When we think of the Dynasty’s in the history of the NHL, a few teams come to mind…
The 1970’s…Montreal Canadiens :24 total Stanley Cup Championships.
The 1980’s…New York Islanders:4 straight Stanley Cup Championships 1980,81,82,83,
Detroit Red Wings: 11 Stanley Cup Championships. Including 1997,1998, 2002 and 2008.
Recently the Chicago Blackhawks have joined this conversation. They won 3 titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015.
Growing up in the 1980’s hockey was my first love. I would often stay up late on Friday nights, watching the New York Knicks at 7pm on channel 9 and wait for the tape delayed games at 10pm of the New York Rangers. To this day, the greatest team I ever watched, were the Edmonton Oilers. During the 1980’s and early 1990’s that team was filled with future Hall of Fame players. Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey and Glenn Anderson won 4 championships. Messier led them to 1 more in 1990, after Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. The Edmonton Oilers won 5 Stanley Cups, this was the best team I had ever seen. You know who else has five rings? The Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pens have won 5 five times. (1991,1992,2009, 2016 and 2017). They are the first team since the 1997-1998 Red Wings to win back to back championships. Unfortunately for their fans, all 5 Cups have been on the road.
At 29 years old, Sydney Crosby has hoisted the cup three times. That is one less than “The Great One,” Wayne Gretzky, who did it 4 times. Crosby has won back-to-back Conn Smythe Trophy’s as the MVP of the playoffs. The scary part for the NHL…he is not even in his prime yet. The Penguins are the early pick out of Las Vegas to win it all again next year. I am not ready to call them a dynasty yet, but I wouldn’t argue anyone who said they were. Here is a list of teams who have won at least 5 titles over the past 30 years.
New England Patriots
San Antonio Spurs
Los Angeles Lakers
New York Yankees
That is an elite club.
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