For many NHL fans, seeing their favorite team win the Stanley Cup is the ultimate goal to end the season on a high note.
This cup excites many ice hockey fans and online bettors.
That’s why the BET99 team is revealing to you today throughout our article of the day all the important things to know about the Stanley Cup.
This will help you to have more information and details about this fascinating cup that has been talked about for a long time. Follow us…
What are the origins of the Stanley Cup?
The name of the Stanley Cup comes from a baron, the 1st Baron Stanley of Preston, whose real name was Frederick Arthur Stanley. This man being a statesman, he was the governor of Canada for five years, from 1888 to 1893, when the Stanley Cup was created in his honor.
In 1889, the governor of Canada, a sports fan, attended for the first time an ice hockey game in Montreal. It was the beginning of a great passion. He then decided to regularly offer a cup to the best Canadian ice hockey team.
At first, the cup was called the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup. After a few years under this name, it was named Stanley Cup. The legend was created.
Which franchises have won the most Stanley Cups?
Montreal Canadiens - 24 Wins
The Montreal Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup the most times. In fact, the Montreal franchise has won the Stanley Cup 24 times, some of them consecutively.
Toronto Maple Leafs - 13 Wins
Below them, the Toronto Maple Leafs have won the Stanley Cup 13 times.
On the other hand, some franchises like the Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks, Winnipeg Jets, Minnesota Wild, Arizona Coyotes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Vegas Golden Knights or Ottawa Senators have never won a Stanley Cup in their history.
Which franchise is the defending Stanley Cup champion?
Tampa Bay Lightning
The franchise that holds the Stanley Cup title from the last season (2020-2021) are the Tampa Bay Lightning.
They finished third in the Central Division during the regular season with 75 points which allowed them to qualify for the playoffs. (play-offs)
Then, they eliminated the Florida Panthers, the Carolina Hurricanes and the Vegas Golden Knights to reach the finals.
In the final, they beat the Montreal Canadiens 4 – 1.
How do they get to the Stanley Cup Final?
In order to reach the Stanley Cup Final, the teams must be in the playoff position at the conclusion of the regular season.
By finishing in the top four franchises in their division after all regular season games, the franchise then has access to the playoffs.
It is from these direct elimination games that the franchise must then win all these games to finally reach the finals and thus claim to win the Stanley Cup.
Anecdotes about the Stanley Cup
With more than a century of existence, many anecdotes about this famous cup exist:
Its base price was $50
The players regularly use it as a beer glass
It has been attempted to be stolen twice in its history
It weighs 35 pounds
These anecdotes create even more legend around the very particular universe of the NHL and this Stanley Cup.
It was in 1893 that the Stanley Cup was born under another name. This one was decided by the Canadian governor of the time. As you could discover in this article, the Stanley Cup is awarded to the champions of the league for that specific season.
This cup can be won in the Stanley Cup Final.
To get it, you have to finish the regular season and qualify for each round of the playoffs.
The Montreal Canadiens is the franchise that has won this cup the most times.
Eleven franchises have yet to win this cup in their history.
Fans also enjoy the many crazy anecdotes about this iconic NHL trophy.
To win the cup, you must first finish in the top spots in the division in the regular season and then knock out the other franchises in a playoff game.