Which Ice Hockey Team Has Won The Stanley Cup The Most?
Despite not being the largest sport in North America, Ice Hockey still manages to attract a huge following. Particularly in Canada, where some would consider it their national sport. The 2013 Stanley Cup final between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins managed to attract over 8 million viewers.
In this article, we are going to examine who exactly are the most successful Stanley Cup winning NHL teams of all time...
=5. Chicago Blackhawks (5)
At joint number five on the list we have the Chicago Blackhawks with five stanley cup victories since their formation. The first of these came in 1933, whilst, their latest Stanley Cup victory came as recent as 2013 when they beat the Boston Bruins 4 games to 2. It was the first meeting between two of the original NHL teams in the Stanley Cup final since 1979.
As well as having won the Stanley Cup five times, the Chicago Blackhawks have also managed to win their division title (Central) fifteen times. Most recently coming in the 2013 season.
=5. Edmonton Oilers (5)
The Edmonton Oilers are also at number five on our list having gained five Stanley Cup victories since their formation.
Having only been founded in 1971, the Oilers are one of the more recent teams to join the NHL. Therefore, to have them on our list of the most successful Stanley Cup teams means that they really have done well. The Chicago Blackhawks, who are also tied for 5th place, were formed nearly 40 years before the Oilers.
All of their Stanley Cup victories came in the 1980s where it appeared that the Oilers dominated the NHL winning 5 out of 10 Stanley Cup finals played during that decade. However, since then, the Oilers have failed to really make a mark.
4. Boston Bruins (6)
It comes as no real surprise to find the Boston Bruins at number four of the most successful Stanley Cup teams of all time. Having been formed in 1924, the Boston Bruins are the third oldest team in the NHL and one of the 'Original Six' members.
They have won their division 26 times since their formation, with the first of these victories coming in the 1927 season.
Their most recent division victory came in 2011-12 where the Bruins won 49 out of 82 games played in the season. The only team in their conference to achieve better results than them were the New York Rangers (who managed 51 wins).
The last time that the Bruins managed to win the Stanley Cup was in 2011 where they beat the Vancouver Canucks (4-3). The most notable game of this final was the 3rd, where the Bruins managed to beat Vancouver 8-1 in an easy victory.
3. Detroit Red Wings (11)
Third on the list we have another one of the 'original six' teams, the Detroit Red Wings who have managed to win the Stanley Cup 11 times since their formation in 1932.
The most recent of these came in the 2007-2008 season where they managed to destroy the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2.
It comes as no surprise to see Detroit on the list when you consider that they have made the playoffs in 27 of the last 29 seasons; their playoff streak currently stands at 22 in a row (1991–2013). This is in fact one of the best post season streaks by any team in the NHL.
On top of their numerous Stanley Cup victories, the Red Wings have also managed to win their conference 6 times and their division 19 times. Thus cementing them as one of the greatest NHL franchises in the history of the league.
2. Toronto Maple Leafs (13)
The Canadian ice hockey team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, managed to make it to number two on our list of the greatest Stanley Cup teams with 13. The first of these came nearly 100 years ago in the 1917-18 season. It was the first Stanley Cup to be played in the newly formed NHL and made history for Toronto.
Between 1918 and 1967, Toronto went on to win the Stanley Cup a total of thirteen times, showing real dominance in the NHL. However, since then, Toronto have had a serious Stanley Cup drought and have not managed to win the cup since. This 46 year drought is the longest for any team in the NHL currently.
They have however managed to have slightly more luck in their league and have most recently managed to win it in the 2001 season. Before this though, there was a near 60 year drought for division title victories.
It certainly feels like Toronto are no-where near as good a team as they used to be...
1. Montreal Canadiens (24)
At number one we have yet another Canadian team; this time it is the Montreal Canadiens who have won 24 Stanley Cup titles. This consequently makes them the most successful Stanley Cup winning team of all time. However, some would also regard them as one of the most successful ice hockey teams in the history of the NHL.
Their first Stanley Cup victory came in 1916 against the now defunct Portland Rosebuds. Whilst their most recent Stanley Cup victory came in 1993. Despite their 20 year drought, they have still managed to win their division twice since then. In total they have managed to win their division 22 times.
As with their Canadian rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs though, it feels like Montreal have not really been at their best in recent years.