12 Fascinating Facts About the Stanley Cup Every Hockey Fan Should Know

You know how exciting the Stanley Cup is, right?

It’s the most coveted trophy in professional hockey, representing the ultimate success in the NHL.

Let’s dive into its history, some fascinating facts, and the latest updates. From its origins to recent champions, we’ve got you covered!

Key Highlights of the Stanley Cup

Why is it Called the Stanley Cup?Named after Lord Stanley of Preston, who donated it in 1892.
Weight34.5 pounds (15.6 kg); 35.25 inches (89.5 cm) tall.
Recent Champions2024: Florida Panthers, 2023: Vegas Golden Knights, 2022: Colorado Avalanche
2024 MVPConnor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers).
Panthers’ 2024 VictoryWon first Stanley Cup, beating Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in Game 7.
Wait for First CupPanthers: 30 years; Kings: 45 years; Capitals: 44 years; Blues: 52 years.
Teams Without a CupCoyotes, Sabres, Blue Jackets, Panthers, Wild, Predators, Senators, Sharks.
Keith TkachukNever won a Cup; son Matthew won in 2024 with Panthers.
2024 Finals DetailsPanthers beat Oilers in 7 games; Game 7 score: 2-1.
Parade ScheduleJune 30, 2024, in South Florida. Weather: thunderstorms, 90°F.
Stanley Cup MishapsDropped/damaged in 1905, 1924, 1962, 1991, 2008.
Player EarningsWinners get $6.5 million; approx. $242,000 per player.

1. Why is it Called the Stanley Cup?

Ever wondered why it’s called the Stanley Cup?

Well, it’s named after Lord Stanley of Preston, who was the Governor General of Canada back in 1892.

He and his family fell in love with hockey after watching games at the 1889 Winter Carnival in Montreal.

Lord Stanley bought a decorative cup to be awarded to the top amateur hockey team in Canada.

It was first called the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, but folks soon started calling it Lord Stanley’s Cup, and eventually, just the Stanley Cup. Pretty cool, right?

“The Stanley Cup is not just a trophy; it’s a piece of history. Holding it, you feel the weight of all those who lifted it before you.” – Wayne Gretzky, The Hockey News

2. How Much Does the Lord Stanley’s Cup Weigh?

Did you know the Lord Stanley’s Cup weighs 34.5 pounds (15.6 kilograms) and stands 35.25 inches (89.5 centimeters) tall?

That’s pretty heavy! When Lord Stanley first donated it in 1892, it was only 7.28 inches tall.

It grew to its current height by 1924 to fit all the championship team names.

Even though it’s heavy, players say it feels light when they lift it because they’re so excited!

3. List of Stanley Cup Champions Till Now

Here are the recent Stanley Cup champions:

  • 2024: Florida Panthers (first title)
  • 2023: Vegas Golden Knights
  • 2022: Colorado Avalanche
  • 2021: Tampa Bay Lightning
  • 2020: Tampa Bay Lightning
  • 2019: St. Louis Blues
  • 2018: Washington Capitals
  • 2017: Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 2016: Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 2015: Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2014: Los Angeles Kings
  • 2013: Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2012: Los Angeles Kings
  • 2011: Boston Bruins
  • 2010: Chicago Blackhawks

Some interesting facts:

  • The Montreal Canadiens hold the record with 24 Stanley Cup titles.
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs follow with 13, and the Detroit Red Wings have 11.
  • The last Canadian team to win was the Montreal Canadiens in 1993.
  • Out of the 32 current NHL teams, 16 have won the Stanley Cup at least once.

“Winning the Stanley Cup is the ultimate dream for any hockey player. It’s not just about the game; it’s about the journey and the bond with your teammates.” – Sidney Crosby, NHL.com

4. Who Won MVP of the Lord Stanley’s Cup in 2024?

Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the 2024 Lord Stanley’s Cup playoffs.

Even though his team lost to the Florida Panthers, McDavid played so well that he earned this honor.

He’s the sixth player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy while being on the losing team in the Stanley Cup Final.

5. Did the Florida Panthers Win the Lord Stanley’s Cup in 2024?

Yes, they did! The Florida Panthers won their first Lord Stanley’s Cup in 2024 by beating the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in Game 7 of the Finals. Here’s how they did it:

  • They won Game 7 at home in Amerant Bank Arena.
  • Carter Verhaeghe and Sam Reinhart scored the goals.
  • Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves on 24 shots.

This win was huge for the Panthers. It was their first championship in 30 seasons. They almost lost after leading 3-0 in the series but came back strong to win Game 7.

“The moment we lifted that Cup, it was like all those years of hard work and perseverance paid off. It was pure magic.” – Aleksander Barkov, Sports Illustrated

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6. How Long Did the Panthers Wait for Their First Stanley Cup Compared to Other Teams?

The Panthers waited 30 years from their start in 1993 to win their first Stanley Cup in 2024.

This might seem long, but other teams waited even longer:

  • The Los Angeles Kings waited 45 years before winning in 2012.
  • The Washington Capitals waited 44 years (1974-2018).
  • The St. Louis Blues waited 52 years (1967-2019).

The Panthers’ win came in their third Stanley Cup Final appearance after losses in 1996 and 2023. It shows how perseverance pays off!

7. What Teams Have Never Won a Stanley Cup?

As of 2024, these eleven NHL teams have never won a NHL Championship Trophy:

  1. Arizona Coyotes
  2. Buffalo Sabres
  3. Columbus Blue Jackets
  4. Florida Panthers
  5. Minnesota Wild
  6. Nashville Predators
  7. Ottawa Senators (1992 version)
  8. San Jose Sharks
  9. Seattle Kraken
  10. Vancouver Canucks
  11. Winnipeg Jets

Notable points:

  • The Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, and Florida Panthers have made it to the Finals multiple times but haven’t won.
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, Seattle Kraken, Winnipeg Jets, and Arizona Coyotes have never reached the Finals.

8. Did Keith Tkachuk Win a NHL Championship Trophy?

No, Keith Tkachuk never won a NHL Championship Trophy during his NHL career.

He played for 18 seasons but never made it to the Finals.

However, his son Matthew Tkachuk won the NHL Championship Trophy with the Florida Panthers in 2024, making it a proud moment for the Tkachuk family.

9. Details of the Stanley Cup Finals 2024

The 2024 Stanley Cup Finals were thrilling! The Florida Panthers beat the Edmonton Oilers in a seven-game series. Here are the highlights:

  • Panthers won Game 7 with a 2-1 score.
  • Florida had home-ice advantage in Games 1, 2, 5, and 7 at Amerant Bank Arena.
  • Connor McDavid of the Oilers won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs MVP.
  • The Panthers ended a 30-year wait for their first Stanley Cup.

10. Stanley Cup Parade 2024 Schedule

The Florida Panthers’ Stanley Cup parade is scheduled for Sunday, June 30, 2024. Here’s what we know:

  • The celebration will be in South Florida, likely near Sunrise.
  • Expect scattered thunderstorms with temperatures around 90°F.
  • Broadcast details will be announced, so stay tuned for updates.

11. Has Anyone Ever Dropped the NHL Championship Trophy?

Yes, the NHL Championship Trophy has been dropped and damaged a few times:

  • In 1905, the Ottawa Silver Seven kicked it into the Rideau Canal.
  • In 1924, the Montreal Canadiens left it by the roadside while changing a tire.
  • In 1962, the Toronto Maple Leafs dented it during a celebration.
  • In 1991, Pittsburgh Penguins’ Phil Bourque dropped it into Mario Lemieux’s swimming pool.
  • In 2008, Detroit Red Wings’ Chris Chelios dropped it from the roof of a bar.

These stories show the Cup’s wild journey through the years!

12. How Much Do Stanley Cup Champion Team Players Make?

During the Stanley Cup Playoffs, NHL players earn from the Playoff Player Fund, which was $22 million for the 2024 season.

The Stanley Cup winners get $6,539,375, which is about $242,000 per player if split among 27 players. This bonus is separate from their regular salaries.


The Stanley Cup is a symbol of hockey excellence and tradition.

From its rich history to the latest champions, it continues to captivate fans and players alike.

Stay updated with the latest Stanley Cup news and share your favorite moments and predictions for future seasons.

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Alistair Thiedicke hails from Hamburg, Germany, where his love for sports took root. Growing up a die-hard fan, his passion for sports evolved into a career in sports writing. Since 2023, Alistair has been a dedicated writer and editor at Viz Times, covering Soccer, NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, and more. His engaging articles captivate sports enthusiasts everywhere.

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