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The Stanley Cup

The Stanley Cup

The Stanley Cup was purchased in 1893 by Frederick Arthur, Lord Stanley of Preston for $48.67. Teams would have to challenge for the Stanley Cup. Sometimes the Cup would be challenged for as many as 3 times in one year. The Montreal AAA won the first Stanley Cup challenge on March 22, 1894, defeating the Ottawa Capitals before a crowd of 5,000.

In 1910 the Cup became symbolic of professional hockey supremacy. In 1917 the National Hockey League (NHL) was formed and took over control of the Stanley Cup. The first NHL team to win the Stanley Cup were the 1917-18 Toronto Arenas.

Northwestern Ontario's involvement in the Stanley Cup dates back over 100 years:

Individuals from northwestern Ontario have had their name engraved on hockey's most coveted award over 40 times.

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