A silver punch bowl was purchased by the General Governor of Canada back in 1888 for what is the equivalent today of $1,175 and was a challenge cup which was decided on one amateur game each year in which the previous year’s victor was challenged by a team chosen by a board of trustees.
In 1926 the NHL became the only league left competing for the cup after the WHL folded.
In 2005 the cup was not awarded to a team for the first time since the Spanish flu because of the lockout. Many fans called for the cup to return to its original format of being a “challenge cup”
Original Cup at the Hockey Hall of Fame
Each year the names of each player, coach and staff member are engraved on the cup and many over the years have been misspelled.
– Boston Bruins was spelled “Bqstqn” in 1972.
– New York Islanders was spelled “Ilanders” in 1981.
– Glenn Hall’s name was misspelled as “Glin”” in 1951-52.
There are actually 3 versions of the cup:
-The original punch bowl, which is in the hall of fame
-The “Presentation Cup” which is authentic cup awarded to the team
-The replica, which sits in the hall of fame when the authentic cup is not there.
…coming soon, anecdotes of the cup’s adventures with winning players