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In the past 20 years, there has been considerable talk about whether certain teams are a “dynasty”. When they raised the Stanley Cup this week, the Chicago Blackhawks made a definitive case to be the NHL’s first dynasty since their rival Detroit Red Wings squad had a similar run in the late 90s / early 2000s.

Three Stanley Cups in six years.

Let that sink in.

Here in Washington, there’s tons of talk about Ovechkin, Backstrom and Green being a talented young group, a core that that Capitals should be able to put a championship team around. They’ve yet to even make it to the Conference Finals.

How did they do it?

Patrick Kane.

Jonathan Toews.

Duncan Keith.

Patrick Sharp.

Corey Crawford.

One hell of a core group of players to build around. The stability doesn’t end there, though. Their front office includes General Manager Stan Bowman, who has had the helm through the duration of the dynasty. His father? You might’ve heard of him. Scotty Bowman. Somehow the Hall Of Famer was coaxed to join the Blackhawks organization as Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations. That probably helps a bit, too.

Head Coach Joel Quenneville has also been a point of stability, manning the bench in Chicago since the 2008 season. Perhaps that’s the biggest difference between the Blackhawks and other young, talented teams like the Capitals. Since Quenneville took over as head coach, Washington has employed Bruce Boudreau, Dale Hunter, Adam Oates and Barry Trotz.

They may not be as dominant as Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls teams, but the Windy City should be just as proud of this accomplishment.

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