In 1859, a team of men from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont competed in the first American Cup.
The Cup was held every year in Washington, DC, and was awarded to the best team in the country.
The team won the Cup in the 1860s and was known as the New Englanders.
The first tournament was won by the New York State Pioneers in 1859.
In 1867, the New Jersey team won a Cup for the first time.
The first two teams to win the Cup were the Chicago and Pittsburgh teams in 1869 and 1872.
The last two teams ever to win were the Boston and Chicago teams in 1920.
In the 1920s, two teams played in the Cup and in 1924, a third team took the Cup.
Both teams had been playing at Nationals Park.
The teams played each other once in a while.
The New York team won its first Cup in 1924.
In the 1960s, a new team was formed, the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins.
In 1973, the Cup was renamed the American Hockey League Trophy.
In 1976, a fourth Cup was won.
In 1989, the Pittsburgh Penguins became the first team to win a Cup in three consecutive seasons.
In 2017, the Stanley Cup was named the NHL Trophy.