The hockey Stanley Cup is a trophy awarded to the winner of the professional National Hockey League's (NHL) Stanley Cup championship.
This championship is held annually as the final grand tournament of the NHL season. The NHL teams that qualify for the playoffs are put into the elimination style tournament, leading to the chance at winning the Stanley Cup. The winning team receives the title as the Stanley Cup Champion along with ownership of the passed along trophy for the year.
Eight teams from each region are put into the playoffs based on their season performance. The tournament then goes in order of elimination; first round, second round, conference finals, and the Stanley Cup final.
The first Stanley cup was awarded in 1894 and has been the greatest award and symbol in hockey history since. Since 1926, the Stanley Cup has been a part of the NHL and has been awarded to the championship winning team.
The Stanley Cup in hockey is the greatest trophy of achievement in the NHL. The Stanley Cup is given to the team who wins the yearly Stanley Cup championship. This championship is won through an elimination style tournament for the top NHL teams of the qualifying year. The teams qualify for the championship tournament based on their season rankings, leading them to the playoffs and the rounds.
In 2019, the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup championship for the first time in history. The Blues won 4-1 against the Boston Bruins in the final Stanley Cup championship game. The 2019 Stanley Cup final was played at the TD Garden in Massachusetts, the home of the Boston Bruins. Through this final win, the Blues got to bring back the Stanley Cup to St. Louis for the first time in history.
The teams who have never won the Stanley Cup in the history of the NHL are:
Previous to the 2019 Stanley Cup Championship, the St. Louis Blues have never won a Stanley Cup championship, breaking history for themselves in 2019.
The Stanley Cup is called the Stanley Cup because it is named after Canada's sixth governor general, Lord Stanley of Preston. In 1892, Lord Stanley bought the silver cup that is now the Stanley Cup and donated it to be used as a trophy for the best hockey team in the world.1 From his donation, the trophy was named after him and the name stuck with it. In 1926, the NHL made the Stanley Cup its national trophy for the annual professional hockey championship and it was awarded to the best team in the world annually since then.