NHL: New York Rangers and Teams with the Most Presidents’ Trophies

The (Ugly) NHL's Presidents' Trophy Looks A Bit Like A Lamp

The (Ugly) NHL’s Presidents’ Trophy Looks A Bit Like A Lamp

The 2014-15 New York Rangers just finished a five-game winning streak, upping their season point tally to an uncatchable 111 points and capturing the NHL‘s Presidents’ Trophy.

It’s the Rangers third Trophy, second only to the Detroit Red Wings, who have twice as many at the top.

The Presidents’ Trophy is given to the “best” team in the league, or the one that finished with the most points that season. It also gives that team home-ice advantage through the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Trophy has been awarded since 1985-86. The Edmonton Oilers won the first.

But, and here’s a good question, why is it called the Presidents’ Trophy? What about the Canadian contingent? Why isn’t it called the Prime Ministers’ Trophy?

Based on my Internet research (and help me out here, for the resources are scant on this one), it appears to be named for the NHL’s five Presidents* between 1917 and 1993 (before Gary Bettman came in as Commissioner).

TEAM PRESIDENTS’ TROPHIES SEASONS
1. Detroit Red Wings 6 1994–95, 1995-96, 2001-02, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2007-08
2. New York Rangers 3 1991–92, 1993-94, 2014-15
3. Boston Bruins 2 1989–90, 2013-14
3. Calgary Flames 2 1987–88, 1988-89
3. Chicago Blackhawks 2 1990–91, 2012-13
3. Colorado Avalanche 2 1996–97, 2000-01
3. Dallas Stars 2 1997–98, 1998-99
3. Edmonton Oilers 2 1985–86, 1986-87
3. Vancouver Canucks 2 2010–11, 2011-12
10. Buffalo Sabres 1 2006–07
10. Ottawa Senators 1 2002–03
10. Pittsburgh Penguins 1 1992–93
10. San Jose Sharks 1 2008–09
10. St. Louis Blues 1 1999–00
10. Washington Capitals 1 2009–10

* They were Frank Calder (1917-1943), Red Dutton (1943-1946), Clarence Campbell (1946-1977), John Ziegler (1977-1992) and Gil Stein (1992-1993). Thanks to sportsecyclopedia.com for those bios!

Photo: commons.wikimedia.org

Posted on April 8, 2015, in NHL Hockey and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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