The season hasn't begun yet and already Chicago media types are talking "dynasty" about their Blackhawks.
Frankly, I don't blame them.
The Rocky Wirtz-Stan Bowman-Joel Quenneville combo has developed an impressive team and their most recent pair of Stanley Cups underline the point.
But I suggest caution when throwing around the "dynasty" because those seven little letters refer to only the very, very special hockey teams.
And since neither the National Hockey League rule book nor its record book nor its Constitution alludes to "dynasty" a definition of that term vis-a-vis hockey is in order.
So without further ado, I'll give you the proper explanation of "dynasty" a la NHL and why the Blackhawks have a long way to go.
The first "dynasty" in league history belonged to the Toronto Maple Leafs because Conn Smythe's sextet won three straight Stanley Cups -- 1947, 1948 and 1949. The Leafs added another in 1951 which gave them four Cups in five years.
By dint of the fact that Toronto took three consecutive championships qualified it as a legit "dynasty."
Others were to follow. Toe Blake's Montreal Canadiens won five straight Cups from 1956 through 1960. The Habs under Scotty Bowman made it four in a row from 1976 through 1979 whereupon the Islanders pulled off a feat that's never been matched -- and never will.
Not only did the Isles win four Cups in a row -- the only American team ever to do so -- but the Bill Torrey-Al Arbour outfit won 19 consecutive playoff rounds between 1980 and 1984.
Despite the Wayne Gretzky heroics the Edmonton Oilers never won three Cups in a row and therefore do not qualify as a dynasty.
Thus, a distinction must be made between very good championship teams such as the recent Boston Bruins Cup-winners and earlier Steve Yzerman-generated Detroit Red Wings, among other quality outfits.
No question, the current Champs deserve full measure for their efforts under captain, #19 Jonathan Toews.
But, fair is fair, and until the Blackhawks can put two more back-to-back Cups away, they will not qualify as a "dynasty."
At least not by my hockey measuring stick.
P.S. It's not curved either!