Nhl Stanley Cup Tickets
The Stanley Cup is the trophy awarded to the annual National Hockey League champion. The most coveted trophy in professional ice hockey (barring international tournaments), the Stanley Cup was commissioned in 1892 and has been the prize for winning the NHL playoffs. Unlike other trophies awarded in the North American major leagues, the Stanley Cup remains with the winners for a whole year, before they pass it on to the new champions at the culmination of the season. Affectionately called “The Holy Grail”, it is steeped in tradition and history. To watch the finals of the Stanley Cup for the upcoming season, get NHL Stanley Cup tickets and become a part of history, as the new NHL champions are crowned.
The Stanley Cup is contested by thirty NHL teams each year - twenty three from the United States and seven from Canada. The Cup is the oldest professional sports championship trophy in North America and was first awarded in 1893.
The Stanley Cup was a brainchild of Lord Stanley of Preston, who was the Governor General of Canada in 1888. After being introduced to hockey at the 1889 Winter Carnival in Montreal, he immediately developed an interest in the sport. During that time, the sport was predominantly played in Ottawa and Montreal and was still in its infancy.
The entire Stanley family became involved in the game and two of Stanley’s sons formed a new hockey team and were key members in the formation of the Ontario Hockey Association. The sons convinced their father to introduce a trophy which would be awarded to the hockey champions of the country.
Stanley purchased a silver punch bowl in London and shipped it to Canada. This weird looking cup would come to be known as the Stanley Cup and became the symbol of hockey excellence in Canada.
After the NHL’s inception in 1917, the Stanley Cup was shared between the different hockey leagues. However, after 1926, when the NHL became the country’s premier hockey league, the Stanley Cup remained with the league and has been awarded to its champion ever since.
Stanley Cup Playoffs
The NHL is currently divided into four Divisions and two Conferences. The Eastern Conference features the Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions while the Western Conference features the Pacific and Central Divisions.
During the NHL’s regular season, thirty teams face off against each other to determine the teams who will participate in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The top three teams from each division reach the playoffs directly, while two wild card teams are selected from each conference to bring the total number of playoff teams to sixteen.
During the first round of the playoffs, the top teams from each conference take on the lowest wild card team, while the higher wild card teams take on the rest of the division winners. This round is called the Conference Quarterfinals.
In the Conference Semifinals, the winners of the quarterfinals take on each other to determine the Conference Finalists, who take on each other in round three to determine the finalists of the Stanley Cup.
All games during the playoffs are best of seven series’, which ensures that only the most deserving teams go through after each round.
2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs
The 2016 playoffs offered a lot of surprises for long term NHL fans. Firstly, none of the Canadian teams in the league made it to the postseason for only the second time in the league’s history. The first time that happened was during the 1970 season.
The Detroit Red Wings made history by reaching the playoffs for the twenty-fifth consecutive season; this is the longest streak in the current era and the third longest streak in the league’s history. The Florida Panthers reached the playoffs for the second time in the franchise’s history, while both Florida based teams in the league reached the postseason together for only the second time in history.
Teams to look out for the in the current playoffs include Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Jose and Dallas. The defending Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks failed to reach the playoffs, which means that a new champion will be crowned this year.
With only a few games left in the playoffs, the stakes are higher than ever. You can watch all the games from the playoffs, live, by simply getting your NHL Stanley Cup tickets at your earliest.
Stanely Cup Final 2016The two teams that will contest this season’s Stanley Cup are the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks. Not a lot of people could have predicted that the Sharks and the Penguins would reach the final; they both had to overcome difficult periods during the campaign to reach the Stanley Cup series. The Penguins, in particular got off to a disastrous start. Their offense was the 28th best in the league and they hobbled to a 15-10-3 record before Coach Mike Johnston lost his job. Their new Head Coach Mike Sullivan turned things around for the team and the Penguins finished the season strongly, with the second best overall record in their conference. Pittsburgh dominated the early rounds of the playoffs and breezed past the Rangers and the Capitals, before winning a marathon series against the Tampa Bay Lighting to book their place in the Stanley Cup series. Led by star player Sidney Crosby, the team certainly looks like a threat. This is the first time the Penguins have reached the final since the 2008-09 season, when they last won it. The San Jose Sharks were also never seriously taken as a side good enough to reach the Stanley Cup final. Despite the fact that they have been one of the most consistent teams in the league in recent years, the Sharks have been considered playoff pushovers for years. It just seemed as though the pieces never quite came together and the team couldn’t overcome the mental block of progressing to the final. Well this season the pieces finally came together and the Sharks will make their first Stanley Cup appearance in the franchise’s history. The Sharks had to overcome a slump in the second half of the season, before they finally figured out how Pete DeBoer wanted them to play. Once the team clicked, they cemented their place in the playoffs and eliminated the Kings, the Predators and the Blues en route to the final. The two sides have the best offense in the league and love to play fast, aggressive hockey. So fans really should be in for a treat during the Stanley Cup finals. To watch the games live, get your Stanley Cup final tickets.