Clarence S. Campbell Bowl

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 St. Louis Blues are the current holders of the trophy, after defeating the San Jose Sharks in the 2019 Western Conference Finals.

Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
SportIce hockey
Given forWestern Conference playoff champions of the National Hockey League
First award1967–68 NHL season
First winnerPhiladelphia Flyers
Most winsChicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers (7)
Most recentSt. Louis Blues (3)


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, 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]


Total awards won
Wins Team
7 Chicago Blackhawks
Edmonton Oilers
6 Detroit Red Wings
Philadelphia Flyers
3 Calgary Flames
Minnesota/Dallas (North) Stars
Los Angeles Kings
New York Islanders
Vancouver Canucks
St. Louis Blues
2 Anaheim (Mighty) Ducks
Colorado Avalanche
1 Nashville Predators
San Jose Sharks
Vegas Golden Knights
  • ^ = Year clinched to lead years won
  • ¤ = Year clinched to consecutively lead years won
  • = Eventual Stanley Cup champions

West Division regular season champions (1967–1974)

Season Winner Win #
1967–68 Philadelphia Flyers ^ ¤ 1
1968–69 St. Louis Blues 1
1969–70 St. Louis Blues ^ ¤ 2
1970–71 Chicago Black Hawks 1
1971–72 Chicago Black Hawks 2
1972–73 Chicago Black Hawks ^ ¤ 3
1973–74 Philadelphia Flyers 2

Campbell Conference regular season champions (1974–1981)

Season Winner Win #
1974–75 Philadelphia Flyers 3
1975–76 Philadelphia Flyers ^ 4
1976–77 Philadelphia Flyers ¤ 5
1977–78 New York Islanders 1
1978–79 New York Islanders 2
1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers 6
1980–81 New York Islanders 3

Campbell Conference playoffs champions (1981–1993)

Season Winner Win #
1981–82 Vancouver Canucks 1
1982–83 Edmonton Oilers 1
1983–84 Edmonton Oilers 2
1984–85 Edmonton Oilers 3
1985–86 Calgary Flames 1
1986–87 Edmonton Oilers 4
1987–88 Edmonton Oilers 5
1988–89 Calgary Flames 2
1989–90 Edmonton Oilers 6
1990–91 Minnesota North Stars 1
1991–92 Chicago Blackhawks 4
1992–93 Los Angeles Kings 1

Western Conference playoffs champions (1993–present)

Season Winner Win #
1993–94 Vancouver Canucks 2
1994–95 Detroit Red Wings 1
1995–96 Colorado Avalanche 1
1996–97 Detroit Red Wings 2
1997–98 Detroit Red Wings 3
1998–99 Dallas Stars 2
1999–2000 Dallas Stars 3
2000–01 Colorado Avalanche 2
2001–02 Detroit Red Wings 4
2002–03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 1
2003–04 Calgary Flames 3
2005–06 Edmonton Oilers ^ 7
2006–07 Anaheim Ducks 2
2007–08 Detroit Red Wings 5
2008–09 Detroit Red Wings 6
2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks 5
2010–11 Vancouver Canucks 3
2011–12 Los Angeles Kings 2
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks 6
2013–14 Los Angeles Kings 3
2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks 7
2015–16 San Jose Sharks 1
2016–17 Nashville Predators 1
2017–18 Vegas Golden Knights 1
2018–19 St. Louis Blues 3

See also


  1. "Clarence S. Campbell Bowl". NHL. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
  2. Kaplan, Emily (2011-05-28). "Conference trophies: to touch, or not to touch?". Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  3. Coffey, Phil (2006-06-02). " - Ice Age: Having another trophy in mind". Retrieved 2006-07-25.

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