When a team wins the Stanley Cup, the name of each player is engraved on it, provided that the player meets the NHL criteria for inclusion. That criteria has changed over the years.
- 1926-70 – played half (or more) of regular season games, or at least one playoff game.
- 1971-76 – played at least one playoff game.
- 1976-present – played in half (or more) of regular season games, or at least one game in the Stanley Cup Finals.
- 1994 – NHL allows teams to petition the league to include players who did not meet the criteria due to extenuating circumstances.