Stanley was Frederick Arthur, who had the title Lord Stanley of Preston in England.
Arthur was Queen Victoria’s governor-general of Canada when the country was still a British colony.
His son played hockey and the lord was a fan.
As the governor-general finished his term in 1893, he presented the trophy to Canada for its amateur hockey champions.
In 1910, the trophy became the property of the National Hockey Association.
When the NHA became the NHL, the Stanley Cup went pro too.