Rank 'Em: Most illustrious franchises

Created: May 13, 2010, 7:42 AM

Where do the Canadiens rank?

What are the most illustrious franchises in North American professional sports?

The Montreal Canadiens are playing the role of David in the NHL playoffs. The last team to qualify for the postseason, the Canadiens became the first team under the current playoff format to eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champions and the team that won the Presidents Trophy in back-to-back rounds when they took out the Penguins and Capitals, respectively. But no NHL team is more of a historical Goliath than Montreal, which owns 25 championships.

Every franchise has ups and downs, but which teams occupy the most illustrious place in the North American sporting landscape?


 
 
  • San Francisco 49ers
    5 championships
    1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1994
  • Chicago Bears
    9 Championships
    1921, 1932-33, 1940-41, 1943, 1946, 1963, 1985
  • Montreal Canadiens
    25 Championships
    1919, 1924-25, 1930-31, 1944, 1946, 1953, 1956-60, 1965-66, 1968-69, 1971, 1973, 1976-79, 1986, 1993
  • St. Louis Cardinals
    10 Championships
    1926, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1964, 1967, 1982, 2006
  • Boston Celtics
    17 Championships
    1957, 1959-66, 1968-69, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1986, 2008
  • Dallas Cowboys
    5 Championships
    1971, 1977, 1992-93, 1995
  • Chicago Cubs
    2 championships
    1907, 1908
  • Brooklyn/L.A. Dodgers
    6 Championships
    1955. 1959, 1963, 1965, 1981, 1988
  • New York Giants
    7 Championships
    1927, 1934, 1938, 1956, 1986, 1990, 2007
  • N.Y./San Francisco Giants
    5 Championships
    1905, 1921, 1922, 1933, 1954
  • New York Knicks
    2 championships
    1970, 1973
  • Los Angeles Lakers
    14 Championships
    1949-50, 1952-54, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987-88, 2000-02
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
    11 Championships
    1918, 1922, 1932, 1942, 1945, 1947-49, 1951, 1962-64, 1967
  • Green Bay Packers
    12 Championships
    1929-31, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961-62, 1965-67, 1996
  • Boston Red Sox
    7 Championships
    1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918, 2004, 2007
  • Detroit Red Wings
    11 Championships
    1936-37, 1943, 1950, 1952, 1954-55, 1997-98, 2002, 2008
  • Washington Redskins
    5 championships
    1937, 1942, 1982, 1987, 1991
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
    5 Championships
    1974-76, 1978-79, 2005, 2008
  • New York Yankees
    26 Championships
    1923, 1927-28, 1932, 1936-39, 1941, 1943, 1947, 1949-53, 1956, 1958, 1961-62, 1977-78, 1996, 1998-2000
  • Chicago Bulls
    6 championships
    1991-93, 1996-96

 



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