How big is the Stanley Cup and what is it made of? Size and weight
NHL’s Stanley Cup trophy is one of global sports most iconic and was first awarded in the 1892–93 season and is the oldest trophy in US sports.
The Colorado Avalanche are champions of the NHL and have hoisted the Stanley Cup for the third time in franchise history. The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) playoff champion.
Lord Stanley’s Cup going to Colorado
The iconic trophy It is the oldest existing trophy to be awarded to a professional sports franchise in North America.
The trophy was originally commissioned in 1892 as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup and is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor General of Canada, who donated it as an award to Canada’s top-ranking amateur ice hockey club. The entire Stanley family supported the sport, the sons and daughters all playing and promoting the game.
The first Cup was awarded in 1893 to Montreal Hockey Club with professional teams first becoming eligible to challenge for the Stanley Cup in 1906.
Despite the NHL maintaining control over the trophy itself they don’t actually own the trophy but use it by agreement with the two Canadian trustees of the cup.
The original bowl was made of silver and is 18.5 centimetres (7.28 inches) high and 29 centimetres (11.42 inches) wide with the current Stanley Cup topped with a copy of the original bowl, made of a silver and nickel alloy. It has a height of 89.54 centimetres (35.25 inches) and weighs 15.5 kilograms (34.5 lb).
Canada still dominates the sport in North America with both the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs the first and second most successful teams in NHL history winning the Stanley Cup 24 and 13 times respectively.