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NHL Unveils Top 20 Greatest NHL Teams, As Voted By Fans

Top 20 Voting Now Open; Fans to Determine the NHL's Greatest Stanley Cup® Championship Team

by NHL PR @NHL / Media Release

NEW YORK / TORONTO (May 18, 2017) - Following two rounds of voting, the National Hockey League today unveiled the Top 20 teams remaining in the Greatest NHL® Teams. An interactive digital and mobile program that is part of the League's Centennial celebration, the Greatest NHL Teams features all of the NHL's 96 Stanley Cup® winners since the League's inaugural season in 1917-18 competing head-to-head, with fans determining the NHL's Greatest Stanley Cup® Championship Team of all-time. 

Twenty teams remain from the original list of the NHL's 96 Stanley Cup® champions, and the third and final round of voting starts today at Voting officially closes on Thursday, May 25, and the Top 10 will be announced during the 2017 Stanley Cup® Final, with the Greatest NHL Team unveiled during Game Four of the 2017 Stanley Cup® Final. 

The Top 20 Greatest NHL Teams (in reverse chronological order), as voted by the fans, are as follows: 

  • 2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins 
  • 2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks 
  • 2001-02 Detroit Red Wings 
  • 2000-01 Colorado Avalanche 
  • 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings 
  • 1993-94 New York Rangers 
  • 1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins 
  • 1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins 
  • 1988-89 Calgary Flames 
  • 1987-88 Edmonton Oilers 
  • 1986-87 Edmonton Oilers 
  • 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers 
  • 1983-84 Edmonton Oilers 
  • 1982-83 New York Islanders 
  • 1981-82 New York Islanders 
  • 1979-80 New York Islanders 
  • 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens 
  • 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens 
  • 1975-76 Montreal Canadiens 
  • 1969-1970 Boston Bruins 

Sponsored by SAP in the U.S. and Honda in Canada, the Greatest NHL Teams site includes an interactive gallery page of each of the NHL's 96 Stanley Cup® Championship teams, featuring team and player information as well as stunning, never-before-published images, in conjunction with the Hockey Hall of Fame. 

To help choose the best champion in league history, SAP is taking fans beyond the box score through an integration on the team pages at that offers game level statistics for every player and every Stanley Cup® Playoffs game during their championship runs. 

In addition, for the first time, is delivering stats from every Stanley Cup® Playoffs game in history leveraging SAP's best-in-class cloud database - SAP HANA. This marks the first phase of an unprecedented project in which, as part of its Centennial, the NHL is digitizing its entire statistics and information history, providing fans unprecedented access to historic game sheets, data, box scores, stats, game logs and League documents dating back to 1917. The entire library of NHL historical stats and data, inclusive of every regular season game in history, will be available in Fall 2017. 

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