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Every Stanley Cup Champions Since 2000

By Dipak BK / 4 December 2023 04:20 AM

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There have been 23 Stanley Cup Champions since 2000. Vegas Golden Knights won the recent 2022-23 Stanley Cup title, defeating Florida Panthers.

The Stanley Cup is the oldest existing trophy in North American Professional Sports and is considered by many to be the "Holy Gail of Hockey". The Montreal Canadiens have the most Stanley Cup wins at 24.

The Vegas Golden Knights, who started play in the 2017-18 season, defeated the Florida Panthers 4-1 in the Finals. to clinch the 2023 Stanley Cup. The series-winning goal was scored by their former right forward, Reily Smith.

The team to begin the 21st Century by lifting Hockey's holy grail was the New Jersey Devils. They beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 in the 2000 Finals to win their second championship in franchise history.

2023 - Vegas Golden Knights

The 2023 Stanley Cup Finals were played between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Florida Panthers. VGK won the series 4-1.

The Vegas Golden Knights are the NHL's 31st expansion team, which had Gerard Gallant as their inaugural head coach. Gallant led the team to their first Stanley Cup Finals in their maiden season in the league, where they lost by 4-1 against the Capitals.

They were the first NHL expansion team to make the Finals in their inaugural season since the 1967-68 St. Louis Blues

Gallant won the Jack Adams for his work coaching the 2017/18 Golden Knights. He was sacked on January 15, 2020, after a four-game losing streak and replaced by former Sharks coach Peter DeBoer. 

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Last season was Vegas' second appearance at the Stanley Cup Finals. The team led by Bruce Cassidy finished first in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference with a regular season record of 52-22-9. 

After the regular season, the team began their playoffs with a 4-3 victory in the first round against the Jets. They then went on to defeat the Oilers and the Stars 4-2 in the second and third rounds respectively.

Cassidy had been hired by Vegas eight days after he was fired by the Bruins on June 6, 2022. He led the team to their first Stanley Cup Championship in his first season with the Golden Knights.

2022 - Colorado Avalanche 

Colorado Avalanche won the 2022 Stanley Cup by defeating Tampa Bay Lightning by 4-2 in the series.

Head Coach Jared Bednar, led the team to their third Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history. Defenseman, Cale Makar won the 2022 Conn Smythe as the MVP of the Series. 

The Avalanche finished the regular season with a 56-19-7 record finishing first place in the Division and the Western Conference. They began their playoffs by sweeping the Nashville Predators 4-0 in the first round. 

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Colorado Avalanche began the Finals series with a 4-3 win in the first game that went into overtime and shut out the Lightning 7-0 in the second game before losing 6-2 in the third game. They won game 4 with a final score of 3-2 and lost game 5 with a final score of 3-2. 

Game six ended with a final score of 2-1 with the series-winning goal credited to Arturri Lehkonen(12:28, Second period). Nathan Mackinnon had opened the board for the Avalanche with a goal at 1:54 in the second. 

2020 & 2021 Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup consecutively in 2020 and 2021 under the team's current head coach, John Cooper.

The 2020 Finals was the third appearance of the Lightning's third appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals. They had a record of 42-21-6 when the regular season was suspended on March 12, 2020, due to the global pandemic.

A 24-team playoff tournament was agreed to be held by the NHLPA and the NHL, which states that it would be held behind closed doors and the seeds would be selected based on the team's points percentage.

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After play was resumed, the Lightning defeated Colombus Blue Jackets and the Bruins with a 4-1 series victory in the first and the second round before defeating the NY Islanders 4-2 in the Conference Finals. 

Game 1 of the series against the Blue Jackets was recorded as the 4th longest game in NHL history.

The 2020 Finals against the Dallas Stars concluded in six games(4-1, 2-3, 2-5, 4-5,3-2,0-2) with the series winner scored by Brayden Point(12:2, P1, G6). Defenseman Victor Hedman was the MVP. 

Coming off their championship in 2020, the 2021 Lightning finished the regular season with a record of 36-17-3.

They defeated the Panthers with a  4-2 series victory in the first round, Carolina 4-1 in the second round, and the Islanders 4-3 to reach the finals for the fourth time.

The 2021 Finals against the Montreal Canadiens in 5 Games with a 4-1 series victory for the Lightning (1-5, 1-3, 3-6,3-2,0-1) with the series-winning goal scored by Ross Colton(13:27, P2, G5). Lightning Goalie,  Andrei Vasilevskiy was selected as the MVP.

2019 - St. Louis Blues 

The 2019 Stanley Cup Championship for the St. Louis Blues ended the then the third-longest championship drought in NHL history.  

2019, was the Blues' first Stanley Cup Finals appearance since their 1970 loss against the Boston Bruins.  They would go on to defeat the Bruins to grab their first championship and the only one so far in franchise history.

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They finished the regular season with a record of 45-28-9, finishing third in Central. They defeated the Jets 4-2 in the first round, the Stars in seven games in the second round, and the San Jose Sharks 4-2 in the conference finals to carve their path to the Stanley Cup Finals. 

In the finals, the Blues ended with a 4-3 series victory(2-4, 3-2, 2-7, 4-2, 2-1, 1-5, 4-1) over the Conference Champions Bruins. Blues'  forward Ryan O'Reilly was the MVP and the series winner was scored by Alex Pietrangelo (19:52, First, G7).

2018 - Washington Capitals 

The Washington Capitals won their first Stanley Cup in 2018, this was their second trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The team was led by their 17th coach Barry Trotz, the third coach in franchise history to win the Jack Adams with the team. 

They finished the regular season with a record of 49-26-7, finishing 1st in Metropolitan. They defeated the Blue Jackets 4-2 in the first round of the playoffs, the Penguins 4-2 in the second round, and the Lightning 4-3 in the Conference Finals.

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Capitals faced the Vegas Golden Knights in the Finals defeating them in 5 Games(4-6, 3-2, 3-1,6-2,4-3). This was the first season of playing in the NHL for the VGK.

The Capitals captain was Conn Smythe winner as the MVP, and the series-winning goal was scored by Lars Eller (12:23, third, G5). Ovechkin was also the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy winner in the 2017-18 regular season with 49 goals. 

2016 & 2017 Pittsburgh Penguins 

Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup Trophy back to back in 2016 and 2017 under head coach Mike Sullivan and captain Sydney Crosby. 

The 2016 Penguins began the season posting 15-10-3 after which the then-head coach Mike Johnston was fired 28 games into the season and replaced with Sullivan.

Under Sullivan, the Penguins went 33-16-5, finishing the regular season in second place in Metropolitan(48-26-8). 

They beat the NY Rangers in five games in the first round, the Capitals in six games, and Tampa Bay in seven games at the Conference finals. They faced the San Jose Sharks whom they defeated in six games (2-3, 1-2, 3-2, 1-3, 4-2, 1-3) with the series winner scored by Kris Letang (7:46, second, G6).

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The 2017 Penguins finished the regular season with a record of  50-21-11, as the second-place finishers in their division. They began there with a 5-game victory over Colombus in the first, 4-3 against the Capitals and the Senators in the second round and the Conference Finals respectively.

The Finals against the Predators ended in six games(3-5, 1-4, 5-1, 4-1, 0-6, 0-2) with the series winner scored by Patric Hornqvist (18:25, Third, G6).

Sydney Crosby was the 2016 and 2017 MVP as the third player in the NHL to win the Conn Smythe award back to back.

2015 - Chicago Blackhawks 

The Chicago Blackhawks were the 2015 Stanley Cup Champions adding their sixth title in franchise history.

The team was led by head coach Joel Quenneville, this was his third Cup with the team. 

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The team captained by Jonathan Toews finished the regular season in third place in Central with a regular season record of 48-28-6.

They began their playoffs with a 4-2 victory over the Predators in the first round, went on to sweep Minnesota 4-0 in the second, and beat the Ducks 4-3 in the Conference Finals.

The Finals for Chicago ended with a six-game(2-1, 3-4, 2-3, 2-1, 2-1, 2-0) series victory over the Lightning. The Series-winning goal was scored by MVP Duncan Keith (17:13, second, G6).

2014 - Los Angeles Kings 

The Los Angeles Kings won their second Stanley Cup in Franchise history in 2014 under head coach Darryl Sutter and captain Dustin Brown. 

The Kings finished the regular season in third place in the Pacific(46-28-8) to make the playoffs. In the playoffs, they defeated the Sharks, Ducks, and Blackhawks 4-3 in the first round, second round, and conference finals respectively. 

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In the Finals they defeated the NY Rangers 4 to 1 (2-3, 4-5, 0-3, 2-1, 2-3 ) in the 5-game series that went into double overtime in the second and the fifth games at the Staples Center.

Kings' Justin Williams won the conn smythe as the MVP and the series winner was scored by Alec Martinez (14:43, 2OT, G5).

2013 - Chicago Blackhawks 

The 2013 Stanley Cup Winners were the Chicago Blackhawks, the 5th Stanley Cup in franchise history, and the second under coach Joel Quenneville. 

The path to their twelfth finals appearance began after ending the regular season in first place in Western with a record of 36-7-5. There were 48 games played by the teams all within their conference due to the lockout. 

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The playoffs began with a first-round 4-1 victory over Minnesota followed by a 4-3 win over Detroit and a 4-1 win over last season's champion Kings in the Conference Finals. They went on to face the Bruins led by coach Claude Julien in the Finals.

The Finals against the Bruins ended with a six-game victory(3-4, 2-1, 2-0, 5-6, 1-3, 2-3) for the Blackhawks with the series winner scored by Dave Bolland (19:01, third, G6). Patrick Kane won the Conn Smythe that year as the MVP. 

2012 - Los Angeles Kings 

The Los Angeles Kings won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history in 2012 under head coach Darryl Sutter and captain Dustin Brown. 

Coach Sutter was a mid-season hire for the Kings after the team fired their former coach Terry Murray on December 20, 2011. John Stevens had served as the interim coach until Sutter's hiring on December 20, 2011. 

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This was the second time the Kings had made a trip to the Finals, their first one was in 1993 when they lost 4-1 against the Canadiens. The team qualified for the playoffs after finishing 8th in the Conference with a regular season record of 40-27-15. 

The Kings began their playoffs with a 5-game victory over the Canucks in the first, St. Louis Blues 4-0 in the second, and the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 in the conference finals.

They faced the Devils in the finals whom they beat in six games(2-1, 2-1, 4-0, 1-3, 1-2, 6-1) with the series winner scored by Jeff Carter (12:45, first, G6), Johnathan Quick won the Conn Smythe as the MVP.

2011 - Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins won their 6th Stanley Cup in franchise history in 2011 led by head coach Claude Julien and captain Zdeno Chara. 

The Bruins finished the regular season with a record of 46-25-11, third in the conference and first in the division. They defeated the Canadiens in seven games in the first before sweeping the Flyers in the second round, they won 4-3 against Tampa Bay at the Conference Finals. 

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The Finals was played between the Bruins and the Western Conference Champions Canucks which the Bruins won in seven games(0-1, 2-3, 8-1, 4-0, 0-1, 5-2, 4-0) with the series winner scored by Patrice Bergeron (14:37, first, G7).

Tim Thomas the 2011 Vezina trophy winner won the conn smythe as the MVP. This was the second Vezina won by the goalie with the Bruins, he won his first Vezina in 2009.

2010 - Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks won their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history in 2010. Joel Quenneville was the head coach for the team.

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The Blackhawks finished the regular season in second place in the conference with a record of 52-22-8.

They had a 4-2 victory over Nashville and Vancouver in the first and second rounds respectively before sweeping the Sharks in the Conference Finals to head to the Finals. 

The Finals against the Flyers was a 4-2 series victory(5-6, 1-2, 4-3, 5-3, 4-7, 3-4) for the Blackhawks with the Series winner scored by Patrick Kane (04:06, OT, G6). Jonathan Toews of the Blackhawks won the Conn Smythe as the playoffs MVP. 

2009 - Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins won the 2009 Stanley Cup Championships to grab their third Championship in team history.

The team led by Captain Sidney Crosby faced the Detroit Red Wings in the finals, the team they had lost 4-2 in the previous Stanley Cup Finals.

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The 2008-09 Penguins fired their then-head coach Michel Therrien after they went 27-25-5 under him, he was replaced by Dan Bylsma who was coaching their AHL affiliates. They finished the regular season in 4th in Eastern (45-28-9). 

The Penguins made their way to the Finals by defeating the Flyers 4-2 in the first round, the Capitals 4-3 in the second, and by sweeping Carolina in the Conference Finals.

The Penguins won the finals in seven games(1-3, 1-3, 4-2, 4-2, 0-5, 2-1, 2-1) against the Wings in which the series winner was scored by Maxime Talbot (10:07, second, G7), Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins won the Conn Smythe as the series MVP.

2008 - Detroit Red Wings 

The Detroit Red Wings won the 2008 Stanley Cup Championships, their 11th win in team history under Mike Babcock and captain Nicklas Lidstrom. 

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The Wings finished the regular season with a Presidents' Trophy win(54-21-7). The first round ended with Detroit beating Nashville 4-2, sweeping Colorado in the second round, and beating the Dallas Stars 4-2 in the conference finals to reach the Finals. 

The Finals against Pittsburgh was won in six games(0-4, 0-3, 3-2, 1-4, 4-3, 2-3) by Detroit with the series winner scored by Henrik Zetterberg (7:36, third, G6) who won the Conn Smythe as the playoffs MVP.

Game 5 of the Finals went into triple overtime, the Penguins were the first team in the modern era to have 3 OT power plays in the finals.

2007 - Anaheim Ducks

The  Anaheim Ducks won their first and only Stanley Cup in franchise history in 2007 under Randy Carlyle and captain Scott Neidermayer.

The Ducks finished the 2006-07 regular season in second place in Western(48-20-14). The team won 4-1 against Minnesota Wild and Vancouver in the first and second rounds respectively before defeating the WIngs 4-2 in the Conference Finals to face the Senators. 

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The 2007 Senators - Ducks Finals which ended with the Ducks winning the series in 5 games(2-3, 0-1, 5-3, 2-3, 2-6) was the first time two teams. The series winner was scored by Travis Moen (15:44, second) and Neidermayer won the Conn Smythe as the playoffs MVP. 

The 2007 Ducks squad had more Canadian players on the roster than the Canadian-based team Ottawa Senators. They were also the eleventh post-1967 expansion team to win the Stanley Cup and the first team out of California to achieve this feat. 

2006 - Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes won their first and only Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history in 2006 led by coach Peter Laviolette.

They won their second Prince of Wales Trophy as the Eastern Conference Champions, their first one was in 2001-02. 

The Canes finished the regular season in second place in the Conference(52-22-8). They reached the Finals by defeating Montreal 4-2 in the first round, the Devils 4-1 in the second, and Buffalo 4-3 in the Conference Finals. '

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They faced the Edmonton Oilers in the Finals, the oilers were the first team in NHL history to make the finals as the #8 seed. The Oilers have not won the Stanley Cup since 1990. 

The Hurricanes - Oilers Finals series(5-4, 5-0, 1-2, 2-1, 3-4, 0-4, 3-1) was won by the Canes in game seven with the series winner scored by Frantisek Kaberle (second, 15:42, G7). Cam War of the Canes won the Conn Smythe as the playoffs MVP. 

2004 -Tampa Bay Lightning 

The Tampa Bay Lightning won their first Stanley Cup in team history in 2004. The team was led by coach John Tortorella and captain Dave Andreychuk.

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The team finished the regular season in first place in the Eastern Conference with a regular season record of 46-22-8.

They made the Finals for the first time in team history by defeating the NY Islanders 4-1 in the first round, sweeping Montreal in the second round, and beating the Flyers 4-2 in the third round.

The Lightning won the Finals series in seven games(1-4, 4-1, 0-3, 1-0, 2-3, 3-2, 2-1)against the Calgary Flames with the series winner scored by Ruslan Fedotenko (14:38, second, G7).  
Brad Richards of the Lightning won the Conn Smythe as the playoffs MVP.

2003 - New Jersey Devils 

The New Jersey Devils won the 2003 Stanley Cup under head coach Pat Burns and captain Scott Stevens.

The Devils finished the regular season first in the Atlantic Division and second in the Eastern Conference(46-20-10).

They beat  Boston 4-1 in the first round, Tampa Bay 4-1in the second and the Senators 4-3 in the Conference Finals to make their way to the Finals to face Anaheim Ducks.

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This was the Ducks'(known then as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim) first finals run in franchise history.

The Devils - Mighty Ducks(3-0, 3-0, 2-3, 0-1, 6-3, 2-5, 3-0) series of the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals included the Devils shutout of the Ducks in games 1, 2 and 7. The series winner was scored by Michael Rupp (2:22, second, G7). 

Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Mighty Ducks was awarded the Conn Smythe as the playoffs MVP. This was the fifth time in NHL history(first since Ron Hexxtall with the Flyers in 1987) for the Conn Smythe to be awarded to a player with the losing team. 

2002 - Detroit Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings were the 2002 Stanley Cup Champions, under coach Scotty Bowman who had led them to back-to-back championships in '97 and '98.

The Wings were the first team in NHL history to win the Cup after losing the first two games of the playoffs at their home. This was the team's twenty-second trip to the Staley Cup Finals.

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Bowman's final season as a coach before retirement was 2002-03 with the Wings, the regular season ended with the team at the top of the Western Conference(51-17-10).

Their finals run began with a 4-2 victory over Vancouver in the first round followed by a 4-1 win over St. Louis and a 4-3 win over Colorado in the Conference Finals. 

The Red Wings - Hurricanes(2-3, 3-1, 3-2, 3-0, 3-1 ) Finals series was wrapped up in 5 games, the series went into triple over time in the third game.

The series winner was scored by Brendan Shanahan (14:04, second, G5), and Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom won the Conn Smythe as the playoffs MVP.

2001 - Colorado Avalance

The Colorado Avalanche won their second Stanley Cup in team history in 2002, defeating the defending champions Devils 4-2 in the Finals series.

Head coach Bob Hartley and captain Joe Sakic were leading the team in 2002.

The Avalanche defeated the Canucks 4-0 in the first round, the LA Kings 4-3 in the second round and the St. Louis Blues 4-1 in the Conference Finals to reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2001.

The Avs had begun their playoffs as the President's Trophy and the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl winners after finishing the regular season with a 52-16-10 record. 

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The Avs - Devils (5-0, 1-2, 3-1, 2-3, 1-4, 4-0, 3-1) finals were decided in the seventh game, the first Finals to require a seventh game since 1994.

The Devils were known as the Colorado Rockies from 1976-1982 which meant this was the only instance in NHL history where two teams served the same market at different times and faced each other in the Finals. 

Patrick Roy won the Conn Smythe as the playoff MVP. Alex Tanguay of the Avs had the series winner in the second period of game seven at 4:57. 

2000 - New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Devils began the 21st Century with the Stanley Cup Championship in 2000, their second Stanley Cup title.

The team fired Robbie Ftorek on March 23, 2000, after complaints from the players. Larry Robinson, who served as the assistant coach, was tapped as the interim coach for the team. 

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The Devils made the playoffs after finishing in 4th place in the Eastern Conference with a regular season record of 45-24-8.

They began the playoffs sweeping Florida and then beat the Maple Leafs 4-2 in the second round and the Flyers 4-3 in the Conference Finals.

The Devils - Stars Final(7-3, 1-2, 2-1, 3-1, 0-1, 2-1) Series was decided in double overtime in the sixth game, with the series winner scored by Jason Arnott (8:20, second OT, G6). Devils' Scott Stevens won the Conn Smythe as the playoffs MVP.

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