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09-27-2003, 01:11 PM
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Question: if the Stanley Cup isn't property of the NHL (and it doesn't appear to be), whose property is it? Assuming Lord Stanley never really relinquished title to it, just offered it for use as a symbolic championship, it presumably belongs to his successor. The current Baron Stanley is Sir Edward Stanley, Earl of Derby, who according to his Burke's Peerage entry is a 41-year-old banker. More interestingly, he seems to have an interest in sports, and sits on the board of a few different sports organizations. Wonder what'd happen if someone convinced him to reassert his family's ownership of the Cup?

Of course, that's the *original* Cup, not the replica that's actually handed out. The legal status of the replicas is another question...

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