Since the Stanley Cup was dedicated to NHL's top team in 1926, only seven franchises (Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins) have successfully defended their title and won the Stanley Cup in consecutive years.
The record for consecutive Stanley Cup wins by the same club is five (Montreal 1956-1957-1958-1969-1960) with two teams managing four straight wins (Montreal 1976-1977-1978-1979, New York Islanders 1980-1981-1982-1983), one team duplicating three year streaks (Toronto 1947-1948-1949 & 1962-1963-1964), and four squads posting one or more pairs (Detroit 1936-1937 & 1954-1955 & 1997-1998, Philadelphia 1974-1975, Edmonton 1984-1985 & 1987-1988, Pittsburgh 1991-1992).
The charts below describe these streaks by team, years, and vice versa.
|Montreal||1930-1931 (2), 1956-1957-1958-1959-1960 (5),|
|1965-1966 (2), 1968-1969 (2), 1976-1977-1978-1979 (4)|
|Detroit||1936-1937 (2), 1954-1955 (2), 1997-1998 (2)|
|Toronto||1947-1948-1949 (3), 1962-1963-1964 (3)|
|New York**||1980-1981-1982-1983 (4)|
|Edmonton||1984-1985 (2), 1987-1988 (2)|
** New York Islanders
Detroit was the last team to appear in consecutive Stanley Cup Finals (2008, 2009) when they rematched against Pittsburgh. Unfortunately for Detroit, they failed to defend their title. Fortunately for Pittsburgh, they spared themselves the shame of losing in consecutive Cup Finals.
With the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks being ousted last night by the St. Louis Blues in the preliminary round of this year's postseason, there will not be a repeat winner this year.
* See also NHL Consecutive Stanley Cup Losses.
* See also NHL Consecutive Stanley Cup Rematches.