When Frederick Arthur, a.k.a. Lord Stanley of Preston, offered a $50 silver cup as a prize for the championship of Canadian ice hockey in 1893, he did not include an instruction manual.
But over the years, the directions for winning the Stanley Cup could be read between the lines of the champions etched in silver.
Because some of the laws are not apparent to casual observers, we asked a few players and coaches who abide by the code to give up their secrets.
Their tips range from the physical to the strategic to the diabolical, and while they don’t necessarily guarantee victory -- try overcoming a hot goaltender or a cold power play -- they will aid in the quest for hockey’s Grail.
Click on the links at right to read Stanley's Laws. This article appears in the May 13 issue of ESPN The Magazine.
Stanley's Law No. 1: Block Shots
Anyone who blocks shots well ...
Stanley's Law No. 2: Dominate In Front
Playoff hockey is a war ...
Stanley's Law No. 3: Own The Boards
When you’re working the wall, ...
Stanley's Law No. 4: Control The Faceoff
Any guy who tries really hard ...
Stanley's Law No. 5: Rev Up In Neutral
If you want to win a Stanley ...
Stanley's Law No. 6: Irritate The Enemy
The job of a pest is to get ...