The National Hockey League
presents numerous annual awards and trophies
to recognize its teams and players. The oldest, and most recognizable, is the Stanley Cup
. First awarded in 1893, the Stanley Cup is awarded to the NHL's playoff champion. The Stanley Cup is the third trophy to be used as the league's championship, as for the first nine years of the NHL's existence, it remained a multi-league challenge cup.
The NHL's first championship trophy was the O'Brien Cup
, which was created by the National Hockey Association
in 1910 and transferred to the NHL in 1918, after which it was awarded to the playoff champion until 1923. The O'Brien Cup was retired in favour of the Prince of Wales Trophy
in 1924, which became the league's championship until the demise of the Western Hockey League
following the 1926 season, leaving the Stanley Cup exclusively in the hands of the National Hockey League.
The Prince of Wales Trophy remains an active award. It is presently awarded to the playoff champion of the Eastern Conference
, while the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
, created in 1967, is currently awarded to the Western Conference
champion. The youngest team trophy is the Presidents' Trophy
, which has been awarded to the NHL's regular season champion since 1986.
The first individual trophy was the Hart Trophy
, first awarded in 1924 to the league's most valuable player. The Lady Byng Trophy
followed a year later,... Read More