At the Washington Capitals' Stanley Cup parade in June, winger T.J. Oshie only had one thing on his mind for this year: "Back-to-back."
If the Capitals complete the daunting task of winning two Stanley Cup Finals in a row, it will be the first time a team has won back-to-back championships in any major sport with two different head coaches since the Pittsburgh Penguins did it in 1990-91 and 1991-92.
Of course this is a rarity. There are minute reasons to bring in a new head coach the year after a team wins a championship. For Pittsburgh in the early 90s, they had a new head coach due to the passing of Bob Johnson.
This past offseason, former assistant coach Todd Reirden was promoted to head coach after Barry Trotz resigned just a few weeks after winning the Stanley Cup. Trotz would go on to be the new head coach of the New York Islanders.
Should the Capitals go back-to-back with two head coaches, they would be the fourth team to accomplish the feat in NHL history. When Pittsburgh completed the task in 1990-92, they had Johnson and Scotty Bowman; the Montreal Canadians went back-to-back in 1967-68 and 1968-69 with Toe Blake and Claude Ruel, and the Detorit Red Wings did it a decade earlier with Tommy Ivan at the helm in 1953-54 and Jimmy Skinner in 1954-55.
Although it has occured thice in the NHL, this feat has been accomplished in hockey more than any other professional sport.
In the MLB, going back-to-back with two different managers has only happened twice. The Oakland Athletics did it with Dick Williams as manager in 1973 and Alvin Dark in 1974, and the New York Yankees did it a few years later with Billy Martin in 1977 and Bob Lemon in 1978.
The San Francisco 49ers are the only team in NFL history to accomplish such a feat, with legendary head coach Bill Walsh in 1988-89 and George Seifert in 1989-90.
Such an occurance has never occured in NBA history.
Again not a common feat in the top professional leagues, but after a 7-0 drubbing of the Boston Burins on opening night, why can't the Capitals join this list?
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