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I caught the trophy presentation of the British Open yesterday, and I thought it was interesting how the winner's name is engraved onto the trophy immediately. So, it got me thinking about the Stanley Cup.

I searched, but could not find a definitive answer on this...

When a team wins the Stanley Cup, how long does it take for the names to be engraved on it? Obviously, the Cup skated around by the winning team doesn't have that team's roster on it, just the previous season's winners.

But is it finished by the time the team has it's parade ceremony? By the time the players get it for a day? Or is it only finished by the beginning of the next season?

Signed,

Curious in Cleveland

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I caught the trophy presentation of the British Open yesterday, and I thought it was interesting how the winner's name is engraved onto the trophy immediately. So, it got me thinking about the Stanley Cup.

I searched, but could not find a definitive answer on this...

When a team wins the Stanley Cup, how long does it take for the names to be engraved on it? Obviously, the Cup skated around by the winning team doesn't have that team's roster on it, just the previous season's winners.

But is it finished by the time the team has it's parade ceremony? By the time the players get it for a day? Or is it only finished by the beginning of the next season?

Signed,

Curious in Cleveland

Dear Curious,

Typically the NHL has the Stanley Cup winners' names engraved in between the time which the last player from the Cup winning team gets his day with the Cup and the opening of the Regular Season.

-Ann... er Fred. :P

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From HHOF.com:

40 Reg Season Games/or 1 in the Cup Final.

Obvious exception: Backup goalies.

Other players deemed to be integral to the team can be included...it's up to the team.

To earn the status of getting your name engraved on the Stanley Cup, players must play at least 40 games through the regular season or one in the Cup final. Although not an official ruling, this standard helps dictate those who are considered part of the championship team. This ruling has allowed players like Aut Erickson and Milan Marcetta to get their names on the Stanley Cup. Neither played a single regular season game for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1967, but both played in the Cup final and as a result, earned the honour. Teams can get dispensation to include players it deems worthy to add. In 1972, the Boston Bruins included Ted Green on their list of engraved names. Green was injured in a violent pre-season game that season and missed the entire campaign, but was an integral part of the Bruins' franchise nevertheless. Although it is certain he would have been included by the Devils' anyway, goaltender Corey Schwab played just eleven games behind Martin Brodeur during the regular season, but ensured his name would be on the Cup with an appearance in the final against the Mighty Ducks.

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The ruling to having played 40 games during the season also requires that you still a member of that team at the end of the regular season. It's possible for someone to play 60 games and then be traded away (like Shane O'Brien when he was traded to Tampa Bay from Anaheim this year), but because they are not there at season's end, they are not engraved.

Also, while George Parros does not qualify by only playing in something like 38 regular season games and none in the finals, Brian Burke assured the fans of Anaheim that he would be engraved on the cup.

--Roger "Time?" Clemente.

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The cups are sent to be updated by hand at either the end of august or beginning of september. It usually takes a total of 10 days for it to be done. I cannot remember what I was told about what happens to the cup that remains at the HHOF... whether the presentation cup takes its place for a few days or whether they just remove the cup all together for a few days. I can find out soon enough.

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