Vegas Golden Knights make controversial NHL history

Were they right to be granted this?



Lord Stanley's Cup has been through just about everything over the years, and the incredible thing is that every player and coach who played a role in the victory will forever have their names etched on the trophy. 

But as you know, there are certain requirements in order to achieve that honor. Players must have skated in at least 41 games for the championship team during the regular season or played in at least one game of the Stanley Cup Finals. One notable example came in 2002 when defenseman Jiri Slegr, who hadn't appeared in the postseason for the Detroit Red Wings, got his name on the Cup thanks to his having played in the deciding Game 5 after he was inserted into the lineup due to Jiri Fischer being suspended. 

Other times, a team may petition the NHL to grant special exemption to a player who didn't meet the specified requirements. 

Additionally, a wonderful tradition for every championship team is that each player, coach and staffer gets their own personal day with the Cup before it is returned for the annual engraving of their names. However, that's now changed.

The Vegas Golden Knights, who put the finishing touches on their first ever title in team history last month, will be the first squad in NHL history to have every player's name etched on the Cup before their individual day with it: 

It sounds like we have a new tradition on our hands! 

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