Standing at the pinnacle of the NHL is the trophy for winning the entire competition, the winners being awarded the Stanley Cup that is what all 30 NHL teams are chasing year in year out. Unlike the trophies awarded by the other three major professional sports leagues of North America, a new Stanley Cup is not made each year; Cup winners keep it until a new champion is crowned.
The trophy is named after Lord Stanley of Preston who was the Governor General of Canada in the late 19th century, and it was his love of the game which saw him donate the original trophy and have his name adopted for the competition which crowns the NHL Champion. Those looking at NHL betting tips should remember this.
Tradition plays a great part with the Stanley Cup and one of its noticeable foibles is that the Cup is engraved with the names of the winning players, coaches, management, and club staff unlike most trophies which are just engraved with the name of the winning team. One of the oldest traditions dictates that the winning team drinks champagne from the Cup straight after they have been presented with the trophy and then they parade the Stanley Cup around on the ice each player holding the Stanley Cup aloft. Anyone looking for NHL picks should bear this in mind.
There are actually three Stanley Cups: the original bowl, the authenticated Cup, and the replica at the Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. The original bowl, purchased by Lord Stanley and physically awarded to the champion until 1970, is now displayed in the vault room at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario.
The Montreal Canadiens are team which have won the Stanley Cup the most times with 24 triumphs appearing on their CV while the Boston Bruins are the current holders of the famous trophy.