We all want our name to stay alive and be remembered in history. The teams that win the Stanley Cup get the opportunity that the name of their entire roster gets written on the barrel of the Cup. This barrel has space enough for the names of thirteen teams. When this space is filled, what happens?
When the Stanley Cup is full of names, the officials take off the oldest barrel and replace it with a new one. The old one is then placed in Toronto’s Hockey Hall of fame.
A brief History of Rings and Engraving added to the Stanley Cup
Lord Stanley gifted the Stanley Cup in 1892. It was a simple 7 ½ inches cup made of fine silver with only one ring at that time. After 1902, the ring was full of names. In 1909, the Ottawa Senators added the second ring. Today, the Cup is 35 ¼ inches with about 34 ½ pounds.
The NHL started the standard engraving of the names in 1924, a tradition set by the Montreal Wanderers in 1907. They also started adding the rings almost every year now. The Stanley Cup was redesigned in 1948 and 1957 to its present form.
Although not for sale, the Stanley Cup’s cost is about $8,000 on the market. Its worth is much more in the hearts of the hockey players and the fans. Silversmith Carl Petersen had this duty to do all the engravings in the past. The present engraver is Louise St. Jacques, who has a studio in Montreal.
What Happens When the Stanley Cup is Full?
When one ring on the Cup is filled with names, the officials take it off and replace it with another one. The redesign of the Cup was done keeping in mind that it would go to the hundredth year of the Cup, which was 1992, but it got filled a year earlier because of the Montreal Canadiens, who took extra space.
After 13 teams have won the Cup, the officials take off the ring containing about 340 names and add another fresh ring. The rings have a circumference of about 35 inches. Up till now, three-barrel rings are retired:
- 1927–28 to 1939–40 champions
- 1940–41 to 1952–53 winners of the Cup
- 1953–54 to 1964–65
The new ring, which is ongoing, will retire in the 2029-30 season. It had started in 2017-18 when the Washington Capital won the Cup. So, the Washington Capitals became the first team to have their names on this ring.
The ring which was taken off contained names from the 1953-54 Detroit Red Wings to the 1964- 65 Montreal Canadiens. This ring also contained the names of sixteen Hall of Fame players and the teams like Maple Leafs, Red Wings and Black Hawks.
On the other hand, the next ring, which will be removed in the year 2031, has the names of teams like the Canadiens, Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers and Maple Leafs with some great Hall of Fame names like Montreal centre Henri Richard and Boston’s Bobby Orr.
What Happens to the Rings?
When a ring gets filled up entirely with the names of the teams, the NHL officials take off the top ring. The ring is flattened out and displayed on a wall in the trophy room in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
These rings are placed under the original Stanley Cup at a distance of a few feet.
How Long Does Your Name Stay on the Stanley Cup?
So, if the rings do not stay forever on the Stanley Cup, how long will your name remain on the Cup? We can estimate this. You will get the longest time on the Cup if your name is added to the ring in the first year that the ring was added, and you will get the least amount of time if you get a spot on the barrel in the last year before the ring is removed.
The names can stay on the Stanley Cup for about 52 – 65 years before the removal.
What Teams are Getting Their Teams Removed from the Stanley Cup Next?
The following teams that will be removed from the Stanley Cup are from 1965-66 to 1977-78. This barrel will be released in 2029-30. This removal is also an alarm for the teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs or Philadelphia Flyers to win a Stanley Cup in the remaining years, or they will no longer have their name on the Cup.
But, even if the names of the players and teams that achieved so much and played such fantastic games are taken away from the Cup itself, they will be remembered and live in the hearts and minds of the hockey players and fans to come in generations.