The Stanley Cup is presented to the winner of the National Hockey League's post season playoffs. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are held every year as a sixteen-team tournament, eight from the Western Conference and eight from the Eastern Conference.
The Stanley Cup itself is notable in that it is the only unique championship trophy in all major North American sports (meaning there is not one made every year, such as the Vince Lombardi or World Series trophies). Also, each player on the winning team gets to keep the Cup for a day.
Stanley Cup Champions by YearEdit