NHL Stanley Cup

STANLEY CUP

At the business end of an NHL season, 16 teams participate in the playoffs for a chance to lift the prestigious Stanley Cup. The playoff series is an elimination tournament consisting of four rounds of best-of-seven series. Eight teams, the top three teams from each division and two wildcard entries, from each conference qualify for the playoffs, with the final round of the playoffs being dubbed the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Montreal Canadians have won the most Stanley Cups out of any of the teams, lifting the trophy 19 times. The St. Louis Blues and the Vancouver Canucks have an unwanted record of the most Stanley Cup appearances without a victory. Both have made it through to the decider three times with no joy.


PREVIOUS STANLEY CUP WINNERS


YEAR WINNER RUNNER UP SERIES SCORE
2015 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 4-2
2014 LOS ANGELES KINGS NEW YORK RANGERS 4-1
2013 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS BOSTON BRUINS 4-2
2012 LOS ANGELES KINGS NEW JERSEY DEVILS 4-2
2011 BOSTON BRUINS VANCOUVER CANUCKS 4-3
2010 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS PHILADELPHIA FLYERS 4-2
2009 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS DETROIT RED WINGS 4-3
2008 DETROIT RED WINGS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 4-3
2007 ANAHEIM DUCKS OTTOWA SENATORS 4-1
2006 CAROLINA HURRICANES EDMONTON OILERS 4-3

Like all finals series, the NHL offer an MVP awards for the players deemed the best during the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Conn Smythe Trophy was first introduced in 1965 and won by Montreal Canadian centre Jean Beliveau. Over the years it has been won by many great players, including Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky.


PREVIOUS CONN SMYTHE TROPHY


YEAR WINNER TEAM POSITION
2014 JUSTIN WILLIAMS LOS ANGELES KINGS RIGHT WING
2013 PATRICK KANE LOS ANGELES KINGS RIGHT WING
2012 JONATHON QUICK LOS ANGELES KINGS GOAL TENDER
2011 TIM THOMAS BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER
2010 JONATHON TOEWS CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS CENTRE
2009 EVGENI MALKIN PITTSBURGH PENGUINS CENTRE
2008 HENRIK ZETTERBERG DETROIT RED WINGS CENTRE
2007 SCOTT NIEDERMAYER ANAHEIM DUCKS DEFENCEMAN
2006 CAM WARD CAROLINA HURRICANES GOAL TENDER