Friday, March 24, 2017

The Creation of the Stanley Cup

Before attorney Steven C. Beer became a partner with Franklin Weinrib Rudell and Vassallo in New York City, he graduated summa cum honore with a bachelor of arts from Washington University. In his spare time, Steven C. Beer enjoys playing ice hockey.

Hockey’s greatest prize has always been the Stanley Cup, which goes to the National Hockey League’s playoff champion every year and is inscribed with the team members’ names. The tradition began in 1889 when Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, Governor General of Canada, attended a game with his family. The game was between the Amateur Athletic Association and the Montreal Victorias at the Montreal Winter Carnival.

Lord Stanley was so enthralled with the excitement and passion of the sport that he went on to help found a team of his own called the Rideau Rebels. After that, he was instrumental in forming the Ontario Hockey Association in 1890.

Things had progressed far enough by 1892, Stanley devised the idea of a regional competition where a silver cup would go to the winner. He donated called a silver bowl called the Dominion Challenge Trophy. The following year, the consensus was that no team would own the prize, and they renamed it the Stanley Hockey Championship Cup.