Today the Federal Government announced the designation of the Stanley Cup as a national historic event with the unveiling of a plaque.
The Stanley Cup is the oldest and most prestigious trophy in North American team sports and is considered a symbol of professional hockey supremacy.
This highly coveted silver trophy has created numerous rivalries and led to countless exciting matches, serving up spectacular plays and showcasing the talents of the league’s star players.
Initially known as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, the Stanley Cup was donated by the Governor General of Canada, Lord Stanley of Preston, in 1892 as a prize for the winning amateur hockey team at the Dominion of Canada championship.
As of 1927, it became the exclusive prize of the National Hockey League’s playoff champion.