Gordie Howe's Name To Be Removed From The Stanley Cup

A player's name remains on the cup for a maxium of 65 years. 

Evan Jankens
April 04, 2018 - 10:34 am

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To me there are two names synonymous with hockey: Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe. 

Howe played in the NHL from 1946-1980 and was part of four Stanley Cup Championship teams (1950, 1952, 1954,1955) -- and the time has come that his name will be removed from the Stanley Cup.

According to the Detroit Free Press

Those Hockey Hall of Famers and the rest of the players who won an NHL championship from 1954-65 are being stripped off the Stanley Cup this spring to create room for a new layer of names without making the trophy too big to be skated around the ice by the winning captain or checked on an airplane for its next journey.

"People in Saskatchewan are a little upset Gordie's name is coming off, but that's the tradition," said Mike Bolt, one of the Hall of Fame staffers assigned to escort the Cup around the world. "It can't get any bigger. ... We wouldn't be able to do what we do."

Unlike the NFL, NBA and MLB, the NHL doesn't get a new Stanley Cup every season and just replaces the names. The cup, which was donated by Lord Stanley in 1892, started as a 7-inch-high bowl. The now-3-foot tall trophy has added three layers and five more bands to fit 13 years of champions.

The rings that are removed are flattened and displayed at the Hockey Hall of Fame so you will still be able to see Howe's name.

A player's name remains on the cup for a maximum of 65 years.