NHL Playoffs: Memorable Stanley Cup Raising Moments

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NHL Playoffs: Memorable Stanley Cup Raising Moments
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When the Stanley Cup is presented to the winning team's captain at the conclusion of the 2012 NHL playoffs, the man wearing the "C" on his sweater will surely celebrate by lifting the piece of hardware over his head and skating around the ice before handing the trophy over to a selected teammate. 

That ritual is something we have come to expect, and it would be a shock if it didn't happen.

Interestingly, this ritual does not date all that far back in the history of the NHL. The first player to ever lift the Cup overhead was the Detroit Red Wings' Ted Lindsay, who did so after the Wings captured the 1950 Cup.

What follows are some of the most memorable Cup raising moments.

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