List of Stanley Cup champions

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This is a list of Stanley Cup champions, including finalists and challengers. The Stanley Cup, donated by former Governor General of Canada Lord Stanley of Preston in 1892, is the oldest professional sports trophy in North America.[1] Originally inscribed the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, the trophy started out as an award for Canada's top-ranking amateur ice hockey club. Today, it is awarded to the top team in the National Hockey League, a professional ice hockey league.

Challenge era[change | edit source]

Date Winning team Coach Losing team Playoff format Score Winning goal
March 17, 1893 Montreal HC (AHAC) Harry Shaw (mgr.) 1893 AHAC champions, no challengers
March 22, 1894 Montreal HC (AHAC) Harry Shaw (mgr.) Ottawa HC (AHAC) Single-elimination
(1894 AHAC championship playoff)
3–1 Billy Barlow (9:00, 3rd qtr)
March 8, 1895 Montreal Victorias (AHAC) Mike Grant (capt.) 1895 AHAC Champion[A]
February 14, 1896 Winnipeg Victorias (MHA) Jack Armytage (capt.) Montreal Victorias (AHAC) Single-elimination 2–0 Dan Bain
February 29, 1896 Winnipeg Victorias (MHA) Jack Armytage (capt.) 1896 MHA champion[2]
December 30, 1896 Montreal Victorias (AHAC) Mike Grant (capt.) Winnipeg Victorias (MHA) Single-elimination 6–5 Ernie McLean
March 6, 1897 Montreal Victorias (AHAC) Mike Grant (capt.) 1897 AHAC Champion
December 27, 1897 Montreal Victorias (AHAC) Mike Grant (capt.) Ottawa Capitals (CCHA) Single-elimination[B] 15–2
March 5, 1898 Montreal Victorias (AHAC) Frank Richardson 1898 AHAC Champion
February 15–18, 1899 Montreal Victorias (CAHL) Frank Richardson Winnipeg Victorias (MHA) Two-game total goals 5–3 B. McDougall (2nd half)
March 4, 1899 Montreal Shamrocks (CAHL) Harry Trihey (capt.) 1899 CAHL Champion
March 14,1899 Montreal Shamrocks (CAHL) Harry Trihey (capt.) Queen's University (OHA) Single-elimination 6–2 Harry Trihey
February 12–15, 1900 Montreal Shamrocks (CAHL) Harry Trihey (capt.) Winnipeg Victorias (MHA) Best-of-three 2–1 Harry Trihey (2nd half)
March 7, 1900 Montreal Shamrocks (CAHL) Harry Trihey (capt.) Halifax Crescents (MaHL) Best-of-three 2–0 Joe McKenna
March 10, 1900 Montreal Shamrocks (CAHL) Harry Trihey (capt.) 1900 CAHL Champion
January 29–31,1901 Winnipeg Victorias (MHA) Dan Bain (capt.) Montreal Shamrocks (CAHL) Best-of-three 2–0 Dan Bain
February 19, 1901 Winnipeg Victorias (MHA) Dan Bain (capt.) Winnipeg HC (MHA) Single-elimination
(1901 MHA championship)
4–3[3]
January 21–23, 1902 Winnipeg Victorias (MHA) Dan Bain (capt.) Toronto Wellingtons (OHA) Best-of-three 2–0 Scanlon (9:00, 2nd half)
March, 1902 Winnipeg Victorias (MHA) Dan Bain (capt.) 1902 MHA Champion
March 15–17, 1902 Montreal HC (CAHL) Clarence McKerrow Winnipeg Victorias (MHA) Best-of-three 2–1 Jack Marshall (1st half)
January 29–31,
February 2–4, 1903
Montreal HC (CAHL) Clarence McKerrow Winnipeg Victorias (MHA) Best-of-three 2–1[C] Tom Phillips
March 7–10, 1903 Ottawa Senators (CAHL) Alf Smith Montreal Victorias (CAHL) Two-game total goals
(1903 CAHL championship playoff)
9–1
March 12–14, 1903 Ottawa Senators (CAHL) Alf Smith Rat Portage Thistles (MNWHA) Best-of-three 2–1 Frank McGee (8:20, 1st half)
January 1–4, 1904 Ottawa Senators (CAHL) Alf Smith Winnipeg Rowing Club (MHA) Best-of-three 2–1 Frank McGee (11:00, 2nd half)
February 23–25, 1904 Ottawa Senators[D] Alf Smith Toronto Marlboros (OHA) Best-of-three 2–0 Moore (9:38, 1st half)
March 2, 1904 Ottawa Senators[D] Alf Smith Montreal Wanderers (FAHL) Two-game total goals [E]
March 9–11, 1904 Ottawa Senators[D] Alf Smith Brandon Wheat Kings (MNWHA) Best-of-three 2–0
January 13–16, 1905 Ottawa Senators (FAHL) Alf Smith Dawson City Nuggets Best-of-three 2–0 Harry Westwick (12:15, 1st half)
March 3, 1905 Ottawa Senators (FAHL) Alf Smith 1905 FAHL Champion
March 7–9, 1905 Ottawa Senators (FAHL) Alf Smith Rat Portage Thistles (MHL) Best-of-three 2–1 Frank McGee
February 27–28, 1906 Ottawa Senators (ECAHA) Alf Smith Queen's University (OHA) Best-of-three 2–0 Harvey Pulford (10:00, 2nd half)
March 6–8, 1906 Ottawa Senators (ECAHA) Alf Smith Smiths Falls (FAHL) Best-of-three 2–0 Frank McGee (17:45, 1st half)
March 14–17, 1906 Montreal Wanderers (ECAHA) Cecil Blanchford (capt.) Ottawa Senators (ECAHA) Two-game total goals
(1906 ECAHA championship playoff)
12–10 Lester Patrick
December 27–29, 1906 Montreal Wanderers (ECAHA) Cecil Blanchford (capt.) New Glasgow Cubs (MaHL) Two-game total goals 17–5
January 21–23, 1907 Kenora Thistles (MPHL) James Link Montreal Wanderers (ECAHA) Two-game total goals 12–8 Roxy Beaudro
March 16–18, 1907 Kenora Thistles (MPHL) James Link Brandon Wheat Kings (MPHL) Best-of-three
(1907 MPHL championship)
2–0
March 23–25, 1907 Montreal Wanderers (ECAHA) Cecil Blanchford Kenora Thistles (MPHL) Two-game total goals 12–8 Ernest "Moose" Johnson
January 9–13, 1908 Montreal Wanderers (ECAHA) Cecil Blanchford Ottawa Victorias (FAHL) Two-game total goals 22–4
March 7, 1908 Montreal Wanderers (ECAHA) Cecil Blanchford 1908 ECAHA Champions
March 10–12, 1908 Montreal Wanderers (ECAHA) Cecil Blanchford Winnipeg Maple Leafs (MPHL) Two-game total goals 20–8
March 14, 1908 Montreal Wanderers (ECAHA) Cecil Blanchford Toronto (OPHL) Single-elimination 6–4 Ernest "Moose" Johnson
December 28–30, 1908 Montreal Wanderers (ECAHA) Cecil Blanchford Edmonton Hockey Club (AAHA) Two-game total goals 13–10
March 6, 1909 Ottawa Senators (ECAHA) Pete Green 1909 ECAHA champions
January 5–7, 1910 Ottawa Senators (CHA) Pete Green Galt (OPHL) Two-game total goals 15–4 Bruce Ridpath (2nd half)
January 18–20, 1910 Ottawa Senators (NHA) Pete Green Edmonton Hockey Club (AAHA) Two-game total goals 21–11 Bruce Stuart (23:45, 1st half)
March 9, 1910 Montreal Wanderers (NHA) Frank "Pud" Glass (capt.) 1910 NHA Champion
March 12, 1910 Montreal Wanderers (NHA) Frank "Pud" Glass (capt.) Berlin Union Jacks (OPHL) Single-elimination 7–3 Harry Hyland (22:00, 1st half)
March 10, 1911 Ottawa Senators (NHA) Pete Green 1911 NHA Champions
March 13, 1911 Ottawa Senators (NHA) Pete Green Galt (OPHL) Single-elimination 7–4 Marty Walsh (5:00, 3rd)
March 16, 1911 Ottawa Senators (NHA) Pete Green Port Arthur Bearcats (NOHA) Single-elimination 13–4 Marty Walsh (4:30, 2nd)
March 5, 1912 Quebec Bulldogs (NHA) Charles Nolan 1912 NHA Champions
March 11–13, 1912 Quebec Bulldogs (NHA) Charles Nolan Moncton Victorias (MaPHL) Best-of-three 2–0 Joe Malone (18:00, 1st)
March 5, 1913 Quebec Bulldogs (NHA) Joe Malone (capt.) 1913 NHA Champions
March 8–10, 1913 Quebec Bulldogs (NHA) Joe Malone (capt.) Sydney Miners (MaPHL) Two-game total goals 20–5
March 7–11, 1914 Toronto Blueshirts (NHA) Scotty Davidson Montreal Canadiens (NHA) Two-game total goals
(1914 NHA championship playoff)
6–2
March 14–19, 1914 Toronto Blueshirts (NHA) Scotty Davidson Victoria Aristocrats (PCHA) Best-of-five 3–0 [F] Harry Cameron (6:00, 3rd)
Notes

^ A. Although the Montreal Victorias won the AHAC title in 1895, the Stanley Cup trustees had already accepted a challenge from the 1894 Cup champion Montreal HC and Queen's University. As a compromise, the trustees decided that if the Montreal HC won the challenge match, the Victorias would become the Stanley Cup champions. The Montreals eventually won the game, 5–1, and their crosstown rivals were awarded the Cup.

^ B. Intended to be a best-of-three series, Ottawa Capitals withdrew their challenge after the first game.

^ C. The January 31 (a Saturday) game was tied 2–2 at midnight and the Mayor of Westmount refused to allow play to continue on the Sunday. The game was played on February 2 (a Monday) and the January 31 game was considered to be void.[4]

^ D. For most of 1904, the Ottawa Senators were not affiliated with any league.

^ E. The Montreal Wanderers were disqualified as the result of a dispute. After game one ended tied at the end of regulation, 5–5, the Wanderers refused to play overtime with the current referee, and then subsequently refused to play the next game of the series in Ottawa.

^ F. Victoria did not formally challenge for the Stanley Cup with the Stanley Cup trustees. Toronto accepted the challenge directly.[5]

Source
  • Coleman, Charles L. (1964). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc.. Sherbrooke Daily Record Company Limited.

NHA/NHL vs. PCHA/WCHL/WHL champions[change | edit source]

Season Winning team Coach Losing team Coach Games Winning goal
1914–15 Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA) Frank Patrick Ottawa Senators (NHA) Frank Shaughnessy (mgr.) 3–0 Barney Stanley (5:30, 2nd)
1915–16 Montreal Canadiens (NHA) George Kennedy Portland Rosebuds (PCHA) Edward Savage (mgr.) 3–2 George Prodger (17:20, 3rd)
1916–17 Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) Pete Muldoon Montreal Canadiens (NHA) Newsy Lalonde 3–1 Bernie Morris (7:55, 1st)
1917–18 Toronto (NHL) Dick Carroll Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA) Frank Patrick 3–2 Corb Denneny (10:30, 3rd)
1918–19 Not awarded because of the flu epidemic.
1919–20 Ottawa Senators (NHL) Pete Green Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) Pete Muldoon 3–2 Jack Darragh (5:00, 3rd)
1920–21 Ottawa Senators (NHL) Pete Green Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA) Lloyd Cook & Frank Patrick 3–2 Jack Darragh (9:40, 2nd)
1921–22 Toronto St. Pats (NHL) George O'Donoghue Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA) Lloyd Cook & Frank Patrick 3–2 Babe Dye (4:20, 1st)
1922–23 Ottawa Senators (NHL) Pete Green Edmonton Eskimos (WCHL) Ken McKenzine 2–0 Punch Broadbent (11:23, 1st)
1923–24 Montreal Canadiens (NHL) Leo Dandurand Calgary Tigers (WCHL) Eddie Oatman 2–0 Howie Morenz (4:55, 1st)
1924–25 Victoria Cougars (WCHL) Lester Patrick Montreal Canadiens (NHL) Leo Dandurand 3–1 Gizzy Hart (2:35, 2nd)
1925–26 Montreal Maroons (NHL) Eddie Gerard Victoria Cougars (WHL) Lester Patrick 3–1 Nels Stewart (2:50, 2nd)

NHL champion[change | edit source]

The Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded to the player who is judged to be the most valuable player to his team during the playoffs.[6] It was first awarded during the 1964–65 playoffs.

Season Winning team Coach Losing team Coach Games Winning goal
1926–27 Ottawa Senators (C) Dave Gill Boston Bruins (A) Art Ross 2–0–2 Cy Denneny (7:30, 2nd)
1927–28 New York Rangers (A) Lester Patrick Montreal Maroons (C) Eddie Gerard 3–2 Frank Boucher (3:35, 3rd)
1928–29 Boston Bruins (A) Cy Denneny New York Rangers (A) Lester Patrick 2–0 Bill Carson (18:02, 3rd)
1929–30 Montreal Canadiens (C) Cecil Hart Boston Bruins (A) Art Ross 2–0 Howie Morenz (1:00, 2nd)
1930–31 Montreal Canadiens (C) Cecil Hart Chicago Black Hawks (A) Dick Irvin 3–2 Johnny Gagnon (9:59, 2nd)
1931–32 Toronto Maple Leafs (C) Dick Irvin New York Rangers (A) Lester Patrick 3–0 Ace Bailey (15:07, 3rd)
1932–33 New York Rangers (A) Lester Patrick Toronto Maple Leafs (C) Dick Irvin 3–1 Bill Cook (7:34, OT)
1933–34 Chicago Black Hawks (A) Tommy Gorman Detroit Red Wings (A) Jack Adams 3–1 Mush March (10:05, 2nd OT)
1934–35 Montreal Maroons (C) Tommy Gorman Toronto Maple Leafs (C) Dick Irvin 3–0 Baldy Northcott (16:18, 2nd)
1935–36 Detroit Red Wings (A) Jack Adams Toronto Maple Leafs (C) Dick Irvin 3–1 Pete Kelly (9:45, 3rd)
1936–37 Detroit Red Wings (A) Jack Adams New York Rangers (A) Lester Patrick 3–2 Marty Barry (19:22, 1st)
1937–38 Chicago Black Hawks (A) Bill Stewart Toronto Maple Leafs (C) Dick Irvin 3–1 Carl Voss (16:45, 2nd)
1938–39 Boston Bruins Art Ross Toronto Maple Leafs Dick Irvin 4–1 Roy Conacher (17:54, 2nd)
1939–40 New York Rangers Frank Boucher Toronto Maple Leafs Dick Irvin 4–2 Bryan Hextall (2:07, OT)
1940–41 Boston Bruins Cooney Weiland Detroit Red Wings Ebbie Goodfellow 4–0 Bobby Bauer (8:43, 2nd)
1941–42 Toronto Maple Leafs Hap Day Detroit Red Wings Jack Adams 4–3 Pete Langelle (9:48, 3rd)
1942–43 Detroit Red Wings Jack Adams Boston Bruins Art Ross 4–0 Joe Carveth (12:09, 1st)
1943–44 Montreal Canadiens Dick Irvin Chicago Black Hawks Paul Thompson 4–0 Toe Blake (9:12, OT)
1944–45 Toronto Maple Leafs Hap Day Detroit Red Wings Jack Adams 4–3 Babe Pratt (12:14, 3rd)
1945–46 Montreal Canadiens Dick Irvin Boston Bruins Dit Clapper 4–1 Toe Blake (11:06, 3rd)
1946–47 Toronto Maple Leafs Hap Day Montreal Canadiens Dick Irvin 4–2 Ted Kennedy (14:39, 3rd)
1947–48 Toronto Maple Leafs Hap Day Detroit Red Wings Tommy Ivan 4–0 Harry Watson (11:13, 1st)
1948–49 Toronto Maple Leafs Hap Day Detroit Red Wings Tommy Ivan 4–0 Cal Gardner (19:45, 2nd)
1949–50 Detroit Red Wings Tommy Ivan New York Rangers Lynn Patrick 4–3 Pete Babando (8:31, 2nd OT)
1950–51 Toronto Maple Leafs Joe Primeau Montreal Canadiens Dick Irvin 4–1 Bill Barilko (2:53, OT)
1951–52 Detroit Red Wings Tommy Ivan Montreal Canadiens Dick Irvin 4–0 Metro Prystai (6:50, 1st)
1952–53 Montreal Canadiens Dick Irvin Boston Bruins Lynn Patrick 4–1 Elmer Lach (1:22, OT)
1953–54 Detroit Red Wings Tommy Ivan Montreal Canadiens Dick Irvin 4–3 Tony Leswick (4:20, OT)
1954–55 Detroit Red Wings Jimmy Skinner Montreal Canadiens Dick Irvin 4–3 Gordie Howe (19:49, 2nd)
1955–56 Montreal Canadiens Toe Blake Detroit Red Wings Jimmy Skinner 4–1 Maurice Richard (15:08, 2nd)
1956–57 Montreal Canadiens Toe Blake Boston Bruins Milt Schmidt 4–1 Dickie Moore (0:14, 2nd)
1957–58 Montreal Canadiens Toe Blake Boston Bruins Milt Schmidt 4–2 Bernie Geoffrion (19:26, 2nd)
1958–59 Montreal Canadiens Toe Blake Toronto Maple Leafs Punch Imlach 4–1 Marcel Bonin (9:55, 2nd)
1959–60 Montreal Canadiens Toe Blake Toronto Maple Leafs Punch Imlach 4–0 Jean Beliveau (8:16, 1st)
1960–61 Chicago Black Hawks Rudy Pilous Detroit Red Wings Sid Abel 4–2 Ab McDonald (18:49, 2nd)
1961–62 Toronto Maple Leafs Punch Imlach Chicago Black Hawks Rudy Pilous 4–2 Dick Duff (14:14, 3rd)
1962–63 Toronto Maple Leafs Punch Imlach Detroit Red Wings Sid Abel 4–1 Eddie Shack (13:28, 3rd)
1963–64 Toronto Maple Leafs Punch Imlach Detroit Red Wings Sid Abel 4–3 Andy Bathgate (3:04, 1st)
1964–65 Montreal Canadiens Toe Blake Chicago Black Hawks Billy Reay 4–3 Jean Beliveau (0:14, 1st)
1965–66 Montreal Canadiens Toe Blake Detroit Red Wings Sid Abel 4–2 Henri Richard (2:20, OT)
1966–67 Toronto Maple Leafs Punch Imlach Montreal Canadiens Toe Blake 4–2 Jim Pappin (19:24, 2nd)
1967–68 Montreal Canadiens (E) Toe Blake St. Louis Blues (W) Scotty Bowman 4–0 J.C. Tremblay (11:40, 3rd)
1968–69 Montreal Canadiens (E) Claude Ruel St. Louis Blues (W) Scotty Bowman 4–0 John Ferguson (3:02, 3rd)
1969–70 Boston Bruins (E) Harry Sinden St. Louis Blues (W) Scotty Bowman 4–0 Bobby Orr (0:40, OT)
1970–71 Montreal Canadiens (E) Al MacNeil Chicago Black Hawks (W) Bill Reay 4–3 Henri Richard (2:34, 3rd)
1971–72 Boston Bruins (E) Tom Johnson New York Rangers (E) Emile Francis 4–2 Bobby Orr (11:18, 1st)
1972–73 Montreal Canadiens (E) Scotty Bowman Chicago Black Hawks (W) Bill Reay 4–2 Yvan Cournoyer (8:13, 3rd)
1973–74 Philadelphia Flyers (W) Fred Shero Boston Bruins (E) Bep Guidolin 4–2 Rick MacLeish (14:48, 1st)
1974–75 Philadelphia Flyers Fred Shero Buffalo Sabres Floyd Smith 4–2 Bob Kelly (0:11, 3rd)
1975–76 Montreal Canadiens Scotty Bowman Philadelphia Flyers Fred Shero 4–0 Guy Lafleur (14:18, 3rd)
1976–77 Montreal Canadiens Scotty Bowman Boston Bruins Don Cherry 4–0 Jacques Lemaire (4:32, OT)
1977–78 Montreal Canadiens Scotty Bowman Boston Bruins Don Cherry 4–2 Mario Tremblay (9:20, 1st)
1978–79 Montreal Canadiens Scotty Bowman New York Rangers Fred Shero 4–1 Jacques Lemaire (1:02, 2nd)
1979–80 New York Islanders Al Arbour Philadelphia Flyers Pat Quinn 4–2 Bob Nystrom (7:11, OT)
1980–81 New York Islanders Al Arbour Minnesota North Stars Glen Sonmor 4–1 Wayne Merrick (5:37, 1st)
1981–82 New York Islanders (PW) Al Arbour Vancouver Canucks (CC) Roger Neilson 4–0 Mike Bossy (5:00, 2nd)
1982–83 New York Islanders (PW) Al Arbour Edmonton Oilers (CC) Glen Sather 4–0 Mike Bossy (12:39, 1st)
1983–84 Edmonton Oilers (CC) Glen Sather New York Islanders (PW) Al Arbour 4–1 Ken Linseman (0:38, 2nd)
1984–85 Edmonton Oilers (CC) Glen Sather Philadelphia Flyers (PW) Mike Keenan 4–1 Paul Coffey (17:57, 1st)
1985–86 Montreal Canadiens (PW) Jean Perron Calgary Flames (CC) Bob Johnson 4–1 Bobby Smith (10:30, 3rd)
1986–87 Edmonton Oilers (CC) Glen Sather Philadelphia Flyers (PW) Mike Keenan 4–3 Jari Kurri (14:59, 2nd)
1987–88 Edmonton Oilers (CC) Glen Sather Boston Bruins (PW) Terry O'Reilly 4–0 Wayne Gretzky (9:44, 2nd)
1988–89 Calgary Flames (CC) Terry Crisp Montreal Canadiens (PW) Pat Burns 4–2 Doug Gilmour (11:02, 3rd)
1989–90 Edmonton Oilers (CC) John Muckler Boston Bruins (PW) Mike Milbury 4–1 Craig Simpson (9:31, 2nd)
1990–91 Pittsburgh Penguins (PW) Bob Johnson Minnesota North Stars (CC) Bob Gainey 4–2 Ulf Samuelsson (2:00, 1st)
1991–92 Pittsburgh Penguins (PW) Scotty Bowman Chicago Blackhawks (CC) Mike Keenan 4–0 Ron Francis (7:59, 3rd)
1992–93 Montreal Canadiens (PW) Jacques Demers Los Angeles Kings (CC) Barry Melrose 4–1 Kirk Muller (3:51, 2nd)
1993–94 New York Rangers (EC) Mike Keenan Vancouver Canucks (WC) Pat Quinn 4–3 Mark Messier (13:29, 2nd)
1994–95 New Jersey Devils (EC) Jacques Lemaire Detroit Red Wings (WC) Scotty Bowman 4–0 Neal Broten (7:56, 2nd)
1995–96 Colorado Avalanche (WC) Marc Crawford Florida Panthers (EC) Doug MacLean 4–0 Uwe Krupp (4:31, 3rd OT)
1996–97 Detroit Red Wings (WC) Scotty Bowman Philadelphia Flyers (EC) Terry Murray 4–0 Darren McCarty (13:02, 2nd)
1997–98 Detroit Red Wings (WC) Scotty Bowman Washington Capitals (EC) Ron Wilson 4–0 Martin Lapointe (2:26, 2nd)
1998–99 Dallas Stars (WC) Ken Hitchcock Buffalo Sabres (EC) Lindy Ruff 4–2 Brett Hull (14:51, 3rd OT)
1999–00 New Jersey Devils (EC) Larry Robinson Dallas Stars (WC) Ken Hitchcock 4–2 Jason Arnott (8:20, 2nd OT)
2000–01 Colorado Avalanche (WC) Bob Hartley New Jersey Devils (EC) Larry Robinson 4–3 Alex Tanguay (4:57, 2nd)
2001–02 Detroit Red Wings (WC) Scotty Bowman Carolina Hurricanes (EC) Paul Maurice 4–1 Brendan Shanahan (14:04, 2nd)
2002–03 New Jersey Devils (EC) Pat Burns Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (WC) Mike Babcock 4–3 Michael Rupp (2:22, 2nd)
2003–04 Tampa Bay Lightning (EC) John Tortorella Calgary Flames (WC) Darryl Sutter 4–3 Ruslan Fedotenko (14:38, 2nd)
2004–05 Not awarded because of the cancellation of the 2004–05 season.
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes (EC) Peter Laviolette Edmonton Oilers (WC) Craig MacTavish 4–3 Frantisek Kaberle (4:18, 2nd)
2006–07 Anaheim Ducks (WC) Randy Carlyle Ottawa Senators (EC) Bryan Murray 4–1 Travis Moen (15:44, 2nd)
2007–08 Detroit Red Wings (WC) Mike Babcock Pittsburgh Penguins (EC) Michel Therrien 4–2 Henrik Zetterberg (7:36, 3rd)
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins (EC) Dan Bylsma Detroit Red Wings (WC) Mike Babcock 4–3 Max Talbot (10:07, second)
2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks (WC) Joel Quenneville Philadelphia Flyers (EC) Peter Laviolette 4–2 Patrick Kane (4:06, OT)
2010–11 Boston Bruins (EC) Claude Julien Vancouver Canucks (WC) Alain Vigneault 4–3 Patrice Bergeron (14:37, first)

Playoff formats[change | edit source]

  • 1926–27 to 1927–28: After NHL became the only league to compete for the Cup, the playoff champion of the NHL Canadian Division faced the playoff champion of the NHL American Division in the Stanley Cup Finals.[7]
  • 1928–29 to 1937–38: The league changed the playoff format: In the Stanley Cup Quarterfinals, both second place teams faced each other, as did the two third place teams. Both first place teams received a bye and automatically advanced to the semifinals, but had to face each other in that playoff round. As a result, two teams from the same division occasionally played each other in the Stanley Cup Finals.[7]
  • 1938–39 to 1966–67: Before the start of the 1938–39 season, the league contracted to seven teams, causing the league to implement a one division format. The NHL contracted even further to only six clubs by the 1942–43 season, beginning a period that became known as the Original Six Era.[7]
  • 1967–68 to 1969–70: As a result of the 1967 NHL Expansion, the league realigned its teams into the East Division and the West Division, with the playoffs arranged so that teams from each division would meet in the Stanley Cup Finals.[7]
  • 1970–71 to 1973–74: The league changed the playoff format again so that an Eastern Division team would always face a Western Division team in the Stanley Cup Semifinals. Therefore, two teams from the same division could face each other in the Stanley Cup Finals.[7]
  • 1974–75 to 1980–81: The league expanded to 18 teams and realigned into two conferences: the Prince of Wales Conference and the Clarence Campbell Conference. Twelve teams qualified for the postseason, but were seeded 1–12 regardless of conference (the four division winners received first round byes). This type of seeding system would continue after the league expanded the playoffs to 16 teams before the 1979–80 season.[7]
  • 1981–82 to 1992–93: The postseason format was altered so that once again the playoff champion of the Prince of Wales Conference faced the playoff champion of the Clarence Campbell Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals.
  • 1993–94 to Present: The league's two conferences were renamed the Eastern and Western Conferences, respectively.[7]

References[change | edit source]

General
Specific
  1. "Stanley Cup Fun Facts". NHL.com. http://www.nhl.com/cup/fun_facts.html. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
  2. "After the puck", The Globe and Mail: pg. 06, March 2, 1896
  3. "Victorias Always Win", The Globe and Mail: pg. 10, February 20, 1901
  4. Coleman(1964), pg. 82
  5. Diamond, pg. 46
  6. "Conn Smythe Trophy". National Hockey League. http://www.nhl.com/trophies/smythe.html. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 "List of Stanley Cup Playoff Formats". NHL.com. http://www.nhl.com/cup/formats.html. Retrieved 2008-04-18.

Further reading[change | edit source]

  • Diamond, Dan; Eric Zweig, and James Duplacey (2003). The Ultimate Prize: The Stanley Cup. Andrews McMeel Publishing. pp. pp. 21–26. ISBN 0-7407-3830-5.
  • Dan Diamond (ed.), ed. (1992). The Official National Hockey League Stanley Cup Centennial Book. Firefly Books. ISBN 1-895565-15-4.
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-55168-261-3.

Other websites[change | edit source]