5 fun things to know about the Stanley Cup Final

You know a lot about the Stanley Cup, I get that. You’re a hockey fan, it’s the season’s climax, how could you not?

I still guarantee you learn at least one thing below, and likely closer to four or five. If not, well, your money back.

Did you know…

#1

12 players have won the Cup back-to-back seasons...with different teams

Marian Hossa did the reverse with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings in 2008 and 2009. The guys who did it right?

Player First Champion Second Champion
Cory Stillman 2004 Tampa Bay 2006 Carolina
Claude Lemieux 1995 New Jersey 1996 Colorado
Al Arbour 1961 Chicago 1962 Toronto
Ed Litzenberger 1961 Chicago 1962 Toronto
Ab McDonald 1960 Montreal 1961 Chicago
Eddie Gerard 1922 Toronto 1923 Ottawa
Lionel Conacher 1934 Chicago 1935 Montreal
Eddie Gerard 1921 Ottawa 1922 Toronto
Harry Holmes 1917 Seattle 1918 Toronto
Bruce Stuart 1908 Montreal 1909 Ottawa
Art Ross 1907 Kenora 1908 Montreal
Jack Marshall 1901 Winnipeg 1902 Montreal

#2

There have been nine women's names engraved on the Stanley Cup

And we’re not talking about dudes named Kelly. Those esteemed women:

  • Marguerite Norris (1955) - President of the Detroit Red Wings
  • Sonia Scurfield (1989) - Co-owner of the Calgary Flames
  • Marie-Denise DeBartolo York (1991) - President of the Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Marian Ilitch (1997, 1998) - Co-owner of the Detroit Red Wings
  • Denise Ilitch (1997, 1998) - Detroit Red Wings
  • Lisa Ilitch (1997, 1998) - Detroit Red Wings
  • Carole Ilitch Trepeck (1997, 1998) - Detroit Red Wings
  • Charlotte Grahame (2001) - Executive management with the Colorado Avalanche
  • Nancy Anchutz (2012) - Co-owner, Los Angeles Kings

#3

15 sub .500 teams have made the Cup final

Sub .500! These days you can finish with 90 points and miss playoffs. 

Those teams:

Year Team Record
1991 Minnesota North Stars 27-39-14
1982 Vancouver Canucks 30-33-17
1968 St. Louis Blues 27-31-16
1961 Detroit Red Wings 25-29-16
1959 Toronto Maple Leafs 27-32-11
1958 Boston Bruins 27-28-15
1953 Boston Bruins 28-29-13
1951 Montreal Canadiens 25-30-15
1950 New York Rangers 28-31-11
1949 Toronto Maple Leafs 22-25-13
1944 Chicago Blackhawks 22-23- 5
1942 Detroit Red Wings 19-25- 4
1939 Toronto Maple Leafs 19-20- 9
1938 Chicago Blackhawks 14-25- 9
1937 New York Rangers 19-20- 9

#4

6 players have won Olympic gold and the Stanley Cup in the same year

Those players:

Player Year Teams
Ken Morrow 1980 USA, New York Islanders
Steve Yzerman 2002 Canada, Detroit Red Wings
Brendan Shanahan 2002 Canada, Detroit Red Wings
Jonathan Toews 2010 Canada, Chicago Blackhawks
Duncan Keith 2010 Canada, Chicago Blackhawks
Brent Seabrook 2010 Canada, Chicago Blackhawks

That will change this year, with guys like Jeff Carter, Drew Doughty, Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis in the Cup Final after winning gold with Canada in Sochi.

#5

There has only been nine - just nine! - penalty shots awarded in the Stanley Cup Final

Date Shooter Goalie Result
June 6, 2007 Antoine Vermette (Ott) J.S. Giguere (Ana) Save
June 5, 2006 Chris Pronger (Edm) Cam Ward (Car) Goal
June 7, 1994 Pavel Bure (Van) Mike Richter (NYR) Save
May 18, 1990 Petr Klima (Edm) Rejean Lemelin (Bos) Save
May 30, 1985 Dave Poulin (Phi) Grant Fuhr (Edm) Save
May 28, 1985 Ron Sutter (Phi) Grant Fuhr (Edm) Save
May 16, 1971 Frank Mahovlich (Mtl) Tony Esposito (Chi) Save
April 13, 1944 Virgil Johnson (Chi) Bill Durnan (Mtl) Save
April 15, 1937 Alex Shibicky (NYR) Earl Robertson (Det) Save

And there you have it. Admit it. You learned a hockey something you didn't know today, and you're a better fan for it.

(Source: NHL.com)

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