Hockey Central
Prince of Wales Trophy
Eastern Conference Champions
Eastern Conference Champions since 1982 -
Wales Trophy since 1925

Beginning with the 1993-94 season, the club which advances to the Stanley Cup finals as the winner of the Eastern Conference Champion is presented with the Prince of Wales Trophy.

His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, donated the trophy to the National Hockey League in 1925. It was originally awarded to the winner of the first game played in Madison Square Garden, December 15, 1925 (Montreal Canadiens 3 at NY Americans 1). It was then awarded to the NHL playoff champion in 1925-26 and 1926-27. From 1927-28 through 1937-38, the award was presented to the regular-season champion of the American Division of the NHL. (The team finishing first in the Canadian Division received the O'Brien Trophy during these years.) From 1938-39 when the NHL reverted to one section, to 1966-67, it was presented to the team winning the NHL regular-season championship. With expansion in 19687-68, it again became a divisional trophy, awarded to the regular-season champions of the East Division through to the end of the 1973-74 season. Beginning in 1974-75, it was awarded to the regular-season winner of the conference bearing the name of the trophy. From 1981-82 to 1992-93 the trophy was presented to the playoff champion in the Wales Conference. Since 1973-74, the trophy has been presented to the playff champion of the Eastern Conference.


Year Team
2013 Boston Bruins
2012 New Jersey
2011 Boston Bruins
2010 Philadelphia Flyers
2009 Pittsburgh Penguins
2008 Pittsburgh Penguins
2007 Ottawa Senators
2006 Carolina Hurricanes
2004 Tampa Bay Lightning
2003 New Jersey Devils
2002 Carolina Hurricanes
2001 New Jersey Devils
2000 New Jersey Devils
1999 Buffalo Sabres
1998 Washington Capitals
1997 Philadelphia Flyers
1996 Florida Panthers
1995 New Jersey Devils
1994 New York Rangers
1993 Montreal Canadiens
1992 Pittsburgh Penguins
1991 Pittsburgh Penguins
1990 Boston Bruins
1989 Montreal Canadiens
1988 Boston Bruins
1987 Philadelphia Flyers
1986 Montreal Canadiens
1985 Philadelphia Flyers
1984 New York Islanders
1983 New York Islanders
1982 New York Islanders
1981 Montreal Canadiens
1980 Buffalo Sabres
1979 Montreal Canadiens
1978 Montreal Canadiens
1977 Montreal Canadiens
1976 Montreal Canadiens
1975 Buffalo Sabres
1974 Boston Bruins
1973 Montreal Canadiens
1972 Boston Bruins
1971 Boston Bruins
1970 Chicago Black Hawks
1969 Montreal Canadiens
1968 Montreal Canadiens
1967 Chicago Black Hawks
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1966 Montreal Canadiens
1965 Detroit Red Wings
1964 Montreal Canadiens
1963 Toronto Maple Leafs
1962 Montreal Canadiens
1961 Montreal Canadiens
1960 Montreal Canadiens
1959 Montreal Canadiens
1958 Montreal Canadiens
1957 Detroit Red Wings
1956 Montreal Canadiens
1955 Detroit Red Wings
1954 Detroit Red Wings
1953 Detroit Red Wings
1952 Detroit Red Wings
1951 Detroit Red Wings
1950 Detroit Red Wings
1949 Detroit Red Wings
1948 Toronto Maple Leafs
1947 Montreal Canadiens
1946 Montreal Canadiens
1945 Montreal Canadiens
1944 Montreal Canadiens
1943 Detroit Red Wings
1942 New York Rangers
1941 Boston Bruins
1940 Boston Bruins
1939 Boston Bruins
1938 Boston Bruins
1937 Detroit Red Wings
1936 Detroit Red Wings
1935 Boston Bruins
1934 Detroit Red Wings
1933 Boston Bruins
1932 New York Rangers
1931 Boston Bruins
1930 Boston Bruins
1929 Boston Bruins
1928 Boston Bruins
1927 Ottawa Senators
1926 Montreal Maroons
1925 Montreal Canadiens