Bruce Bennett / Staff

The Stanley Cup is Probably the Most Recognizable Trophy

June 13, 2019 - 7:16 pm

The Stanley Cup is awarded to the Champions of the National Hockey League. It is probably the most recognizable trophy in all of sports. One would think that such a treasure would be handled with the upmost care at all times. Well according the historians at the NHL, that has not always been the case.

  • In 1906, the Montreal Wanderers left the Cup at a photographer’s studio for several weeks before anyone realized it was missing. When officials retrieved the trophy, they found the photographer was using it as a flower pot.
  • In 1924, some of the Montreal players were on their way to a victory party when they had a flat tire. They took the Stanley Cup out of the trunk to get to the spare tire and left it on the side of the road after they changed the tire. Unbelievably, the Cup was still there when they came back to look for it.
  • In 1957, Maurice “Rocket” Richard – yes, a member of the Montreal Canadiens (a pattern is developing here) – chipped two of his front teeth while drinking from the Cup.
  • In 1962, the Toronto Maple Leafs held a big party after winning the Stanley Cup. The Cup was badly damaged in a bonfire, and the team had to pay for the repairs.
  • In 1980, the New York Islanders won the first of four straight Stanley Cups. Forward Clark Gillies celebrated by filling the Cup with dog food and letting his canine eat from the Cup.
  • In 1996, Sylvain Lefebvre of the Colorado Avalanche had his daughter baptized in the Stanley Cup.

For more colorful stories on the history of the Stanley Cup, visit and search the multiple articles by columnist John Kreiser.

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