By Mark Maxwell
Winning two Stanley Cups in four seasons is quite an accomplishment. Should the Blackhawks repeat this year, Pat Foley says they would be the closest thing to a dynasty the NHL will ever see in a salary cap era.
Many young Blackhawks fans may be too young to remember the last true dynasty in the NHL. From 1984-1990, Wayne Gretzky's Edmonton Oilers won 5 Stanley Cup Championships in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1990. Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri and Paul Coffey came together to orchestrate one of the most beautiful works of art ever seen on ice. During the 1980's, Gretzky scored over 200 points in 4 seasons. He is the only player to ever break the 200 point mark in a season. Mario Lemieux came the closest, recording 199 points in the 1988-89 season. Kids, for a little context, Sidney Crosby recorded his highest point total in 2006-07 when he scored 120 points. Alexander Ovechkin tallied 112 points in the following season.
So when Pat Foley says we will never again see a dynasty of that proportion, he's probably right. But this Blackhawks team is the most exciting team in the league and they still have a very promising future ahead.