The Stanley Cup has more history than any other trophy in sports. It even has a longer history than the NHL itself. The same cup has been passed on from champion to champion in for over 100 years. Unlike its NBA, MLB, and NFL counterparts, there is only one trophy for the NHL champion. When there is a new champion, the Cup moves to a new home.
When Frederick Stanley, the 16th Earl of Derby, KG, GCB, GCVO, PC, The Lord Stanley of Preston (15 January 1841 - 14 June 1908) purchased the original Cup from the London silversmith G.R. Collis in 1893 for 10 guineas, it was about 7.5 inches high and almost 11.5 inches in diameter.
The Cup was first awarded in 1892 to the amateur hockey champion of Canada. The cup was not completely controlled by the NHL until 1947, and has built up more history and stories than can fill a book.
And unlike its other major leaguers, in the NHL, the players don't covet a championship ring, all they want is a chance to drink champagne out of Lord Stanley's Cup.
The roster of each winning team is engraved onto the cup and during the off-season each player gets personal possession of the Stanley Cup for a period of 24 hours.
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is bringing the Stanley Cup to his hometown.
Crosbey arrives with the Stanley Cup and its handlers in Nova Scotia on Aug. 7, the day he celebrates his 22nd birthday.
Organizers of the event say Crosby will lead a parade through Cole Harbour to kick off the visit. A fan question-and-answer session is also planned with Crosby.
The Penguins won the Stanley Cup in a seven-game final against the Detroit Red Wings.
Organizers say they are also planning a hall of fame dedicated to Crosby that will include the famous dented clothes dryer the forward used as target practice in his parent's basement.