The NHL has four trophies that are just for the team, one is based on the regular season while the other three are based on the playoffs. These trophies are awarded for the most points or the champion of a conference or the entire Stanley Cup playoffs.
Regular Season Trophy
The Presidents’ Trophy is an annual award to the club finishing the regular season with the best overall record. To learn more about the history behind this trophy check out my post, NHL’s Presidents’ Trophy, a look at its history and is it cursed?
Prince of Wales Trophy
The Prince of Wales Trophy is presented to the playoff champion in the Eastern Conference.
History and Timeline
This trophy was donated by His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales in 1924. Over the almost 100 years of its existence, this trophy has been awarded for many different things:
1925: awarded to the winner of the first game in Madison Square Garden
1928-38: awarded to the team finishing first in the American Division
1939-67: awarded to the team that won the regular season championship
1968-74: awarded to the regular-season champion of the East Division
1975-81: awarded to the regular-season winner of the Wales Conference
1982-93: awarded to the playoff champion of the Wales Conference
1994-Present: awarded to the playoff champion of the Eastern Conference
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
The Campbell Bowl is presented by the member clubs for perpetual competition by the NHL in recognition of the services of Clarence S. Campbell, League President from 1946 to 1977, and awarded to the playoff champion in the Western Conference.
History and Timeline
This trophy was created in 1878 but wasn’t presented until 1968.
1968-74: awarded to the regular-season champion of the West Division
1975-81: awarded to the regular-season winner of the Campbell Conference
1982-93: awarded to the playoff champion of the Campbell Conference
1994-Present: awarded to the playoff champion of the Western Conference
The Stanley Cup
The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy awarded annually to the NHL playoff winner. Next week I will be talking about the history of the Cup so be sure to check back!
*Each link takes you to the history and past winners of each award and trophy*
If you were curious about the NHL Individual Trophies, check out my post where I review all 17 trophies and awards given to players, coaches, and general managers.