Stanley Cup Final Sweeps

Stanley Cup Final SweepsThere have been 20 sweeps in Stanley Cup final history, by nine different teams.

Tonight, the Los Angeles Kings try to become the tenth team to do it, while winning their first Stanley Cup. Here are the previous 20 times it's been done since the 7-game format came into effect in 1938-39.

YEAR WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM
1998Detroit Red WingsWashington Capitals
1997Detroit Red WingsPhiladelphia Flyers
1996Colorado AvalancheFlorida Panthers
1995New Jersey DevilsDetroit Red Wings
1992Pittsburgh PenguinsChicago Blackhawks
1988Edmonton OilersBoston Bruins
1983New York IslandersEdmonton Oilers
1982New York IslandersVancouver Canucks
1977Montreal CanadiensBoston Bruins
1976Montreal CanadiensPhiladelphia Flyers
1970Boston BruinsSt. Louis Blues
1969Montreal CanadiensSt. Louis Blues
1968Montreal CanadiensSt. Louis Blues
1960Montreal CanadiensToronto Maple Leafs
1952Detroit Red WingsMontreal Canadiens
1949Toronto Maple LeafsDetroit Red Wings
1948Toronto Maple LeafsDetroit Red Wings
1944Montreal CanadiensChicago Black Hawks
1943Detroit Red WingsBoston Bruins
1941Boston BruinsDetroit Red Wings

Win it for Marcel, Kings.

marcel


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andrew

Could also be Calder Cup Sweeps this year for the Marlies down 2-0 in the final.

June 6, 2012 @ 8:27 PM

Rosie

Go Devils! Never say die!

June 6, 2012 @ 10:01 PM

McNulty

Way to go, jinxy.

June 7, 2012 @ 7:52 AM

elvis

St. Louis sticks out on this list as the best team to never win a Cup. Really though? Three consecutive years in the final and they never won one game?!

June 7, 2012 @ 8:12 AM

519Rob

@Elvis
If my hockey history is clear, when the league expanded in 67, they had 2 divisions - the original 6, and then the other 6 new teams (Minny, Philly, Pitt. Stl, Calif, LA).
So, one of those (and lets be honest) lame duck teams were going to make it to the finals. St Louis was just the best of 6 bad teams.

June 7, 2012 @ 9:26 AM

Dave Williams

Even more interesting is that the list is dominated by the Montreal Canadiens.

June 7, 2012 @ 9:29 AM

519 Rob

Someone from The Hockey News had a cool idea a few years ago.
Instead of Bettman giving the cup to the winning team / captain, and listening to the Boos as he gets up there, the winning team chooses a 'presenter'.
The idea is that they can go into the history of their team, and find a worthy person to present the cup.
Can you imagine if the Kings pick Dionne, who was a total pro on a lot of BAD Kings teams to hand them the cup. What an image that could be!
And think about it for other teams...
Gretzky to the Oilers
Howe/Lindsay to the Wings
Bower to the Leafs

It does present a potential problem to 'younger' franchises (who would you use for Columbus or Nashville?).

I think it is a pretty awesome idea.

June 7, 2012 @ 9:30 AM

A.R.

519 Rob--For Toronto, it would be difficult to choose a presenter because there have been so many great Leafs who were amazing but never got the chance to hoist the cup.

June 7, 2012 @ 9:47 PM

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