Queen Victoria appointed Frederick Arthur Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby (15 January 1841 – 14 June 1908), known as Frederick Stanley, as the sixth Governor General of Canada in 1888. He stood as governor general until 1893.
The man behind the gift
An avid sportsman, lover of the outdoors and veritable hockey dad, Lord Stanley was besotted by hockey the first winter after his posting as governor general. In 1892, he gave Canada a treasured national icon—the Stanley Cup. He originally donated the trophy as an award for Canada’s top-ranking amateur hockey club. In 1926, the National Hockey League adopted the Stanley Cup as the championship prize in professional hockey.
That this now famous Cup bears Lord Stanley’s name is a fitting tribute to his encouragement and love of outdoor life and sport in Canada. In recognition of his enduring fit, Lord Stanley was inducted into the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945 in the “Honoured Builders” category.
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