Did you know that the first Stanley Cup victory parade was in 1896. The city of Winnipeg held a parade for the champion Victorias. The next Stanley Cup parade wasn't until 1921 and 1923 when the Ottawa Senators won the Cup. However Stanley Cup parades did not become common practice until the 1960s when the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens practically owned the championship Cup.
Drinking champagne from Lord Stanley's Mug is one of the longest standing traditions. The Winnipeg Victorias also began this trend, with their title in 1896. Every team since has followed suit.
It may be hard to believe, but teams did not begin the center ice photo with the Cup until Wayne Gretzky led the impromptu photo op in 1988.
On-Ice Cup Presentation
Perhaps one reason the on ice photo is the sporadic practice of presenting the Stanley Cup on the ice and before the fans in attendance. It may seem like tradition today, but it wasn't until the 1950s that the NHL presented Cup on the ice.
Victory Lap around the ice
One reason why presenting the Cup on ice became practice is because of Ted Lindsay's impromptu on ice celebration in 1950. Lindsay skated around the rink so all fans could share in the victory, to great applause. The victory lap has been Cup tradition ever since.
Stanley Cup Rings
Every player receives an extravagant ring to commemorate their Stanley Cup championship, but it is up to the winning team to pay and create the ring. The practice began with the first Stanley Cup champions - the 1893 Montreal AAA. But it did not become a tradition until Toronto and Montreal dominated the game in the 1940s and 1950s. The same can be said about the tradition of giving out mini replicas of the Stanley Cup
A Day With The Cup
It may be hard to believe, but the practice of players being allowed a full day with the Stanley Cup did not start until 1993. Prior to that, the Stanley Cup would make appearances at team sanctioned events or parties only.