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March of The Penguins

A dynasty is an entity of greatness. The 84’ Oilers, 90’s Bulls, and late 90’s Yankees, all shined in some of the most exceptional seasons the big leagues have seen to date. Each of those teams, just to name of few, were some of the most successful dynasties ever to grace to the world of sports. Success resonates with the fact that they each won consecutive championships. Whether that was two, three or SIX in a span of eight years (Jordan’s Bulls), success measures greatness. By contrasting these two factors together, an identifiable dynasty is born.

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Most fans think that when their team wins a championship they are automatically a dynasty… ha! classic. In reality, analytics would beg to differ. A dynasty in the world of sport is respectively a team or individual that continues to be dominant in the league for an extended period of team. Today, aside from the Dubs in Golden State [who will continue to own the NBA’s #1 seed], which teams in sport can be considered a dynasty? The only team that comes to mind on a serious note is the Pittsburgh Penguins.

2005 was the rebirth of the Pens thanks to “the next great one”, Sidney Crosby. Sid was drafted 1st overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and has dominated the league ever since. Lemieux was on his way out during Crosby’s rookie year so it only made sense to begin a rebuild. The core of Sid The Kid and other draftees Evgeni Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury, allowed the Penguins organization to plan and shape an unbreakable team for the future. Over the course of the past 11 years, Pittsburgh has been a Stanley Cup contending team. Since the 06-07 season, Crosby and the Pens have appeared in every postseason and 4 Stanley Cup finals. They have hoisted the cup in 3 out of those 4 finals appearances with the two most recent occasions being back-to-back. So the question arises, are the Pittsburgh Penguins a dynasty?

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Mike Sullivan took matters into his own hands in December of 2015 by signing on as head coach of the team. Sullivan has been a key factor in leading the team to back-to-back Stanley Cups due to his coaching style. As opposed to most coaches who demand trades when the team is not clicking, Sully wanted to nurture. The rosters on the 2015-2016 and the 2016-2017 championship Pens only had 3 or 4 differences between each other. Other than the addition of rookie Jake Guentzel (who led the team in playoff goals this following season), only a few other players left or came here and there. In saying this, it shows how the Penguins leadership decided to keep the core intact to see if another run at the cup could be conquered, and it was.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are now a dynasty. The team has been utterly successful over the course of the past decade, and are truly starting to shine their brightest in recent years. Crosby and friends are favoured to win Lord Stanley again this upcoming season. If the Pens are able to three-peat a Stanley Cup championship, call it a night. It would be the icing on the cake and the true embezzlement of a dynasty.

The notion of having your team’s name carved on Lord Stanley for three straight years is something out of a novel. Fans are witnessing history before their eyes. In June of 2018, the world is in for a sweet treat. A 3-peat for Pittsburgh would make them the first team in the NHL to do so since the 83’ Islanders who actually had a whopping 4-peat.

Brace yourself, the March of the Penguins is about to commence.

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