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 which are the best teams in NHL history. 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 records, 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.).
Remember, this list is not the list. It is my list. Feel free to argue your points and tell me why your team is the greatest and the 1962-63 Toronto Maple Leafs don’t belong on this list (or something to that extent). And of course, I can’t wait to hear what names you call me when you think I’m wrong. It’s all part of the fun!
Alan Bass is a writer for The Hockey News and THN.com. In addition to writing for Inside Hockey and Pro Hockey News, he has also worked for the Philadelphia Flyers. He is the General Manager of the Muhlenberg College hockey team as well. You can contact him at Alanbasswriting@aol.com.