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What is the Stanley Cup?
The Stanley Cup Series is the playoff series of the National Hockey League (NHL) ice-hockey series, the ultimate victor of which is awarded the coveted Stanley Cup, North America’s oldest professional sports trophy.
It was originally founded in 1893, and officially became a product of the NHL post-season in 1926, although prior to which the series operated functionally very similar.
Stanley Cup Overview
16 teams in total compete in the series, 8 teams from the East Conference and 8 from the West, determined by the points gathered from each throughout the regular season.
The Eastern Conference is split between the Atlantic and Metropolitan divisions, the Western Conference separated by the Central and Pacific Divisions.
The top three teams of each division qualify for the playoffs automatically, in addition to two ‘wildcard’ teams, who are the remaining teams with the highest number of points in each conference, regardless of division.
In the event of equal standing between teams (those whose positions would qualify them for the playoffs) at the end of the season, a series of tie breakers are used in order: the number of games won, the number of points earned in matches between the two clubs, goal differential, and if none of these satisfy, a one-game playoff is employed.
How It Works
The event is structured as an elimination tournament, composing four rounds of best of seven series, where teams within the same conference verse each other in a 2, 2, 1 1, 1 format.
Given that it is a best of seven series, games 5 through 7 are only played if necessary. Each round of the series eliminates half of the competitors until only two from each conference remain, who compete against one another in the Conference Finals.
The winner of each Conference Final then go on to verse each other in the final round, known as the Stanley Cup Finals.
The entire playoffs series take place after the usual NHL competition, beginning in April and ending with the Stanley Cup Finals in June.
Stanley Cup History
The most successful team is the Montreal Canadiens, who with a record 34 appearances in the finals have won 24 and were runners up 9 times, with a case of a no-decision in the 1919 final due to the Spanish Flu epidemic.
The event’s most prolific participants are Red Kelly and Henri Richard, who each played in 65 total games during the final across a record 12 years.
The 2019 series was won by the St. Louis Blues, who had not even made it to the finals since 1970. They competed against the Boston Bruins, who had last appeared in the finals in 2013 and won the Stanley Cup in 2011.
The final began on May 7 and ended on the 12th of June. The final was highly competitive, making it all the way to 7 games, with the series going back and forth as the two teams exchanged victories until the final game. The MVP of the series, represented by the Conn Smythe Trophy, was awarded to the Blues’ centre Ryan O’Reilly.
Watch Stanley Cup NZ
Stanley Cup games can be viewed in New Zealand on Sky Sport. You’ll need an active subscription to do so.
Around the world you can watch on the following platforms:
- USA: NBC Sports
- Canada: CBC
- International: NHL.TV ($30/mo)
- Australia: Kayo or Foxtel Now.
The easiest way to watch the Stanley Cup finals is by using a VPN and loading up CBC which is Canada’s free to air broadcaster. You don’t need a subscription nor a cable connection to watch.
Follow our quick guide below and you’ll be watching in no time at all.
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