The Stanley Cup's many flaws, illustrated

Iconic. Beautiful. Quite simply, unparalleled.

And ... tremendously, tremendously flawed?

That's right. It doesn't diminish the special nature of the Stanley Cup, of course. But when the Los Angeles Kings or New Jersey Devils hoist this sought-after trophy soon, they'll be carrying a piece of material that isn't exactly without mistakes. Lots and lots of them.

Kurt Snibbe illustrates: