Stanley Cup Playoff Facts
By: Joe Borek
Since the 24 team playoff proposal has been approved by the NHL Board of Governors as the first major step to hockey resuming, I figured it would be fun to compile a list of facts about the spectacle that is known as the Stanley Cup Playoffs. There are many to pick from so I am only going to list some below then, maybe do another article about other facts/moments in the future. Here is a list of some fun facts about the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
1. From the years of 1976 to 1979, Montreal Canadiens coach Scotty Bowman, won four consecutive championships.
2. The NHL did not take over the Stanley Cup competition until after the 1925-26 season. The main reason being they were the only major professional hockey league to survive.
3. Continuing from number 2. The season prior, Montreal, the NHL champions played the WCHL champions from Victoria in a best-of-five series to determine possession of the Cup.
4. Every member of a Stanley Cup winning team gets a personal day with the Cup
5. The Stanley Cup actually has a few misspellings on it. They are Boston and The Toronto Maple Leafs misspelled as bqstqn and leaes
6. This is not necessarily just playoffs but just a fun one. At one time by league rule the team captain had to stay on the ice at all times
7. In a total of 229 best-of-seven series, a team has rallied from a 3-1 deficit 20 times lead to 8.7 percent of the time.
8. The Canadiens have won 24 Stanley Cups in their history. Currently however, they are in their longest drought in team history with no cups since 1993
9. Did you ever think no one could score on a broken leg? Well if you did you are wrong because Bob Baun did so in 1964 to help the Leafs to a future Stanley Cup victory that postseason
10. Unfortunately, in 1919, there was no Stanley Cup winner because of the flu outbreak. I for one am glade were moving in the right direction to not have that happen in current times and am confident the league will figure out a way to have the 24 team postseason one way or another.
11. Ever wonder whose name appears on the Cup the most? Well if you did, the answer is Jean Beliveau for a total of 17 times
12. It is not easy to lift the cup. It weighs 34.5 pounds which is surely fairly heavy to carry around on skates in celebration. Yes, these guys work out but they do not do it while skating on the ice that’s a whole different animal the Cup brings. However, anyone would take up the challenge of course.
13. Three teams have come back to win a Stanley Cup Playoff series after trailing 3-0. Those teams are the 1941-42 Maple Leafs, the 1974-75 Islanders, and the 2010 Flyers
14. Then last but certainly not least, the Stanley Cup itself, is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, who was a Canadian Governor General.