Sports Franchises With The Most Consecutive Winning Seasons

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26. Pittsburgh Penguins
> Consecutive winning seasons: 15 seasons
> Seasons: 2006-07 to present
> Championships: 3 Stanley Cups
> Notable players: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang

The Pittsburgh Penguins are in the midst of a 15-year streak of winning seasons, one of just 26 such streaks in major American sports history. The Pens finished dead last in their division four times in a row in the early 2000s, but this futility moved them up in the draft order, allowing them to select superstars Evgeni Malkin second overall in 2004 and Sidney Crosby first overall in 2005. After Crosby’s rookie season, Pittsburgh has never had a losing season. They have made the playoffs each year and won three Stanley Cups in 2009, 2016, and 2017.

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25. San Jose Sharks
> Consecutive winning seasons: 15 seasons
> Seasons: 2003-2004 to 2018-2019
> Championships: None
> Notable players: Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton

The San Jose Sharks have been consistent contenders in their entire franchise history, making the playoffs 21 out of 29 seasons since the team formed in 1991. Not including the lockout-shortened 2012-2013 season, the Sharks won at least 40 games each season from the 2003-2004 season to the 2018-2019 campaign.

Unfortunately for Sharks fans, each postseason trip has ended in heartbreak, including their lone Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 2016, when they lost in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins. It seems as though the Sharks have missed their championship window. In the COVID-shortened 2019-2020 season, San Jose finished dead last in their division and finished with an even lower points percentage in the 2020-2021 season.

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24. Pittsburgh Pirates
> Consecutive winning seasons: 15 seasons
> Seasons: 1899 to 1913
> Championships: 1 World Series
> Notable players: Honus Wagner, Fred Clarke

One of the first powerhouse teams in American pro sports, the early 20th century Pittsburgh Pirates dominated baseball in an era when Major League Baseball and the National League were separate entities. As their run of success predates the World Series, the Honus Wagner-led Pirates had only a few chances to win the Fall Classic. The team won the 1909 World Series over Ty Cobb’s Detroit Tigers, after losing the 1903 World Series to the Boston Americans, who later became the Red Sox.

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23. Dallas Stars
> Consecutive winning seasons: 15 seasons
> Seasons: 1996-1997 to 2011-2012
> Championships: 1 Stanley Cup
> Notable players: Mike Modano, Sergei Zubov

The Dallas Stars struggled in the 1995-1996 season, missing the playoffs and replacing their coach midseason. New coach Ken Hitchcock proved to be the right pick, improving the team’s regular season performance each of the next three seasons, finally earning the 1999 Stanley Cup. Hitchcock and his successor Dave Tippett kept the Stars in consistent playoff contention, but that remains the only championship in franchise history. The Stars could always rely on Mike Modano, their superstar center who played in Dallas for 16 seasons and nearly all of the franchise’s consecutive winning season streak.

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22. Atlanta Braves
> Consecutive winning seasons: 15 seasons
> Seasons: 1991 to 2005
> Championships: 1 World Series
> Notable players: Greg Maddux, Chipper Jones

With Hall of Famers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz taking the hill, the Braves owned the NL East for over a decade. From 1991 to 2005, legendary manager Bobby Cox guided the team to 14 of 15 division titles, including 11 straight. Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz each won at least one Cy Young Award in that era. Though the Braves had 14 trips to the postseason, they could only win one World Series, in 1995.