December 28, 2015

Cups and trophies of professional sport leagues (North America)

Thomas Kieller

Grey Cup – Canadian Football League (CFL)

The Grey Cup is awarded annually to the champion team of the CFL’s playoffs. The champion team keeps the cup for a year, before it is awarded to the new champion team. It was given by Earl Grey in 1909 to the amateur champion team of the Canadian Rugby Union (CRU).

Stanley Cup – National Hockey League (NHL)

The Stanley Cup is awarded annually to the champion team of the NHL’s playoffs. The champion team keeps the cup for a year, before it is awarded to the new champion team. There are three Stanley Cups. The original cup was given by Frederick Arthur Stanley in 1892 and its name was, at that time, the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup. The second cup, named the Presentation Cup, is now the one which is presented to the champion team. The last one is the Replica Cup which can be seen at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Note that the NHL is not the owner of the cup. In accordance to the conditions imposed by Lord Stanley, two trustees have the rights concerning the Stanley Cup, but in fact, the NHL managed it since 1947.

Commissioner’s Trophy – Major League Baseball (MLB)

The Commissioner’s Trophy is awarded annually to the champion team of the World Series since 1967. The champion team keeps the trophy. A copy is produced each year. The name of the trophy was given in 1985 (before that, the trophy did not have a name).

Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy – National Basketball Association (NBA)

The Larry O’Brien Trophy is awarded annually to the champion team of the NBA’s playoffs since 1984. The champion team keeps the trophy. A copy is produced each year. From 1947 to 1976, the champion team kept the trophy for a year, before it was awarded to the new champion team. The trophy was called, from 1947 to 1963, the NBA Finals Trophy. From 1964 to 1983, it was called the Walter A. Brown Trophy. In 1977, the design changed (the actual trophy has the same design).

Philip F. Anschultz Trophy – Major League Soccer (MLS)

The Philip F. Anschultz Trophy is awarded annually to the champion team of the MLS’ playoffs since 2008. From 1999 to 2007, the trophy was called the Alan I. Rothenberg Trophy. From 1996 to 1998, the trophy was also called the Alan I. Rothenberg Trophy, but its design was different.

Vince Lombardi Trophy – National Football League (NFL)

The Vince Lombardi Trophy is awarded annually to the champion team of the NFL’s playoffs since 1971. The champion team keeps the trophy. A copy is produced each year. From 1967 to 1970, this trophy was called the World Professional Football Championship.