The 9 Greatest NHL Dynasties of All Time

greatest nhl dynasties

The Chicago Blackhawks’ win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday didn’t just give Chicago its third Stanley Cup in six seasons. It also has people wondering whether the Blackhawks are now a dynasty. 

So are the Chicago Blackhawks are a dynasty? Well, I’m not going to tiptoe around it. Hell yes they are. In fact, they’re not just dynasty. They’re one of the greatest NHL dynasties of all time.

Of course, there is no official definition of what it means to be a dynasty. Moreover, major historical developments like free agency, expansion, and the salary cap have made it much more difficult to compare NHL teams across eras.

That said, taking the evolution of the league into account, I do think it’s possible to come up with a reasonable starting point. So let’s go with this: in order for a team to be consider a dynasty, they need to (1) have won at least three Stanley Cups, (2) have done it with the same core of players,  and (3) have won at least two Cups in a span of three years.

Sound good? Then let’s take a stab at ranking the greatest NHL dynasties of all time to see where the current Blackhawks squad fits in…