Stanley’s original Cup was given to winner until 1970, and is now displayed in the Vault Room at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Canada.
In 1963, the “Presentation Cup” was created and is the famous trophy awarded today. The replica of the Presentation Cup was designed in 1993, is the third cup and is used as a stand-in at the Hall of Fame when the Presentation Cup is vacant.
It’s one of a kind.
Different from other major league sports trophies when a new Cup is made every year. With hockey there isn’t a new Cup made every year, instead, after each championship, the names of the players, coaches, management team, and staff of the winning team are written to the Cup. The first team to have their name written inner bowl of the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup was the 1906-07 Montreal Wanderers. The only other team names appeared on the inner bowl are the 1914-15 Vancouver Millionaires.
It’s always changing
More and more teams wished to be immortalized, so the final decision was made that put a separate ring underneath the original Cup in which each new winning roster would be written on. Between 1927 and 1947, a new, more streamlined and vertical incarnation version of the Cup called Stovepipe Cup was used. The name was given due to its cylindrical shape. However, by 1948, the trophy became too tall and big to hold or even put on exhibition, so the shape was altered to the tiered version used currently.
Its rings are detachable.
Since 1958, five bands of championship names are written around the base of the Cup. When the rings were full, the oldest team is removed and written in Lord Stanley’s Vault at the Great Esso Hall in the Hockey Hall of Fame. A blank replacement band was then placed in its position to be filled with the new names of the following champions. No championship team names during the 1928-29 to the 1953-54 season are currently written on the Cup.