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NHL has parity like no other league - 04-26-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

With the Boston Bruins' season coming to an end last night, there will once again be a different Stanley Cup champion. The NHL has not had a repeat winner since the Red Wings pulled off the trick in 1997 and 1998.

While parity was present in the NHL prior 2004-05 lockout which brought a salary cap, the advent of the cap has only increased it unlike any of the other major sports leagues in North America.

In the six full seasons since the lockout, the NHL has had six different champions. The NFL, NBA and Major League Basebacll have each had at one two-time champion since that span

Over the past six full seasons for each sports league, the NHL has had the most teams appear in a championship final/game:

League
(Different teams)
Teams Appearances
NHL (10)
Penguins
Red Wings
Blackhawks
Bruins
Canucks
Ducks
Flyers
Hurricanes
Oilers
Senators
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
MLB (9)
Cardinals
Phillies
Rangers
Giants
Rays
Red Sox
Rockies
Tigers
Yankees
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
NFL (8)
Colts
Giants
Patriots
Steelers
Bears
Cardinals
Packers
Saints
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
NBA (7)
Lakers
Celtics
Heat
Mavericks
Cavaliers
Magic
Spurs
3
2
2
2
1
1
1

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