The original Stanley Cup is a silver punch bowl, 18.5 cm. in height and 29 cm. in diameter, resting on an ebony column bearing a silver plaque identifying the trophy as a gift from Lord Stanley of Preston.

Over the years bands bearing the names of winning teams and players were added, such that the trophy took on a stovepipe appearance. The Cup has undergone re-designs, with new enlarged bands added. As each new band is filled, the earliest one is removed and displayed in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Today, the Stanley Cup exists in three incarnations:the original bowl, which was retired to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1970; a presentation
Stanley Cup, which is used for ceremonies and for display at the Hall of Fame and elsewhere; and a replica Stanley Cup, which is displayed at the Hall when the presentation cup is travelling.


Here are additional resources to learn more about the Stanley Cup.

Charles L. Coleman.
The Trail of the Stanley Cup. v. 1 & v. 2.
Montreal: National Hockey League, 1966.

Dan Diamond, ed.
The Official National Hockey League Stanley Cup Centennial Book.
Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1992.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography. v. XIII.
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1994. p. 984-986.

William Houston.
Pride and Glory: 100 Years of the Stanley Cup.
Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1992.

D’Arcy Jenish.
The Stanley Cup: A Hundred Years of Hockey at its Best.
Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1992.

Paul Kitchen.
“They Refused the Stanley Cup.”
in Total Hockey. 2d ed. p. 20-24.

Paul Kitchen.
Win, Tie, or Wrangle: The Inside Story of the Old Ottawa Senators,1883-1935. Manotick, Ontario: Penumbra Press, 2008.

Brian McFarlane.
Stanley Cup Fever: 100 Years of Hockey Greatness.
Toronto: Stoddart,1992.

National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2008.
Toronto: Dan Diamond, 2007.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. v. 52.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. p. 207, 208.

Andrew Podnieks.
Lord Stanley’s Cup.
Bolton, Ontario: Fenn, 2004.

Joseph Romain and James Duplacey.
The Stanley Cup. n.p.:
W.H. Smith Publishers, 1989.

Kevin Shea and John Jason Wilson.
Lord Stanley: The Man Behind the Cup. Bolton, Ontario: Fenn, 2006.

Total Hockey: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Hockey League. 2d ed. Kingston, New York: Total Sports, 2000.