Has this ever happened before? Nope.

The last five teams alive are also the last five cup winners:

And if the Blackhawks win tonight, it will be the last four cup-winners in the Conference Finals. Also, it guarantees that the 2013 Stanley Cup winner will be wearing black pants.

But, seriously, that’s unusual, isn’t it? Let’s look…

“Final four” by season:

  • 2012 — Kings, Coyotes, Devils, Rangers
  • 2011 — Bruins, Lightning, Canucks, Sharks
  • 2010 — Flyers, Canadiens, Blackhawks, Sharks
  • 2009 — Penguins, Hurricanes, Red Wings, Blackhawks
  • 2008 — Penguins, Flyers, Red Wings, Stars
  • 2007 — Senators, Sabres, Ducks, Red Wings
  • 2006 — Hurricanes, Sabres, Ducks, Oilers
  • 2004 — Lightning, Flyers, Flames, Sharks
  • 2003 — Devils, Senators, Ducks, Wild
  • 2002 — Hurricanes, Maple Leafs, Red Wings, Avalanche
  • 2001 — Devils, Penguins, Avalanche, Blues
  • 2000 — Devils, Flyers, Stars, Avalanche
  • 1999 — Sabres, Maple Leafs, Stars, Avalanche
  • 1998 — Capitals, Sabres, Red Wings, Stars
  • 1997 — Flyers, Rangers, Red Wings, Avalanche
  • 1996 — Panthers, Penguins, Avalanche, Red Wings
  • 1995 — Devils, Flyers, Red Wings, Blackhawks
  • 1994 — Rangers, Devils, Canucks, Maple Leafs
  • 1993 — Canadiens, Islanders, Kings, Maple Leafs
  • 1992 — Penguins, Bruins, Blackhawks, Oilers
  • 1991 — Penguins, Bruins, North Stars, Oilers
  • 1990 — Bruins, Capitals, Oilers, Blackhawks
  • 1989 — Canadiens, Flyers, Flames, Blackhawks
  • 1988 — Bruins, Devils, Oilers, Red Wings
  • 1987 — Flyers, Canadiens, Oilers, Red Wings
  • 1986 — Canadiens, Rangers, Flames, Blues
  • 1985 — Flyers, Nordiques, Oilers, Blackhawks
  • 1984 — Islanders, Canadiens, Oilers, North Stars
  • 1983 — Islanders, Bruins, Oilers, Blackhawks
  • 1982 — Islanders, Nordiques, Canucks, Blackhawks
  • 1981 — Islanders, Rangers, North Stars, Flames
  • 1980 — Islanders, Sabres, Flyers, North Stars
  • 1979 — Canadiens, Bruins, Rangers, Islanders
  • 1978 — Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Bruins, Flyers
  • 1977 — Canadiens, Islanders, Bruins, Flyers
  • 1976 — Canadiens, Islanders, Flyers, Bruins
  • 1975 — Flyers, Islanders, Sabres, Canadiens

Before that, there were only two divisions, no conferences.

  • 1974 — Flyers, Rangers, Bruins, Blackhawks
  • 1973 — Canadiens, Flyers, Blackhawks, Rangers
  • 1972 — Bruins, Blues, Rangers, Blackhawks
  • 1971 — Canadiens, North Stars, Blackhawks, Rangers
  • 1970 — Bruins, Blackhawks, Blues, Penguins
  • 1969 — Canadiens, Bruins, Blues, Kings (!)
  • 1968 — Canadiens, Blackhawks, Blues, North Stars

And before that, only six teams.

Out of all those seasons, I can only see four years where all four teams had ever won a cup before (1978, 1987, 1992, 2008, 2009), to say nothing of the immediately previous four years.

 
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