Stanley Cup trophy.

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A Ring Of Names Will Be Stripped From The Stanley Cup This Year

Every 13 years we lose about a decade of championship teams from the trophy.

May 22, 2018 - 10:31 am

The NHL's championship trophy is unique, in that it's the only trophy in the world of professional sports that has the names of every player, coach, front office personnel and staff stamped into it. But after decades and decades of new champions, it never gets any bigger. 

That's because every 13 years a band of championship teams is removed, to make room for the latest champions. After a champion is crowed this year, the champions from 1954-65 will be stripped away from Lord Stanley's Cup and placed in the Hall of Fame in Toronto. 

There are already two rings sitting in the Hall of Fame, representing the champions from 1927 to 1940 and 1941 to 1953. The next section of names will include the likes of Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard. 

Of the 12 championship teams being removed, six are Montreal Canadiens, three are Toronto Maple Leafs, two are Detroit Red Wings and one Chicago Blackhawks team. 

The St. Louis Blues, unfortunately, don't have to worry about being stripped from the trophy any time soon. But when the next ring comes down, it will include the two Canadiens and Boston Bruins teams that beat St. Louis in the finals between 1968 and 1970. 

The Stanley Cup is 125-years-old, it weighs 35 pounds and stands just over 35 inches tall. It's made of silver and nickel alloy.

In the coming weeks it will be presented to either the Vegas Golden Knights, Washington Capitals or Tampa Bay Lightning – as the 2018 NHL Championships. The Stanley Cup Finals are set to begin on Monday, May 28, and we'll find out who the Golden Knights will be facing, after Wednesday's Game 7 between Washington and Tampa Bay.