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The NHL started in 1969.

Calgary Flames v Los Angeles Kings Photo by Ken Levine/Getty Images

Fans apparently voted on a list of the Top 20 Greatest NHL Teams Of All-Time. I had no idea this was happening and I read every email that the NHL’s public relations department sends out, but apparently other people knew and we’re two rounds into voting and .... uh, here’s the list. It’s in reverse chronological order.

  • 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
  • 1969-70 Boston Bruins

Apparently there’s more voting that will narrow this down to a top 10 and a Greatest Ever Team OMG, but ... hahaha this list. I have thoughts.

  1. Everybody who voted on this was between the ages of 7 and 17 during the 1980s. I am convinced of this.
  2. THE 2016 PENGUINS? REALLY? What a coincidence that three of their four Cup teams made the list, it’s almost like Penguins fans didn’t vote for this thing at all.
  3. The 2009-10 Blackhawks team isn’t even the best Blackhawks team of this decade.
  4. The 1995-96 Red Wings won 62 games and aren’t on this list. 62-13-7. apparently this is only a list of Cup winners, which is even dumber than I originally thought
  5. It’s really amazing what recency bias can do to a list like this. You really think 10 of the league’s top 20 teams — over 100 years -- came in the last three decades? Come on.
  6. hahahah did the NHL start in 1969 or what

I don’t know. I have more to say but this is too stupid. Please make your own jokes in the comments.