Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
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Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
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SportIce hockey
Awarded forWestern Conference playoff champions of the National Hockey League
First award1967-68 NHL season
First winnerPhiladelphia Flyers
Most winsChicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers (7)
Most recentDallas Stars (4)

The Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, or simply the Campbell Bowl, is a National Hockey League trophy awarded to the Western Conference playoff champions.[1] It is named after Clarence Campbell, who served as President of the NHL from 1946-47 to 1976-77. The trophy itself is constructed of sterling silver, crafted in 1878.[1] The Dallas Stars are the current holders of the trophy, after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2020 Western Conference Finals.


Henrik Sedin of the 2011 Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks accepts the Campbell Bowl.

The Clarence S. Campbell Bowl was donated by the NHL's clubs in recognition of the contributions and services of its namesake, the League President at the start of the Modern Era expansion. Throughout its history it has been a parallel to the Prince of Wales Trophy, using the same criteria in the opposite competitive grouping. From its inception in the 1967-68 season through to 1973-74 it was awarded to the first-place finisher in the West Division during the regular season.[1] With NHL realignment in 1974-75, it was given to the team with the best regular-season record in the Campbell Conference (the successor to the West Division) through the 1980-81 season.[1] Beginning with the 1981-82 season, it switched to the Campbell Conference playoff champions, and since the 1993-94 season, when the Campbell Conference became the Western Conference, the trophy has gone to the Western Conference playoff champions.[1]

A traditional superstition that is prevalent among many of today's NHL players is that no player should either touch or hoist the Campbell (Western Conference champion) or Prince of Wales (Eastern Conference champion) trophies after they have won the conference playoffs; these players feel that the Stanley Cup is the true championship trophy and thus it should be the only trophy that they should be hoisting. Instead of touching the conference trophy, the captain of the winning team merely poses (usually looking solemn) with the trophy, and sometimes, the entire team poses as well. There have been other teams, however, that have ignored the superstition and hoisted the conference trophy and then went on to win the Cup anyway.[2][3]

The NHL abolished the conferences and re-aligned the league into four new divisions for the 2020-21 NHL season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the semifinal round of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs will be contested between the winners of the divisional playoffs and they will be seeded according to their regular season record. It was initially decided not to award the trophy,[4] but it was later decided that the trophy would be awarded to the winner of the Stanley Cup Semifinals series between the Montreal Canadiens and the Vegas Golden Knights.[5]


  • + = Eventual Stanley Cup champions

West Division regular season champions (1967-1974)

Campbell Conference regular season champions (1974-1981)

Campbell Conference playoffs champions (1981-1993)

Western Conference playoffs champions (1993-present)

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "Clarence S. Campbell Bowl". NHL. Retrieved .
  2. ^ Kaplan, Emily (2011-05-28). "Conference trophies: to touch, or not to touch?". Retrieved .
  3. ^ Coffey, Phil (2006-06-02). " - Ice Age: Having another trophy in mind". Retrieved .[dead link]
  4. ^ a b Cotsonika, Nicholas (May 14, 2021). "Stanley Cup Playoffs: Key questions, answers". NHL.
  5. ^ a b "#NHLStats: Live Updates - June 10, 2021". June 10, 2021. Retrieved 2021. In addition to a spot in the Stanley Cup Final, the winner of the Golden Knights-Canadiens series will claim the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, while the Islanders-Lightning will battle for the Prince of Wales Trophy.

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