The 1961 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks team will have their names removed from The Cup.

Yes, I'm sad to say it's true.

According to chicago.suntimes.com,

"Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull, Glenn Hall and Pierre Pilote are forever enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame, but they’re no longer enshrined on the Stanley Cup."

Before you get upset and start a protest or online petition, there is something you should know. It's a tradition.

The Stanley Cup was originally just a seven-inch bowl but is now three feet tall. To keep it mobile, after so many years a ring of Stanley Cup winning teams and names are removed.

"The silver band of names from championship teams from 1954-65 is being removed from the Cup to make room for a new layer of names."

That means the 1960-1961 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks are among the next group to be removed.

Don't worry, they don't just throw it away.

"The 1954-65 ring will be the third to be removed and displayed at the Hall of Fame in Toronto." 

We will have plenty of time to enjoy 2010, 2013, and 2015 Blackhawk Champs.

"The process is repeated every 13 years, meaning a player’s name stays on the trophy for a maximum of 65 years."

Hopefully, the Blackhawks can get their names on there a few more times in the near future.


 

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