Wednesday, September 26, 2007



From an AP item on the Stanley Cup returning home to England:
Lord Frederick Stanley, a Governor General of Canada in the 19th century, bought the cup from a London silversmith and donated it to Canada's top amateur team in 1892. In 1910, it was given to the champion of a professional competition and remained that way until it became the property of the NHL in 1917.

The NHL may wish it were so, but the Stanley Cup is not their "property". (And secondly, the NHL only acquired exclusive control over awarding the Cup in 1947).

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