On March 18, 1892, Lord Stanley of Preston delivered a statement in which he committed to donate a trophy that would be competed for by Canadian hockey teams. Little did he realize just how powerful and magical his gift to the game would prove to be.
See the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, aka the original Stanley Cup, that was first awarded to the Montreal AAA on May 15, 1893 - exclusively on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame's recently revamped Lord Stanley's Vault.
The Stanley Cup makes its permanent home within the Esso Great Hall at the Hockey Hall of Fame. This cathedral to the icons of hockey is home to every major NHL trophy, portraits and biographical sketches of each Hockey Hall of Fame Honoured Member, and is the highlight of any visit.
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The Stanley Cup's more than 125-year journey is brought to life as Canada's most iconic artifact, the original Stanley Cup, takes centre stage in Lord Stanley's Vault.
Experience the history and traditions of hockey's greatest treasure. This recently revamped exhibit features the complete collection of retired Stanley Cup bands, a new timeline of the physical evolution of the Cup, engraving facts, fun Tales from Stanley, the Stanley Cup Championship Rings display and more.
Within Lord Stanley's Vault, a full wall is dedicated to the souvenir most synonymous with winning the Stanley Cup — the Championship Ring.
A remarkable collection of more than 20 rings spanning from the first-ever Stanley Cup (1893, Billy Barlow, Montreal AAA's) to the Colorado Avalanche's championship ring are on display.
A collection of rarely displayed artifacts can be found in Stanley Cup Dynasties including: Stanley Cup game-used equipment dating back to the 1920s; miniature Cups and other commemoratives awarded to Stanley Cup champions; original Stanley Cup carrying case; and tools used to craft and engrave the trophy.