Ice hockey is considered one of the most popular sports in Europe, Canada, and the northern regions of America. Ice hockey is regarded as the national winter sport within the borders of Canada and is also incredibly popular within the country. In Canada and the United States, you will notice that the NHL (National Hockey League) is regarded as the top professional hockey league.
The winner of the NHL playoffs is crowned the Stanley Cup which is the oldest trophy in existence to be awarded to a professional sports franchise. Lord Stanley of Preston in 1892 donated the cup. The trophy has been claimed 100 times by a total of 23 different ice hockey clubs, 18 of which are active, while 5 of them have been defunct since the 1914/15 season. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best ice hockey teams in the world.
This is the most successful hockey team in the entire NHL as they have won the league a record 25 times since their inception in 1917. The Montreal Canadiens have also managed to win the Stanley Cup a total of 24 times. They have also managed to make the finals on ten additional occasions. When you look at the four major professional sports leagues in Canada and the United States, you will notice that the Montreal Canadiens are the second most successful team after the MLB’s New York Yankees. The ice hockey team also boasts with the longest successive winning streak when they claimed the Stanley Cup trophy five times from 1955 to 1960.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The second most successful team when it comes to professional ice hockey is undoubtedly the Toronto Maple Leafs. This team has managed to win the Stanley Cup a total of 13 times. The group first claimed the championship back in 1932 and managed to enjoy loads of success during the 1945 season and the 1951 season where they won the cup 5 times in only seven seasons. The last time the Toronto Maple Leafs claimed the cup was back in 1967. The team has gone 49 seasons without going to a championship final which is considered the most extended period without a victory in NHL history.
Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings are regarded as the third most successful ice hockey team in the world and won the Stanley Cup a total of 11 times. This hockey team based in Detroit is the most successful team in the US as they have managed to earn more cups than any other NHL franchise in America. Even though the franchise was only established in 1926, it took a mere ten years for the team to win the Stanley Cup where they also managed to retain the trophy the following season. The team’s most recent victory occurred in 2008 when they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, in 2009, the Pittsburgh Penguins got revenge by defeating Detroit in the finals.