Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 7/23/13
The NHL playoffs started on April 30. On June 8, the Chicago Blackhawks topped the L.A. Kings in overtime to…send Chicago to the Stanley Cup finals, ensuring at least two, and possibly three more weeks of hockey. It took until June 24 for the Blackhawks to dispatch of the Boston Bruins and claim another section of engravings on the Cup. Hockey fans wouldn’t have it any other way, because the payoff is so sweet. That payoff, of course, is Lord Stanley’s Cup, which has been around in one incarnation or another since 1892. That fact alone makes the Stanley Cup one of the best trophies in sports. Here’s my list of the 10 greatest trophies in the sporting world. They’re all not a “trophy” in the most literal sense, but they all fall into the dictionary definition of a trophy being “something gained or given in victory or conquest.” I graded the trophies on a scale of 1 through 10 on aesthetics, history, and the difficulty in obtaining each. 10. Borg-Warner Trophy, Indianapolis 500 winner Aesthetics:
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