The Stanley Cup

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The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup 2012 beating Devils. Awarded annually to the National Hockey League playoff winner, the Stanley Cup pretty much closes the ice hockey season. The Stanley Cup is also known as The Holy Grail among other names.


Traditions are abounds with the Cup. The winning team drinks champagne out of the Cup. Unlike other cups where the winning team keeps the trophy, the Stanley Cup is kept by the winner until a new winner is crowned and the winning team players names, managers and others names are engraved on the Cup.

The original bowl was made out of silver, 7.8 inches in height and 11.42 inches in diameter. The current cup is topped with a copy of the original, made of silver and nickel, and 35.25 inches in height.

The original cup named Dominium Challenge Hockey Cup donated in 1892 by the then Governor General of Canada, Lord Stanley of Preston and for the first time awarded in 1893 to Montreal HC. According to an agreement between two hockey organizations, NHA and PCHA, the Cup was awarded to the winner in 1915. The NHL took over the Cup in 1947 after an agreement with the trustees.


The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)

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Many of us are very familiar with the NHL (National Hockey League) that is playing its 2012 Stanley Cup Championship at this time. It is mainly a non-profit organization consisting of 30 hockey leagues that covers Canada and the United States. However, the IIHF is the governing body of ice hockey and in-line hockey worldwide. Founded in 1908 and head quartered in Zurich, Switzerland this body consist of 70 members (51 full members, 16 associate members and three affiliate members). Its main responsibility is to manage international ice hockey tournaments. Only full members have the voting rights. Associates members may not have a national body that deals with ice hockey issues in the country and affiliate members only participate in in-line hockey.


IIHF presides over the ice hockey games at the Olympics and conducts World Championship games. Additionally, it also organizes the European club championship.

Despite its worldwide responsibility, IIHF has minimal control over the NHL which is the more prominent control authority in ice hockey in North America. However, IIHF has more power over ice hockey in the Europe.

Even with a powerful NHL organization, the IIHF continues to function as the international coordination agency for the sport.


NHL postseason picture is getting clear

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With approximately four games to be played in the regular season, the National Hockey League’s (NHL) playoff picture is somewhat clear. Still there will be a log jam for the eight place with a week before the postseason start.


In the Eastern Conference there seems to be a heated contest for the seventh and eighth places to get into the postseason. Buffalo, Washington and Ottawa are battling it out. It appears that 90 points may be the magic number to qualify.

In the Western Conference, the minimum required point to qualify seems 94. San Jose Sharks may be out of the playoffs but four games remaining they are controlling their destiny. They need to win three out of the remaining four to secure their postseason berth. Dallas Stars have two games with Sharks and their chances are same as San Jose. Even if Los Angeles Kings wins their game with Minnesota, they still need another win out of three remaining games. The Coyotes still needs a win to reach 94 to keep their postseason dream alive. The strong St. Louis Blues are hoping for a boost from other battles, but pushing for a win may give them a place in the postseason.


Blackhawks wins 2015 Stanley Cup

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Chicago Blackhawks won the 2015 Stanley Cup in June 2015 at their home at the United Center under five previous banners hanging on rafters over their heads. The win is the sixth for Blackhawks and third time within last six seasons. They won it in 2010 and 2013. Those banners were honoring legendary Glenn Hall, Keith Magnuson, Denis Savard, Tony Esposito, Pierre Pilote, Bobby Hull, and Stan Mikita. It took six games for them to win the Cup in best of seven series (4-2).


During the winning game, Corey Crawford managed to save 25 attempts. Duncan Keith, the two-time Norris Trophy winner started with his goal and Patrick Kane added another while assisting for another. Lightning didn’t make the game easier for Blackhawks either. As a result, Hawks had to work every inch of the ice. Keith won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the postseason games. Fans sang the national anthem while all players hoisted the Cup one by one. It is first time winning the Cup at home and it made much more memorable for players as well as fans. More than 22,000 fans attended the winning game. Winning the Cup three times within six seasons make it more special for everyone.


USHL Top Prospects Game

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In January 2015, the United States Hockey League (USHL) conducted the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at the Mystique Community Ice Center in Dubuque, Iowa. This is a chance for the NHL hopefuls to shine and get noticed before the draft. The Team East defeated Team West. However, many players came on top. They include NHL draft eligible Youngstown Phantoms forward Kyle Conner, Waterloo Black Hawks teammates Brock Boeser and Tom Novak who are regarded as A-rated. They are not only top rated skaters but also potential first-round picks for 2015 NHL draft.


USHL is a great league to help develop future NHL players on ice as well as off the ice as a person. As the nation’s top junior ice hockey league classified as Tier 1, the USHL has 17 member teams mainly located in the Midwestern region. The comparable Canadian Hockey League (CHL) has only three members. Players are 16 to 20 years of age. Players are not only amateurs but also compete in the NCAA college hockey tournaments. CHL pays a stipend for its players while USHL doesn’t pay its players. Players are usually enrolled in college or working. Draft to recruit for NHL take place in second week of May each year and conducted in two phases.


Who will win the Hart Memorial?

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The Stanley Cup is in sight and the National Hockey League (NHL) games are approaching playoffs. It is time to warm up for some notable trophies. The Hart Memorial Trophy originally known as the Hart Trophy is awarded to the most valuable player as judged by his team. The winner will be selected at the end of the regular season by the Professional Hockey Writer’s Association. The trophy was donated to the NHL in 1923 by Dr. David A. Hart and starting in 1924 it has been awarded 89 times to date. Sidney Cosby of the Pittsburg Penguins won the latest award. The great Wayne Gretzky won it for nine times, the most winning by any player and Gordie Howe is right behind him with six winnings.


Voting for this season (2014-2015) most valuable player will start at the end the regular season and members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association will once again rank their five choices. Points will be assigned 10-7-5-3-and 1 sequence and the winner will be named at the NHL Awards ceremony. In 2008, the NHL online shop released a T-shirt with Alexander Ovechkin as the award winner week before the selection and the NHL immediately came under fire. NHL apologized for the error but Ovechkin won the trophy.


Stanley Cup playoff picture is getting clearer

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The Stanley Cup is in sight. Stanley Cup playoffs are set to begin on April 15, 2015 and the playoff picture is getting bit clearer. The regular season will end on Sunday April 12, 2015. Playoffs will run through June 2015. The National Hockey League 2014-2015 season is the 98th Season with 97th Season of play. It has been a spectacular season so far.


Teams are already talking about pace and tempo for the playoffs. Even though the concept is somewhat difficult to explain, they both refer to a fast game and players wanting to play fast. Two teams that are well known to play fast are New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks. They still got games to try the concept during their upcoming games before playoffs. Rangers lead the NHL with 95 points and Brad Richard has his eye on the Cup. Others getting closer to a playoff berth includes St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators, Anaheim ducks, Vancouver Canucks, Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning and both teams, Rangers and Islanders, from New York. Challengers will be Winnipeg Jets, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, Los Angeles Kings, Washington Capitals, Detroit Red wings, Boston Bruins and Pittsburg Penguins.


It is time for the NHL All-Star Game and Weekend

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The National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star Weekend is scheduled for the weekend of January 23-25, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. This year’s All-Star game, 60th game for the NHL, will be played on January 25, 2015 at the Nationwide Arena, home for the Columbus Blue Jackets and it will be the first time an All-Star game is held at the venue. Blue Jackets Nick Foligno will captain the home team wearing home blacks while Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks captain the away team wearing whites.


Even before the All-Star Weekend start, a controversy brewing around the jersey. The Reebok designed neon outfit for the All-Star game is called “modern” and “cutting edge” by the NHL staff. They believe it is the perfect complement to the game that portrays speed, agility and power of the game. Reebok says it is state-of-the art design and capture modern appeal. Instead of wearing their everyday game uniforms, players will be like a hero coming out wearing the jersey. The shield on the jersey will give a chrome effect and comes with two stars representing league’s two conferences. Authentic team logo and the event mark on the shoulders will be new to the jersey.