A Brief History Of The NHL Stanley Cup

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A brief history, summary, and some interesting facts about the NHL Stanley Cup
Almost two hundred and fifty years ago, Lord Stanley Preston, the governor-general of Quebec, purchased a silver bowl that he declared would be awarded to the best amateur hockey team in the province. This bowl, forever known as the Stanley Cup, has since become the championship emblem of the National Hockey League; each season the NHL playoffs contest the two best teams in the league in the Stanley Cup Final with the winner taking home the 35-pound silver Cup.

In The Beginning

Before the 20th century, most hockey teams were not professionals but rather amateur franchises made up of college students, factory and mine workers, and farmhands. Playing on a hockey team paid very little, if anything, requiring full-time employment for athletes in another job.

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