disappear from the Cup altogether, as happened in 2018 after the Capitals won and started a new band.band; in the process, names like Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe, and Maurice Richard were permanently removed from the Cup.


* And there was a time when it was bigger than ''that''. Nowadays, each band can store 13 winning clubs' names. Decades ago, though, each band stored one per, and bands were not removed in a timely manner. The Cup became taller and taller till it resembled a stovepipe, hence the nickname "Stovepipe Cup". The restrictions today - five bands, 13 clubs per band and remove the topmost one once they're all full - were instituted to keep the Cup from growing out of control ever again.
* Decades before all ''that'', teams sometimes engraved their names directly onto the Cup itself, though usually omitting players' names and just describing the series in which the team won. These engravings were replicated on the replica Cup that is in use today; if you look closely, you can even see names ''in'' the bowl itself. These belong to the March 1907 Montreal Wanderers, though not all of the players involved are even listed (five are missing).

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* And there was a time when it was bigger than ''that''. Nowadays, each band can store 13 winning clubs' names. Decades ago, though, each band stored one per, and bands were not removed in a timely manner. The Cup became taller and taller till it resembled a stovepipe, hence the nickname "Stovepipe Cup". The restrictions A 1948 redesign proved insufficient for fixing these problems, so it was redesigned again in 1957; that design is in use today - five bands, 13 clubs per band and remove the topmost one once they're all full - were instituted to keep the Cup from growing out of control ever again.
again. It also adds a certain sentimentality to the periodic removal of the top band, as iconic names can disappear from the Cup altogether, as happened in 2018 after the Capitals won and started a new band.
* Decades before Dating all ''that'', the way back to when the Cup was first implemented, teams sometimes engraved their names directly onto the Cup itself, though usually omitting players' names and just describing the series in which the team won. These engravings were replicated on the replica presentation Cup that is in use today; if you look closely, you can even see names ''in'' the bowl itself. These belong to the March 1907 Montreal Wanderers, though not all of the players involved are even listed (five are missing).

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* And there was a time when it was bigger than ''that''. Nowadays, each band can store 13 winning clubs' names. Decades ago, though, each band stored one per, and bands were not removed in a timely manner. The Cup became taller and taller till it resembled a stovepipe, hence the nickname "Stovepipe Cup". The restrictions today - five bands, 13 clubs per band and remove the topmost one once they're all full - were instituted to keep the Cup from growing out of control ever again.
* Decades before all ''that'', teams sometimes engraved their names directly onto the Cup itself, though usually omitting players' names and just describing the series in which the team won. These engravings were replicated on the replica Cup that is in use today; if you look closely, you can even see names ''in'' the bowl itself. These belong to the March 1907 Montreal Wanderers, though not all of the players involved are even listed (five are missing).


* A GretzkyHasTheBall joke in ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' had Rerun, a new recruit to Charlie Brown's baseball team, convinced they were playing in the finals of the Stanley Cup.

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* A GretzkyHasTheBall joke in ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' had Rerun, a new recruit to Charlie Brown's baseball team, convinced they were playing in the finals of the Stanley Cup. Snoopy also dreamed of playing for the Stanley Cup, practicing on top of his doghouse with Woodstock at one point.


** The New Jersey Devils are the only team, amongst the relocated teams, to have won the Stanley Cup after moving to new cities TWICE (originally the Kansas City Scouts, then the Colorado Rockies).

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** * The New Jersey Devils are the only team, amongst the relocated teams, team to have won the Stanley Cup after moving to new cities TWICE (originally the Kansas City Scouts, then the Colorado Rockies).Rockies).
* The defunct Montreal Maroons won the Cup twice, in 1926 and 1935, then suspended operations in 1938 only to outright cancel the franchise in 1947. Since then, absolutely no Cup winner has ever relocated or gone under.


* Twelve of the NHL's 31 teams have never won the trophy, and of those twelve, four have never made it to the Finals (Winnipeg/Phoenix/Arizona, Atlanta/Winnipeg, Minnesota, and Columbus. [[labelnote:note]]To be fair, three of these teams are among the most recent expansion teams added to the league.[[/labelnote]])
* Of all the teams in the NHL, the St. Louis Blues have gone the longest without winning their first Cup. Founded in 1967, they're tied with the Maple Leafs for the longest Cup drought.

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* Twelve Eleven of the NHL's 31 teams have never won the trophy, and of those twelve, eleven, four have never made it to the Finals (Winnipeg/Phoenix/Arizona, Atlanta/Winnipeg, Minnesota, and Columbus. [[labelnote:note]]To be fair, three of these teams are among the most recent expansion teams added to the league.[[/labelnote]])
* Of all the teams in the NHL, the St. Louis Blues have gone went the longest without winning their first Cup. Founded in 1967, they're they were tied with the Maple Leafs for the longest Cup drought.drought until they won in 2019, a 52-year (and 51-complete-season) span.
* It wouldn't take long to match that record, though: The Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres are also Cupless and joined in 1970, only three years after the Blues.[[note]]In Vancouver's defense: The Canucks actually have ''six'' championships across ''two'' leagues dating back to before they joined the NHL. They existed for 25 years before becoming an NHL franchise.[[/note]]


The Washington Capitals are the current Stanley Cup champions, winning it for the first time in franchise history.

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The Washington Capitals St. Louis Blues are the current Stanley Cup champions, winning it for the first time in franchise history.


** In 1969, NHL president Clarence Campbell predicted that the Cup would actually be ''awarded'' [[UpToEleven in Moscow]], implying dreams of a worldwide NHL. [[CaptainObvious So far, the Cup remains confined to the US and Canada.]]

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** In 1969, NHL president Clarence Campbell predicted that the Cup would actually be ''awarded'' [[UpToEleven in Moscow]], implying dreams of a worldwide NHL. [[CaptainObvious So far, the Cup remains confined to the US and Canada.]]



** And when the finals are between ''two'' Canadian teams ([[CaptainObvious therefore guaranteeing that a Canadian team will win the cup]]), expect the entire country to grind to a halt.[[note]]This has only happened twice to date in the post-expansion era, in 1986 and 1989. In both finals, Montreal faced Calgary, with the Canadiens winning in 1986 and Calgary triumphing in 1989. In the Original Six era, Toronto-Montreal finals occurred five times: in 1947, 1951, 1959, 1960, and 1967.[[/note]]

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** And when the finals are between ''two'' Canadian teams ([[CaptainObvious therefore (therefore guaranteeing that a Canadian team will win the cup]]), cup), expect the entire country to grind to a halt.[[note]]This has only happened twice to date in the post-expansion era, in 1986 and 1989. In both finals, Montreal faced Calgary, with the Canadiens winning in 1986 and Calgary triumphing in 1989. In the Original Six era, Toronto-Montreal finals occurred five times: in 1947, 1951, 1959, 1960, and 1967.[[/note]]


The Cup itself is named for Lord Frederick Stanley (later the [[BlueBlood 16th Earl of Derby]]), the [[UsefulNotes/CanadianPolitics Governor-General of Canada]] who was instrumental in organizing Canadian hockey and donated the original Cup in 1892. Originally a silver punch bowl made in [[OopNorth Sheffield]] and purchased for [[UsefulNotes/OldBritishMoney ten guineas]] (on the order of $1200-$1300 in today's dollars[[note]]{Canadian or American, it's been years since there was a difference in value of more than a few cents between the two.}[[/note]]), the trophy has been through a lot of incredible stories, especially for a trophy.[[note]](Some of these stories apply to the original, others apply to the newer one, and others to both.)[[/note]] This is in no large part due to the unofficial tradition of each member of the winning team getting a day to spend with the trophy (most will simply take it to their hometown for photo-ops at local schools). It's shared a bed with countless players, been set on fire, gone clubbing with Mark Messier, been used to baptize infants, attended pool parties with the winning team ([[MemeticMutation the trophy, it turns out, does not float]]), marched in a gay pride parade, and been [[GrailInTheGarbage lost on the side of the road]]. It was also attacked by Taliban grenades in 2007 while visiting Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan. The damage it's sustained is fairly significant; multiple dings and dents from being kicked into a frozen river, bar-hopping with players, and [[NoodleIncident incidents players are presumably too embarrassed to discuss with the press]].

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The Cup itself is named for Lord Frederick Stanley (later the [[BlueBlood 16th Earl of Derby]]), the [[UsefulNotes/CanadianPolitics Governor-General of Canada]] who was instrumental in organizing Canadian hockey and donated the original Cup in 1892. Originally a silver punch bowl made in [[OopNorth Sheffield]] and purchased for [[UsefulNotes/OldBritishMoney ten guineas]] (on the order of $1200-$1300 in today's dollars[[note]]{Canadian or American, it's been years since there was a difference in value of more than a few cents between the two.}[[/note]]), the trophy has been through a lot of incredible stories, especially for a trophy.[[note]](Some of these stories apply to the original, others apply to the newer one, and others to both.)[[/note]] This is in no large part due to the unofficial tradition of each member of the winning team getting a day to spend with the trophy (most will simply take it to their hometown for photo-ops at local schools). It's shared a bed with countless players, been set on fire, gone clubbing with Mark Messier, been used to baptize infants, attended pool parties with the winning team ([[MemeticMutation the trophy, it turns out, does not float]]), marched in a gay pride parade, been driven around at 200mph by Mario Andretti on the eve of the Indy 500, and been [[GrailInTheGarbage lost on the side of the road]]. It was also attacked by Taliban grenades in 2007 while visiting Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan. The damage it's sustained is fairly significant; multiple dings and dents from being kicked into a frozen river, bar-hopping with players, and [[NoodleIncident incidents players are presumably too embarrassed to discuss with the press]].


* The Philadelphia Flyers were the first expansion team[[labelnote:note]]The Flyers, St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings, Oakland Seals/California Golden Seals, Minnesota North Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins entered in the same year, 1967, the first expansion of the NHL since before UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.[[/labelnote]] to win the Stanley Cup, doing so in 1974 (they repeated the following year).

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* The Philadelphia Flyers were the first expansion team[[labelnote:note]]The Flyers, St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings, Oakland Seals/California Golden Seals, Minnesota North Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins entered in the same year, 1967, the first expansion of the NHL since before UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.[[/labelnote]] to win the Stanley Cup, doing so in 1974 (they repeated 1974.
* The Flyers would win again in 1975, making them
the following year).first expansion team to win two Cups ''and'' win Cups back-to-back.


** Every possible Original Six matchup except for one (Blackhawks/Rangers) has been played as a Stanley Cup Final. The second-to-last unplayed matchup was crossed off the list in 2013 when the Blackhawks defeated the Bruins to win the Cup. Many of the Original Six matchups are no longer possible because the Final is always played East vs. West, and five of the Original Six[[note]]except for the Blackhawks[[/note]] are located in the East.

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** * Every possible Original Six matchup except for one (Blackhawks/Rangers) has been played as a Stanley Cup Final. The second-to-last unplayed matchup was crossed off the list in 2013 when the Blackhawks defeated the Bruins to win the Cup. Many Almost all of the Original Six matchups are no longer possible because the Final is always played East vs. West, and five of the Original Six[[note]]except for the Blackhawks[[/note]] are located in the East.[[note]]In fact, ''no'' such matchups were possible in the wake of the 1967 expansion by design. At some point, it could change again...[[/note]]


** The Detroit Red Wings ended a 42-year wait (begun 1955) in 1997 by sweeping the Philadelphia Flyers. They followed up by sweeping the Washington Capitals in 1998 and kept up the success for two-plus decades, though the team ended the playoff streak in 2017 and have fallen off ''hard'' in recent years.

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** The Detroit Red Wings ended a 42-year wait (begun 1955) in 1997 by sweeping the Philadelphia Flyers. They followed up by sweeping the Washington Capitals in 1998 and kept up the success for two-plus decades, 25 years, though the team ended the their playoff streak in 2017 and have fallen off ''hard'' in recent years.



** Every possible Original Six matchup except for one (Blackhawks/Rangers) has been played as a Stanley Cup Final. The second-to-last unplayed matchup was crossed off the list in 2013 when the Blackhawks defeated the Bruins to win the Cup.
* The Detroit Red Wings are the most storied American team in the NHL as they have won the Stanley Cup 11 times. Their most recent championship was in 2008.

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** Every possible Original Six matchup except for one (Blackhawks/Rangers) has been played as a Stanley Cup Final. The second-to-last unplayed matchup was crossed off the list in 2013 when the Blackhawks defeated the Bruins to win the Cup.
Cup. Many of the Original Six matchups are no longer possible because the Final is always played East vs. West, and five of the Original Six[[note]]except for the Blackhawks[[/note]] are located in the East.
* The Detroit Red Wings are the most storied American team in the NHL as they have won the Stanley Cup 11 times.times, more than any other American team. Their most recent championship was in 2008.

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* Speaking of the Penguins, they were the first to win the Cup twice in a row in the salary cap era.


* Twelve of the NHL's 31 teams have never won the trophy, with the St. Louis Blues being the oldest of that bunch (founded in 1967-68, which means they're tied with Toronto for longest current drought). Four of them have never made it to the Finals (Winnipeg/Phoenix/Arizona, Atlanta/Winnipeg, Minnesota, and Columbus. [[labelnote:note]]To be fair, three of these teams are among the most recent expansion teams added to the league.[[/labelnote]])

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* Twelve of the NHL's 31 teams have never won the trophy, with the St. Louis Blues being the oldest and of that bunch (founded in 1967-68, which means they're tied with Toronto for longest current drought). Four of them those twelve, four have never made it to the Finals (Winnipeg/Phoenix/Arizona, Atlanta/Winnipeg, Minnesota, and Columbus. [[labelnote:note]]To be fair, three of these teams are among the most recent expansion teams added to the league.[[/labelnote]])[[/labelnote]])
* Of all the teams in the NHL, the St. Louis Blues have gone the longest without winning their first Cup. Founded in 1967, they're tied with the Maple Leafs for the longest Cup drought.

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