The Stanley Cup is awarded to the playoff champion of the National Hockey League (NHL). The history of the trophy dates back to 1892 when Lord Stanley, Governor General of Canada, purchased a decorative punch bowl with the intent of awarding it to the top amateur team in Canada. It was first awarded in 1893 to the winner of the challenge trophy game. In 1915 the Stanley Cup became the trophy of an unofficial World Series type of playoff between the professional leagues, the National Hockey Association and the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. A number of changes occurred after this time, including many mergers, and in 1926 the Stanley Cup became the championship trophy of the National Hockey League. Let’s find out which team has won the Stanley cup more than any other.
Which team has won the most Stanley Cups?
The most successful team in the professional era of the Stanley Cup is the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup an impressive 24 times, although their last win was almost 20 years ago. The Canadiens also have a very good record in the Stanley Cup playoffs with 24 wins from 34 appearances, which is also a record Stanley Cup playoff appearances. The second most Stanley Cup wins is 13 by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
During the Challenge Cup era the most successful team was the Ottawa Hockey Club (the original Ottawa Senators) who successfully challenged or defended the cup on 17 occasions.
Did you know?
The Stanley Cup is the only major professional sporting trophy in North America that is not made each year. The holders keep the cup for a year and it is then given to the next winner. The trophy began life as a relatively small decorative bowl, but the names of each team (including coaches, other staff and management) are engraved on the trophy. This tradition has led to a number of additions to the base of the trophy and it is now one of the largest trophies in world sport.
There are actually three versions of the trophy. The original, that is too fragile to be used, the authenticated replacement, and a replica version displayed at the Hall of Fame!