Monday June 15th, 2015

History weighs heavily against the Tampa Bay Lightning as they try to win their second Stanley Cup this week. Not only will the Bolts have to battle back from a 3-2 deficit against the Chicago Blackhawks, they must snap a long streak: It has been 25 years since a team wearing blue has skated hockey’s greatest prize.

That fact is one of many cool ones uncovered by Chris Creamer while compiling a must-see graphic that captures the exact sweater style worn by every Stanley Cup-winning team in the clinching game, from the 1918 Toronto Arenas through the 2014 Los Angeles Kings.

Creamer, whose blog at has become the go-to reference for NHL jersey history, also notes a variety of historical anomalies including the three teams that captured the Cup while wearing alternate sweaters, the use of commemorative patches, and a weird geographical trend that will continue if the Lightning win Game 6 on Monday night.

Just an amazing piece of work by Creamer. Might be a good time to check out the enlargement capabilities of the office printer, eh?

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