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Punch Bowl Became Stanley Cup
Lord Stanley, then the governor general of Canada, originally purchased a decorative punch bowl from a London silversmith in 1892 for about $50.
He wanted a trophy that could be awarded to the top hockey club in Canada. It initially stood about seven inches tall and about a foot in diameter.
Today, that trophy is known as the Stanley Cup — awarded annually to the National Hockey League champions. Many tiered rings and bands have been added and retired from the cup over the years, since the name of every member of the winning team is inscribed on it.
The trophy has been awarded 99 times — from 1914 to the end of the 2017 season. Twenty-three teams have won the trophy, 18 of which are still active in the league today.
The Montreal Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup a record 24 times. The Toronto Maple Leafs are second with 13, with the Detroit Red Wings next at 11.
Five active teams have yet to earn a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals. Three of these teams have remained in the same location since their inceptions: Columbus Blue Jackets (16 seasons, three playoffs), Minnesota Wild (16 seasons, eight playoffs) and the Vegas Golden Knights (2017 expansion team).
Only two franchises have won the Stanley Cup in at least four consecutive seasons since 1950: Montreal (1956-60, 1976-79) and the New York Islanders (1980-83). These two teams were back-to-back dynasties, winning the championship every year from 1976 to 1983.
Both the Chicago Blackhawks (2010, 2013, 2015) and Pittsburgh Penguins (2009, 2016, 2017) have won the cup three times in the last nine seasons.