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 | change 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 | change 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 | change 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.

Year Winning team Coach Losing team Coach Games Winning goal
1927 Ottawa Senators (C) Dave Gill Boston Bruins (A) Art Ross 2–0–2 Cy Denneny (7:30, second)
1928 New York Rangers (A) Lester Patrick-playing Montreal Maroons (C) Eddie Gerard 3–2 Frank Boucher (3:35, third)
1929 Boston Bruins (A) Cy Denneny-playing New York Rangers (A) Lester Patrick 2–0 Bill Carson (18:02, third)
1930 Montreal Canadiens (C) Cecil Hart Boston Bruins (A) Art Ross 2–0 Howie Morenz (1:00, second)
1931 Montreal Canadiens (C) Cecil Hart Chicago Black Hawks (A) Dick Irvin 3–2 Johnny Gagnon (9:59, second)
1932 Toronto Maple Leafs (C) Dick Irvin New York Rangers (A) Lester Patrick 3–0 Ace Bailey (15:07, third)
1933 New York Rangers (A) Lester Patrick Toronto Maple Leafs (C) Dick Irvin 3–1 Bill Cook (7:34, OT)
1934 Chicago Black Hawks (A) Tommy Gorman Detroit Red Wings (A) Jack Adams 3–1 Mush March (10:05, second OT)
1935 Montreal Maroons (C) Tommy Gorman Toronto Maple Leafs (C) Dick Irvin 3–0 Baldy Northcott (16:18, second)
1936 Detroit Red Wings (A) Jack Adams Toronto Maple Leafs (C) Dick Irvin 3–1 Pete Kelly (9:45, third)
1937 Detroit Red Wings (A) Jack Adams New York Rangers (A) Lester Patrick 3–2 Marty Barry (19:22, first)
1938 Chicago Black Hawks (A) Bill Stewart Toronto Maple Leafs (C) Dick Irvin 3–1 Carl Voss (16:45, second)
1939 Boston Bruins Art Ross Toronto Maple Leafs Dick Irvin 4–1 Roy Conacher (17:54, second)
1940 New York Rangers Frank Boucher Toronto Maple Leafs Dick Irvin 4–2 Bryan Hextall (2:07, OT)
1941 Boston Bruins Cooney Weiland Detroit Red Wings Jack Adams 4–0 Bobby Bauer (8:43, second)
1942 Toronto Maple Leafs Hap Day Detroit Red Wings Jack Adams 4–3 Pete Langelle (9:48, third)
1943 Detroit Red Wings Jack Adams Boston Bruins Art Ross 4–0 Joe Carveth (12:09, first)
1944 Montreal Canadiens Dick Irvin Chicago Black Hawks Paul Thompson 4–0 Toe Blake (9:12, OT)
1945 Toronto Maple Leafs Hap Day Detroit Red Wings Jack Adams 4–3 Babe Pratt (12:14, third)
1946 Montreal Canadiens Dick Irvin Boston Bruins Dit Clapper 4–1 Toe Blake (11:06, third)
1947 Toronto Maple Leafs Hap Day Montreal Canadiens Dick Irvin 4–2 Ted Kennedy (14:39, third)
1948 Toronto Maple Leafs Hap Day Detroit Red Wings Tommy Ivan 4–0 Harry Watson (11:13, first)
1949 Toronto Maple Leafs Hap Day Detroit Red Wings Tommy Ivan 4–0 Cal Gardner (19:45, second)
1950 Detroit Red Wings Tommy Ivan New York Rangers Lynn Patrick 4–3 Pete Babando (8:31, second OT)
1951 Toronto Maple Leafs Joe Primeau Montreal Canadiens Dick Irvin 4–1 Bill Barilko (2:53, OT)
1952 Detroit Red Wings Tommy Ivan Montreal Canadiens Dick Irvin 4–0 Metro Prystai (6:50, first)
1953 Montreal Canadiens Dick Irvin Boston Bruins Lynn Patrick 4–1 Elmer Lach (1:22, OT)
1954 Detroit Red Wings Tommy Ivan Montreal Canadiens Dick Irvin 4–3 Tony Leswick (4:20, OT)
1955 Detroit Red Wings Jimmy Skinner Montreal Canadiens Dick Irvin 4–3 Gordie Howe (19:49, second)
1956 Montreal Canadiens Toe Blake Detroit Red Wings Jimmy Skinner 4–1 Maurice Richard (15:08, second)
1957 Montreal Canadiens Toe Blake Boston Bruins Milt Schmidt 4–1 Dickie Moore (0:14, second)
1958 Montreal Canadiens Toe Blake Boston Bruins Milt Schmidt 4–2 Bernie Geoffrion (19:26, second)
1959 Montreal Canadiens Toe Blake Toronto Maple Leafs Punch Imlach 4–1 Marcel Bonin (9:55, second)
1960 Montreal Canadiens Toe Blake Toronto Maple Leafs Punch Imlach 4–0 Jean Beliveau (8:16, first)
1961 Chicago Black Hawks Rudy Pilous Detroit Red Wings Sid Abel 4–2 Ab McDonald (18:49, second)
1962 Toronto Maple Leafs Punch Imlach Chicago Black Hawks Rudy Pilous 4–2 Dick Duff (14:14, third)
1963 Toronto Maple Leafs Punch Imlach Detroit Red Wings Sid Abel 4–1 Eddie Shack (13:28, third)
1964 Toronto Maple Leafs Punch Imlach Detroit Red Wings Sid Abel 4–3 Andy Bathgate (3:04, first)
1965 Montreal Canadiens Toe Blake Chicago Black Hawks Billy Reay 4–3 Jean Beliveau (0:14, first)
1966 Montreal Canadiens Toe Blake Detroit Red Wings Sid Abel 4–2 Henri Richard (2:20, OT)
1967 Toronto Maple Leafs Punch Imlach Montreal Canadiens Toe Blake 4–2 Jim Pappin (19:24, second)
1968 Montreal Canadiens (E) Toe Blake St. Louis Blues (W) Scotty Bowman 4–0 J. C. Tremblay (11:40, third)
1969 Montreal Canadiens (E) Claude Ruel St. Louis Blues (W) Scotty Bowman 4–0 John Ferguson (3:02, third)
1970 Boston Bruins (E) Harry Sinden St. Louis Blues (W) Scotty Bowman 4–0 Bobby Orr (0:40, OT)
1971 Montreal Canadiens (E) Al MacNeil Chicago Black Hawks (W) Billy Reay 4–3 Henri Richard (2:34, third)
1972 Boston Bruins (E) Tom Johnson New York Rangers (E) Emile Francis 4–2 Bobby Orr (11:18, first)
1973 Montreal Canadiens (E) Scotty Bowman Chicago Black Hawks (W) Billy Reay 4–2 Yvan Cournoyer (8:13, third)
1974 Philadelphia Flyers (W) Fred Shero Boston Bruins (E) Bep Guidolin 4–2 Rick MacLeish (14:48, first)
1975 Philadelphia Flyers (CC) Fred Shero Buffalo Sabres (PW) Floyd Smith 4–2 Bob Kelly (0:11, third)
1976 Montreal Canadiens (PW) Scotty Bowman Philadelphia Flyers (CC) Fred Shero 4–0 Guy Lafleur (14:18, third)
1977 Montreal Canadiens (PW) Scotty Bowman Boston Bruins (PW) Don Cherry 4–0 Jacques Lemaire (4:32, OT)
1978 Montreal Canadiens (PW) Scotty Bowman Boston Bruins (PW) Don Cherry 4–2 Mario Tremblay (9:20, first)
1979 Montreal Canadiens (PW) Scotty Bowman New York Rangers (CC) Fred Shero 4–1 Jacques Lemaire (1:02, second)
1980 New York Islanders (CC) Al Arbour Philadelphia Flyers (CC) Pat Quinn 4–2 Bob Nystrom (7:11, OT)
1981 New York Islanders (CC) Al Arbour Minnesota North Stars (PW) Glen Sonmor 4–1 Wayne Merrick (5:37, first)
1982 New York Islanders (PW) Al Arbour Vancouver Canucks (CC) Roger Neilson 4–0 Mike Bossy (5:00, second)
1983 New York Islanders (PW) Al Arbour Edmonton Oilers (CC) Glen Sather 4–0 Mike Bossy (12:39, first)
1984 Edmonton Oilers (CC) Glen Sather New York Islanders (PW) Al Arbour 4–1 Ken Linseman (0:38, second)
1985 Edmonton Oilers (CC) Glen Sather Philadelphia Flyers (PW) Mike Keenan 4–1 Paul Coffey (17:57, first)
1986 Montreal Canadiens (PW) Jean Perron Calgary Flames (CC) Bob Johnson 4–1 Bobby Smith (10:30, third)
1987 Edmonton Oilers (CC) Glen Sather Philadelphia Flyers (PW) Mike Keenan 4–3 Jari Kurri (14:59, second)
1988 Edmonton Oilers (CC) Glen Sather Boston Bruins (PW) Terry O'Reilly 4–0 Wayne Gretzky (9:44, second)
1989 Calgary Flames (CC) Terry Crisp Montreal Canadiens (PW) Pat Burns 4–2 Doug Gilmour (11:02, third)
1990 Edmonton Oilers (CC) John Muckler Boston Bruins (PW) Mike Milbury 4–1 Craig Simpson (9:31, second)
1991 Pittsburgh Penguins (PW) Bob Johnson Minnesota North Stars (CC) Bob Gainey 4–2 Ulf Samuelsson (2:00, first)
1992 Pittsburgh Penguins (PW) Scotty Bowman Chicago Blackhawks (CC) Mike Keenan 4–0 Ron Francis (7:59, third)
1993 Montreal Canadiens (PW) Jacques Demers Los Angeles Kings (CC) Barry Melrose 4–1 Kirk Muller (3:51, second)
1994 New York Rangers (EC) Mike Keenan Vancouver Canucks (WC) Pat Quinn 4–3 Mark Messier (13:29, second)
1995 New Jersey Devils (EC) Jacques Lemaire Detroit Red Wings (WC) Scotty Bowman 4–0 Neal Broten (7:56, second)
1996 Colorado Avalanche (WC) Marc Crawford Florida Panthers (EC) Doug MacLean 4–0 Uwe Krupp (4:31, third OT)
1997 Detroit Red Wings (WC) Scotty Bowman Philadelphia Flyers (EC) Terry Murray 4–0 Darren McCarty (13:02, second)
1998 Detroit Red Wings (WC) Scotty Bowman Washington Capitals (EC) Ron Wilson 4–0 Martin Lapointe (2:26, second)
1999 Dallas Stars (WC) Ken Hitchcock Buffalo Sabres (EC) Lindy Ruff 4–2 Brett Hull (14:51, third OT)
2000 New Jersey Devils (EC) Larry Robinson Dallas Stars (WC) Ken Hitchcock 4–2 Jason Arnott (8:20, second OT)
2001 Colorado Avalanche (WC) Bob Hartley New Jersey Devils (EC) Larry Robinson 4–3 Alex Tanguay (4:57, second)
2002 Detroit Red Wings (WC) Scotty Bowman Carolina Hurricanes (EC) Paul Maurice 4–1 Brendan Shanahan (14:04, second)
2003 New Jersey Devils (EC) Pat Burns Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (WC) Mike Babcock 4–3 Michael Rupp (2:22, second)
2004 Tampa Bay Lightning (EC) John Tortorella Calgary Flames (WC) Darryl Sutter 4–3 Ruslan Fedotenko (14:38, second)
2005 Season cancelled due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
2006 Carolina Hurricanes (EC) Peter Laviolette Edmonton Oilers (WC) Craig MacTavish 4–3 Frantisek Kaberle (4:18, second)
2007 Anaheim Ducks (WC) Randy Carlyle Ottawa Senators (EC) Bryan Murray 4–1 Travis Moen (15:44, second)
2008 Detroit Red Wings (WC) Mike Babcock Pittsburgh Penguins (EC) Michel Therrien 4–2 Henrik Zetterberg (7:36, third)
2009 Pittsburgh Penguins (EC) Dan Bylsma Detroit Red Wings (WC) Mike Babcock 4–3 Maxime Talbot (10:07, second)
2010 Chicago Blackhawks (WC) Joel Quenneville Philadelphia Flyers (EC) Peter Laviolette 4–2 Patrick Kane (4:06, OT)
2011 Boston Bruins (EC) Claude Julien Vancouver Canucks (WC) Alain Vigneault 4–3 Patrice Bergeron (14:37, first)
2012 Los Angeles Kings (WC) Darryl Sutter New Jersey Devils (EC) Peter DeBoer 4–2 Jeff Carter (12:45, first)
2013 Chicago Blackhawks (WC) Joel Quenneville Boston Bruins (EC) Claude Julien 4–2 Dave Bolland (19:01, third)
2014 Los Angeles Kings (WC) Darryl Sutter New York Rangers (EC) Alain Vigneault 4–1 Alec Martinez (14:43, second OT)
Year Winning team Coach Losing team Coach Games Winning goal

Playoff formats[change | change 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 | change source]

General
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  • Diamond, Dan; Eric Zweig, and James Duplacey (2003). The Ultimate Prize: The Stanley Cup. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-3830-5
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  • Dan Diamond (ed.), ed. (1992). The Official National Hockey League Stanley Cup Centennial Book. Firefly Books. ISBN 1-895565-15-4
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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 | change 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
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  • Dan Diamond (ed.), ed. (1992). The Official National Hockey League Stanley Cup Centennial Book. Firefly Books. ISBN 1-895565-15-4
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Other websites[change | change source]