Counting Stanley

That’s Bobby Orr with Stanley. He won it twice and Boston hasn’t seen it since.

There are lots of clubs who are going through dry spells and plenty more who have never won.

Below is a list of NHL teams and their total number of Stanley Cup victories. I started with the 1927-28 season as it’s a nice line in the sand that leaves behind the teams that aren’t normally associated with the “modern era”.

The only exception are the Montreal Maroons but I think it’s fair.

  1. Montreal Canadiens TWENTY-TWO (’30, ’31, ’44, ’46, ’53, ’56-60, ’65, ’66, ’68, ’69, ’71, ’73, ’76-’79, ’86, ’93)
  2. Detroit Red Wings ELEVEN (’36, ’37, ’43, ’50, ’52, ’54, ’55, ’97, ’98, ’02, ’08)
  3. Toronto Maple Leafs ELEVEN (’32, ’42, ’45, ’47, ’48, ’49, ’51, ’62, ’63, ’64, ’67)
  4. Edmonton Oilers FIVE (’84, ’85, ’87, ’88, ’90)
  5. Boston Bruins FIVE (’29, ’39, ’41, ’70, ’72)
  6. New York Rangers FOUR (’28, ’33, ’40, ’94)
  7. New York Islanders FOUR (’80, ’81, ’82, ’83)
  8. New Jersey Devils THREE (’95, ’00, ’03)
  9. Chicago Black Hawks THREE (’34, ’38, ’61)
  10. Colorado Avalanche TWO (’96, ’01)
  11. Pittsburgh Penguins TWO (’91, ’92)
  12. Philadelphia Flyers TWO (’74, ’75)
  13. Anaheim Ducks ONE (’07)
  14. Carolina Hurricanes ONE (’06)
  15. Tampa Bay Lightning ONE (’04)
  16. Dallas Stars ONE (’99)
  17. Calgary Flames ONE (’89)
  18. Montreal Maroons ONE (’35)

Detroit’s recent flurry (4 Stanley’s since 1997) allows the franchise to catch Toronto, whose hopes to win the thing were sent up with Anik. No one will catch Montreal in my lifetime, even if they never win again.

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6 Responses to "Counting Stanley"

  1. Peter Lynn says:

    Detroit hasn’t caught Toronto yet. Don’t forget the two cups won by the Maple Leafs franchise under its previous names, the Toronto Arenas (’18) and St. Pats (’23). That’s 13.

  2. Lowetide says:

    I’m not counting them, Peter. It’s ridiculous to count them and the only reason people do is to pad the stats.

    Honestly.

  3. HBomb says:

    Here’s another list for consideration, something of relevance around these parts.

    Since 1979-80, the dawn of the “Original 21″ era:

    Edmonton – 5 (84,85,87,88,90)
    NY Islanders – 4 (80,81,82,83)
    Detroit – 4 (97,98,02,08)
    New Jersey – 3 (95,00,03)
    Montreal – 2 (86,93)
    Pittsburgh – 2 (91,92)
    Colorado – 2 (96, 01)
    Calgary – 1 (89)
    NY Rangers – 1 (94)
    Dallas – 1 (99)
    Tampa Bay – 1 (04)
    Carolina – 1 (06 – assholes)
    Anaheim – 1 (07)

    On one hand, it’s damn impressive what the Oilers have done in their 28 season history. But on the other hand, when you look at the drought since 1990 proportionally to the team’s existence and compare it to the current drought that the Leafs are in…..it could be viewed as worse in a sense.

    The Oilers still stand out on that “modern” list though – most Cups won by a non Original Six team is damn impressive no matter how you slice it.

  4. Doogie says:

    1927 is a good cutoff, since the NHL got full control of the Cup in 1926, but the first all-NHL champion is no longer with us, anyway (Ottawa Senators I).

    Besides, if you want to count the Arenas and St. Pats, why not the Blueshirts (’14)? Technically not the same franchise, but based on the history of the formation of the NHL, effectively the same.

  5. Lowetide says:

    The Oilers draft record from about 1984-1998 put them where they are post 1990. The Ryan Smyth draft was terrific but Bonsignore killed the momentum they should have managed from two high picks.

    If they continue to draft as they have since 2001 they should add to the total.

  6. Art Vandelay says:

    Detroit has absolutely dominated the Original 25 Era.

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