Most Stanley Cup Wins by Players

Which Player has the Most Stanley Cup Wins Ever?

MONTREAL- DECEMBER 4: Former Montreal Canadiens Henri Richard attends the Centennial Celebration ceremonies prior to the NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins on December 4, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Bruins 5-1.
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  • From 1956 to 1973, Henri Richard won 11 Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens.
  • Jean Beliveau won 10 Stanley Cups with the Canadiens from 1956 to 1971. His name is also on the Cup another seven times as a member of Montreal's front office.
  • Another star of the Montreal Canadiens, Yvan Cournoyer won 10 Stanley Cups between 1965 and 1979.
  • Like Richard and Beliveau, Claude Provost won his first cup in 1956. He won 9 Stanley Cups with the Canadiens, the last coming in 1969.
  • Red Kelly is the most successful NHL player who never played for Montreal. He won 8 Stanley Cups with Detroit and Toronto between 1950 and 1967.
  • Before beginning a long career as a coach, Jacques Lemaire won 8 Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens from 1968 to 1979.
  • Maurice "Rocket" Richard won 8 Stanley Cups during his legendary career with the Canadiens, between 1944 and 1960.

And who do we find at the opposite end of the scale? Who's the NHL's all-time hard luck guy?

That would be Phil Housley.

From 1982 to 2003, Housley played 1,495 regular season games with Buffalo, Winnipeg, St. Louis, Calgary, New Jersey, Washington, Chicago and Toronto. But he never lifted the Cup.

That makes him the leader in games played without ever winning a Stanley Cup.

STANLEY CUP ORIGINS

In 1888, the Governor-General of Canada, Lord Stanley of Preston (his sons and daughter enjoyed hockey), first attended the Montreal Winter Carnival tournament and was impressed with the game.

In 1892, he saw that there was no recognition for the best team in Canada, so he purchased a silver bowl for use as a trophy. The Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup (which later became known as the Stanley Cup) was first awarded in 1893 to the Montreal Hockey Club, champions of the AHAC; it continues to be awarded annually to the National Hockey League's championship team.