NHL won't hand out conference championship trophies this season

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The NHL won't be giving out the conference championship trophies this postseason, the league's chief content officer Steve Mayer told ESPN's Greg Wyshynski on Friday.

The winner of the Eastern Conference is typically awarded the Prince of Wales Trophy, while the Western Conference winner is usually handed the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl.

The NHL needed to drastically alter its regular-season format this campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Divisions were temporarily realigned - including all the Canadian teams participating in the North Division - and clubs only played intradivisional games.

Teams will continue to play within those same divisions for the first two rounds of the playoffs. When one team is remaining from each of the four divisions, those squads will be re-seeded before facing off for spots in the Stanley Cup Final, making it possible for two clubs from the same conference to battle for the championship.

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