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.
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.