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I've been reading blogs and their comments for awhile now and find some funny as to bragging about past exploits of their favorite team, where teams should be and not be and find some of the reasoning to be a bit tired and not at all accurate with reality so I put this little history lesson together for my first blog on HB for others to enjoy, learn some hockey facts and for reference in possible future arguments. I hope you enjoy it and look forward to any/all criticism. I would like to thank both wikipedia and about.com whom I used as a reference as well as nhl.com's history section. Enjoy.

Lord Stanley of Preston in 1892, at a sports banquet in Ottawa said "I have for some time been thinking that it would be a good thing if there were a challenge cup, which would be held from year to year by the leading hockey club in Canada. There does not appear to be any outward sign of a championship at present, and considering the interest that hockey matches now elicit, I am willing to give a cup which shall be held annually by the winning club." The following year Canada's governor-general was true to his word, purchasing a silver bowl and naming it the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup. Hockey folks went with a less formal name, the Stanley Cup.

The Stanley Cup officially turned pro in 1910, when the National Hockey Association took possession of it. But it was not until 1926 that the National Hockey League emerged indisputably as the top league in North America, effectively taking control of the Cup. That control was formalized in an agreement signed with the Cup trustees in 1947. The Original Six are the six teams that comprised the NHL from 1942 to 1967, when the league expanded from six to 12 teams. The name is not accurate however because NHL membership fluctuated throughout the 1920s and 1930s, as teams like the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Maroons and New York Americans came and went in the years prior to 1942.

An alphabetical list of teams, when they joined the NHL, how may cups they have won since joining and the year they won their last cup:

• Anaheim Ducks – Joined the NHL as the Mighty Ducks in 1993. They have 1 Cup winning it in 2007.
• Atlanta Thrashers – Joined the NHL in 1999. They have yet to win the Stanley Cup.
• Boston Bruins – Entered the NHL in 1924. They have 5 Cups winning the last in 1972.
• Buffalo Sabers – Joined the NHL in 1970. They have yet to win the Stanley Cup.
• Calgary Flames – Entered the NHL as the Atlanta Flames in 1972. The franchise moved to Calgary in 1980 where they won the only Stanley Cup in 1989.
• Carolina Hurricanes – Entered the NHL in 1979 as the Hartford Whalers. The franchise relocated in 1997 to Raleigh, NC where they won the Cup in 2006.
• Chicago Blackhawks – Joined the NHL in 1926 and have won 4 Stanley Cups; the most recent in 2010.
• Colorado Avalanche – Entered the NHL as the Quebec Nordiques in 1979. The franchise relocated in 1995 to Denver after 16 years without a Cup. The Av’s won the Cup twice; the last time in 2001.
• Columbus Blue Jackets – One of last two teams to join the NHL in 2000. They have yet to win the Cup.
• Dallas Stars – Joined the NHL in the original expansion of 1967 as the Minnesota North Stars and relocated to Dallas, TX in 1993. They won their first and only Cup in 1999.
• Detroit Red Wings – Entered the NHL as the Detroit Cougars in 1926, changed their name to the Falcons in 1930 and finally changed their name to the Red Wings in 1932. They have the most Cups of any American based team with 11 (puts them third behind Montreal and Toronto overall). The last time they won the Cup was in 2008.
• Edmonton Oilers – Entered the NHL in 1979. They have 5 Cup wins the last in 1990.
• Florida Panthers – Joined the NHL in 1993. They have yet to win the Stanley Cup.
• Los Angeles Kings – Another team from the original expansion in 1967. They have not won a Cup yet.
• Minnesota Wild – The other team to join the league in 2000. They have yet to win the Cup.
• Montreal Canadiens – A member of the NHL from the beginning in 1917. They have won the Stanley Cup more times than any other team in history almost doubling the next closest team with 24 Championships with the last Cup win in 1993.
• Nashville Predators – Joined the NHL in 1998. They have yet to win the Cup.
• New Jersey Devils – Entered the NHL in 1974 as the Kansas City Scouts, moved to Denver and became the Colorado Rockies in 1978. The franchise moved again in 1982 to become the Devils and has won 3 Stanley Cups the last in 2003.
• New York Islanders – Joined the league in 1972 and won 4 Cups during an impressive dynasty that ended in 1983.
• New York Rangers – Joined the NHL in 1926 and have won 4 Stanley Cups. The last Cup they won after Mark Messier made his bold prediction and then proceeded to back it up in 1994.
• Ottawa Senators – Originally joined in 1917 but the franchise faltered in 1934. It was re-established and re-entered the NHL in 1992. The Senators have won 10 Stanley Cups, unfortunately all were during their first stint in the league with the last one being in 1927. They have yet to win the Stanley Cup in the 19 years since re-entering the NHL.
• Philadelphia Flyers – Part of the original expansion in 1967. They have won the Cup twice with the last time coming in 36 years ago in 1975.
• Phoenix Coyotes – Entered the NHL in 1979 as the Winnipeg Jets. The franchise relocated in 1996 to Arizona where is has yet to win the Cup.
• Pittsburgh Penguins – Another original expansion team from 1967. The Pens have won the Cup 3 times the last time was in 2009.
• San Jose Sharks – Entered the NHL in 1991. They have yet to win the Cup.
• St Louis Blues – Joined the NHL during the initial expansion in 1967. They have yet to win the Cup in their 43 years in the league.
• Tampa Bay Lightning – Joined the NHL in 1992 and won their first and only Cup in 2004.
• Toronto Maple Leafs – Originally started in the NHL as the Toronto Arenas in 1917. During a turbulent period that saw them carry several different names (Blueshirts, Arenas, St. Patricks) while winning the Cup twice they were renamed the Maple Leafs in 1927 by Conn Smythe. They have won eleven Cups since then. The franchise's 13 Stanley Cup wins are second only to the Canadiens. The Leafs have not won the Cup since 1967, the longest current active drought in the NHL. They are also the only “Original Six” team that has not won the Cup since the 1967 expansion.
• Vancouver Canucks – Joined the league in 1970. They have yet to win the Cup.
• Washington Capitals – Joined the league in 1974. They have yet to win the Cup.

NHL Stanley Cup winning teams in Alphabetical order by team and year.

2006-07 - Anaheim Ducks
1971-72 - Boston Bruins
1969-70 - Boston Bruins
1940-41 - Boston Bruins
1938-39 - Boston Bruins
1928-29 - Boston Bruins
1988-89 - Calgary Flames
2005-06 - Carolina Hurricanes
2009-10 - Chicago Blackhawks
1960-61 - Chicago Blackhawks
1937-38 - Chicago Black Hawks
1933-34 - Chicago Black Hawks
2000-01 - Colorado Avalanche
1995-96 - Colorado Avalanche
1998-99 - Dallas Stars
2007-08 - Detroit Red Wings
2001-02 - Detroit Red Wings
1997-98 - Detroit Red Wings
1996-97 - Detroit Red Wings
1954-55 - Detroit Red Wings
1953-54 - Detroit Red Wings
1951-52 - Detroit Red Wings
1949-50 - Detroit Red Wings
1942-43 - Detroit Red Wings
1936-37 - Detroit Red Wings
1935-36 - Detroit Red Wings
1989-90 - Edmonton Oilers
1987-88 - Edmonton Oilers
1986-87 - Edmonton Oilers
1984-85 - Edmonton Oilers
1983-84 - Edmonton Oilers
1992-93 - Montreal Canadiens
1985-86 - Montreal Canadiens
1978-79 - Montreal Canadiens
1977-78 - Montreal Canadiens
1976-77 - Montreal Canadiens
1975-76 - Montreal Canadiens
1972-73 - Montreal Canadiens
1970-71 - Montreal Canadiens
1968-69 - Montreal Canadiens
1967-68 - Montreal Canadiens
1965-66 - Montreal Canadiens
1964-65 - Montreal Canadiens
1959-60 - Montreal Canadiens
1958-59 - Montreal Canadiens
1957-58 - Montreal Canadiens
1956-57 - Montreal Canadiens
1955-56 - Montreal Canadiens
1952-53 - Montreal Canadiens
1945-46 - Montreal Canadiens
1943-44 - Montreal Canadiens
1930-31 - Montreal Canadiens
1929-30 - Montreal Canadiens
1923-24 - Montreal Canadiens
1915-16 - Montreal Canadiens
2002-03 - New Jersey Devils
1999-00 - New Jersey Devils
1994-95 - New Jersey Devils
1982-83 - New York Islanders
1981-82 - New York Islanders
1980-81 - New York Islanders
1979-80 - New York Islanders
1993-94 - New York Rangers
1939-40 - New York Rangers
1932-33 - New York Rangers
1927-28 - New York Rangers
1926-27 - Ottawa Senators
1922-23 - Ottawa Senators
1920-21 - Ottawa Senators
1919-20 - Ottawa Senators
1910-11 - Ottawa Senators
1908-09 - Ottawa Senators
1905-06 - Ottawa Senators
1904-05 - Ottawa Senators
1903-04 - Ottawa Senators
1902-03 - Ottawa Senators
1974-75 - Philadelphia Flyers
1973-74 - Philadelphia Flyers
2008-09 - Pittsburgh Penguins
1991-92 - Pittsburgh Penguins
1990-91 - Pittsburgh Penguins
2003-04 - Tampa Bay Lightning
1966-67 - Toronto Maple Leafs
1963-64 - Toronto Maple Leafs
1962-63 - Toronto Maple Leafs
1961-62 - Toronto Maple Leafs
1950-51 - Toronto Maple Leafs
1948-49 - Toronto Maple Leafs
1947-48 - Toronto Maple Leafs
1946-47 - Toronto Maple Leafs
1944-45 - Toronto Maple Leafs
1941-42 - Toronto Maple Leafs
1931-32 - Toronto Maple Leafs
1921-22 - Toronto St. Pats
1917-18 - Toronto Arenas


Other Stanley Cup winners to include those prior to the start of the NHL as well as teams that no longer exist.

1934-35 - Montreal Maroons
1925-26 - Montreal Maroons
1924-25 - Victoria Cougars
1918-19 - No decision
1916-17 - Seattle Metropolitians
1914-15 - Vancouver Millionaires
1913-14 - Toronto Blueshirts
1912-23 - Quebec Bulldogs
1911-12 - Quebec Bulldogs
1909-10 - Montreal Wanderers
1907-08 - Montreal Wanderers
1906-07 - Montreal Wanderers
1906-07 - Kenora Thistles
1905-06 - Montreal Wanderers
1902-03 - Montreal AAA
1901-02 - Montreal AAA
1901-02 - Winnipeg Victoria
1900-01 - Winnipeg Victoria
1899-1900 - Montreal Shamrocks
1898-99 - Montreal Shamrocks
1897-98 - Montreal Victorias
1896-97 - Montreal Victorias
1895-96 - Winnipeg Victorias
1895-96 - Montreal Victorias
1894-95 - Montreal Victorias
1893-94 - Montreal AAA
1892-93 - Montreal AAA
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