In which Y.P.R. proudly presents some incongruous drivel vaguely surrounding America’s fifth-favorite pastime.
Lord Stanley, Governor-General of Canada, purchased the Stanley Cup for $46.87 in 1893. It was awarded annually to the top amateur team in Canada until 1910, when professional teams began to compete for it. The National Hockey League purchased it in for their 1926-27 season. Since then, it has been awarded to the winner of the N.H.L. Playoffs. The Stanley Cup is made of sterling silver, stands three feet tall and weighs nearly thirty-five pounds. The Montreal Canadiens* have been awarded the Cup the most times, capturing the league’s top prize 24 times. The Stanley Cup, as Montreal’s Guy Charbonneau observed, does not float.
* Also, they’ve been misspelling their name for decades.