The Western Conference champion Dallas Stars stuck with recent tradition and didn't touch the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl on Monday.
The Stars were awarded the trophy by NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly following a 3-2 overtime win against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final at Rogers Place in Edmonton, the hub city for the conference finals and Stanley Cup Final. Captain Jamie Benn and his teammates posed for photos with the Campbell Bowl but made sure they did not touch it.
Since 2006-07, only the 2017-18 Golden Knights touched the bowl. They lost the Cup Final in five games to the Washington Capitals.
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The St. Louis Blues did not touch the bowl last season and won the Stanley Cup. Prior to the Golden Knights, the Nashville Predators (2017) and San Jose Sharks (2016) each did not touch it and lost the Cup Final.
That followed four straight years of the Western Conference winner not touching the bowl and winning the Cup (Los Angeles Kings, 2012 and 2014; Chicago Blackhawks, 2013 and 2015).
Dallas won the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl in 1999 and 2000. Captain Derian Hatcher touched it each time but did not lift it. The Stars defeated the Buffalo Sabres in six games in the 1999 Cup Final but lost to the New Jersey Devils in six games in 2000.
The Clarence S. Campbell Bowl has been awarded to the Western Conference playoff winner each year since the 1993-94 season.