NHL: 50 Best Teams in League History

December 21st, 2010 by Alan Bass Leave a reply »
I’ll warn you (and myself) right now—this is the type of article that will entitle me to all the hate mail and angry comments in the world. However, it’s both exciting and challenging to determine who the best teams in NHL history are. After all, there have been over 1,000 teams that have played a season in the NHL, starting in 1917, when the NHL was formed from the fledgling National Hockey Association. 

The criteria used to determine this list included, first and foremost, whether or not the team won the Stanley Cup at the end of the season. There have been numerous teams that “should” have won, but alas, failed to come away with that famous silver mug.

However, because there have been almost 100 Stanley Cup champions in NHL history, there must be other criteria as well. These include: how many Hall of Famers (and possible future Hall of Famers, in the author’s opinion) are on the team, their regular season record, how dominant their goalie was, how talented and experienced their front office and coaching staff were, in addition to other small factors (including individual awards, team awards, etc.).

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