Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Lightning for
Wining Hockey's Holy Grail
The Lord Stanley Cup
The Oldest and Most Prestigious Trophy in sports !!
March 18, 1892, Lord Kilcoursie, delivered the following message on behalf of Lord Stanley, the Earl of Preston and Governor General of Canada:
"I have for some time been thinking that it would be a good thing if there were a challenge cup which should be held from year to year by the champion hockey team in the Dominion (of Canada). "There does not appear to be any such outward sign of a championship at present, and considering the general interest which matches now elicit, and the importance of having the game played fairly and under rules generally recognized, I am willing to give a cup which shall be held from year to year by the winning team."
Shortly thereafter, Lord Stanley purchased a silver cup measuring 7 ½ inches high by 11 ½ inches across for the sum of 10 guineas (approximately $50); appointed two gentlemen, Sheriff John Sweetland and Philip D. Ross, as guardians of that cup; and set the following conditions to govern the annual competition:
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