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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:
  • The winners will return the Cup in good order when required by the guardians in order that it may be handed over to any other team which may win it.
  • Each winning team to have the club name and year engraved on a silver ring fitted on the Cup.
  • The Cup to remain a challenge competition and not the property of any one team, even if won more than once. The guardians to maintain absolute authority in all situations or disputes over the winner of the Cup.
  • A substitute guardians to be named in the event that one of the existing guardians drops out.

Lord Stanley has never witnessed a championship game nor attended a presentation of his trophy, having returned to his native England.

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