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 Sportslogos.net 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?