Since the Stanley Cup was first awarded to the NHL's best in 1926, only 10 times have the same two teams met in the Cup Final in consecutive years. Of those 10 meetings, the same team won both series 7 times and teams split 3 times. Put another way, the Cup champion has successfully defended its title in 7 of the 10 rematches (70%).
The chart below describes every consecutive Cup rematch by year.
|1932||Toronto over New York*|
|1933||New York* over Toronto|
|1948||Toronto over Detroit|
|1949||Toronto over Detroit|
|1954||Detroit over Montreal|
|1955||Detroit over Montreal|
|1957||Montreal over Boston|
|1958||Montreal over Boston|
|1959||Montreal over Toronto|
|1960||Montreal over Toronto|
|1963||Toronto over Detroit|
|1964||Toronto over Detroit|
|1968||Montreal over St. Louis|
|1969||Montreal over St. Louis|
|1977||Montreal over Boston|
|1978||Montreal over Boston|
|1983||New York** over Edmonton|
|1984||Edmonton over New York**|
|2008||Detroit over Pittsburgh|
|2009||Pittsburgh over Detroit|
* New York Rangers
** New York Islanders
Of the 9 teams (Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins) to compete in Stanley Cup Final rematches, all but two (Boston, St. Louis) have won at least one championship during a rematch series. Never have the same two teams met in more than two consecutive Stanley Cup Finals.
Though teams have enjoyed consecutive Stanley Cup wins (24 times) and suffered consecutive Stanley Cup losses (13 times) over the years, the rematch is a far rarer occurrence (10 times).
With Chicago losing in the preliminary round and Tampa Bay ousted in the conference final of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs, there will be no rematch of last year's finalists in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.
* See also NHL Consecutive Stanley Cup Wins.
* See also NHL Consecutive Stanley Cup Losses.