Winning the Stanley Cup is the all the more special for non-Canadian players when they can share the experience with teammates who share their background. Here's a look at some Cup winners that featured teammates who had such bonds. In chronological order:

1938 Black Hawks

Chicago owner Fred McLaughlin never reached his goal of winning the Stanley Cup with only American players, but this team featured eight of them, which is still a record. Carl Voss of Massachusetts (left, pictured with Minneapolis native Cully Dahlstrom) scored the Cup-clinching goal in Game 4 of the finals against Toronto. Bill Stewart became the first American coach to win a Stanley Cup, and it didn't happen again until 1991 with Bob Johnson and the Penguins. Stewart was also an MLB umpire who worked the 1951 National League playoff series between the Dodgers and Giants.

1980-83 Islanders

The 1980 Islanders were the first Stanley Cup champions to include European players with defenseman Stefan Persson and winger Anders Kallur of Sweden. This was the first of four consecutive Cups for the Islanders, and they added two more Swedes, defenseman Tomas Jonsson in 1982 and winger Mats Hallin in 1983, as part of the run. Bonus trivia: Bob Nystrom (pictured), who bagged the 1980 Cup-winning goal in overtime against the Flyers, was born in Sweden but moved to Canada when he was 4.

1987, 1990 Oilers

In 1984, Jari Kurri became the first Finn to win a Stanley Cup. The Oilers had a second Finn, Esa Tikkanen, when they repeated as champs in 1985. The Oilers posted the FInnish hat trick by adding defenseman Reijo Ruotsalainen to the mix for their Cup teams in 1987 and 1990. The interesting wrinkle about Ruotsalainen was that he took a detour between Cups to play for a Swedish team, a Swiss team and the New Jersey Devils. The Oilers re-acquired him a trade with the Devils late in 1990 season.

1994 Rangers

There was no shortage of storylines for the 1994 Rangers. This was their first Cup since 1940. Coach Mike Keenan, after falling short in the finals twice with the Flyers and once with the Blackhawks, won what ended up being the only Cup of his career. And American defenseman Brian Leetch became the first non-Canadian to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. So it is sometimes overlooked that this was the first Cup champion to have Russians on the roster: Winger Alexei Kovalev (pictured), center Sergei Nemchinov and defensemen Sergei Zubov and Alexander Karpovtsev.

1997 Red Wings

Coach Scotty Bowman deployed The Russian Five as a single unit and allowed them to play the style that had grown up learning. It featured Slava Fetisov and Vladimir Konstantinov on defense with Igor Larionov, Sergei Fedorov and Slava Kozlov as the forwards. With deft puck control and a great understanding of where their teammates were -- and would be going -- on the ice, the Russian Five dazzled fans and befuddled opponents. But after winning the Cup, Konstantinov suffered career-ending injuries when his limo driver hit a tree.

2008 Red Wings

This team featured seven Swedes, including Nicklas Lidstrom who became the first European captain of a Stanley Cup champion. Henrik Zetterberg became the second European to win the Conn Smythe, following Lidstrom's precedent in 2002. The Red Wings have credited the sharp eye of their Sweden-based director of European scouting, Hakan Andersson, for helping them reel in this talent. In addition to Lidstrom and Zetterberg, the Wings drafted Niklas Kronwall, Tomas Holmstrom and Johan Franzen. The two other Swedes, Mikael Samuelsson and Andreas Lilja were signed as free agents.

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When you win the World Series, you will always have a special bond with your teammates. But how about winning it again for a different team with but the same teammate? That takes it to a different level. Here are some notable examples, in chronological order:

Babe Ruth And Co.

Red Sox, Yankees. The selling of Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees is a huge part of baseball lore. But Ruth was just the centerpiece in a series of deals between them as Boston stripped down its championship teams of 1915, 1916 and 1918. In addition to Ruth, the Yankees imported pitchers Herb Pennock, Carl Mays, Sam Jones and Joe Bush, catcher Wally Schang, shortstop Everett Scott and infielder Mike McNally. With Ruth anchoring the operation, the Yankees won the World Series in 1923, 1927, 1928 and 1932. (Schang and Bush also won together with the 1913 Athletics.)

Catfish Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Ken Holtzman

Athletics, Yankees. They won three consecutive World Series with the A's (1972, 1973, 1974), and then separately ended up in the Bronx. Hunter and Jackson scored big deals as George Steinbrenner was quick to capitalize on the new concept of free agency. Holtzman, whom the Yankees acquired in a multi-player trade with the Orioles, pitched during the regular season in 1977 when the Yankees won their first title in 15 years. But Holtzman did not appear in the playoffs because of friction with Steinbrenner and was traded midway through the 1978 season when the Yankees went on to repeat as champs.

Lonnie Smith, Dane Iorg

Cardinals, Royals Both players are also answers to other interesting trivia questions. In addition the 1982 Cardinals and the 1985 Royals, Smith won a World Series with the 1980 Phillies, which puts him on the short list of players with three titles on three teams. Iorg had the winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth in Game 6 of the 1985 World Series, which is more memorable for umpire Don Denkinger's blown call to open the inning.

Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry

Mets, Yankees. The twist here is that Gooden and Strawberry were supposed to be the faces of the franchise that delivered multiple titles for the Mets but they managed just one in 1986. Then as role players, they ended up with more rings from the Yankees. They were together on the 1996 team that beat the Braves in the World Series. Gooden didn't pitch in the playoffs but went 11-7 in the regular season, including the only no-hitter of his career. Strawberry was also on the title teams in 1998 (although he missed the playoffs because of cancer) and 1999, his final MLB season. Gooden ended his career with the Yanks as well, returning for spot duty in 2000.

Rickey Henderson, Dave Stewart

Athletics, Blue Jays. After being part of the Oakland powerhouse that won three consecutive American League titles and the 1989 World Series, Henderson and Stewart both moved to Toronto in 1993 but in separate transactions. Stewart signed as a free agent before the season. Henderson joined the Blue Jays in a deal at the trade deadline. They helped Toronto repeat as World Series champs. Both returned to Oakland with Henderson jumping back as a free agent shortly after the 1993 World Series while Stewart stayed in Toronto for one more season before wrapping up his career in a victory-lap season for the A's in 1995.

Paul O'Neill, Mariano Duncan

Reds, Yankees. O'Neill has become a Yankee icon after being a core player in the run of four World Series titles in five seasons (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000) while continuing to serve the club as a broadcaster. (His cameo as himself on "Seinfeld" didn't hurt either.) Duncan lasted less than two seasons with the Yankees, playing on the 1996 title team. But he left his mark on the franchise as Yankees fans are still citing his quote before Game 6 of the World Series that year: "We play today, we win today ... Das it."

Chuck Knoblauch, Chili Davis

Twins, Yankees. In addition to winning three rings together (1991 with the Twins, 1998 and 1999 with the Yanks), Knoblauch and Davis shared a struggle with defense. Knoblauch won a Gold Glove at second base in 1997 but two years later, he was having major issues just throwing the ball to first. He ended his career in the outfield. Davis was never much of an outfielder in the first place and transitioned to being a full-time DH midway through his career.

Devon White, Al Leiter

Blue Jays, Marlins. The contrast between their experiences with Toronto and Florida was startling. The Blue Jays won the World Series in 1992 and 1993, becoming the first team to repeat as champions in 15 years. The Marlins won the World Series in 1997 and promptly dumped most of their best players, including White and Leiter, and finished with the worst record in baseball, 54-108, in 1998.

David Wells, David Cone

Blue Jays, Yankees. Cone and Wells both left Toronto as free agents after winning the 1992 World Series, but neither went directly to New York. Cone signed with his hometown Royals, and Wells went to Detroit. Wells earned his second ring with the Yankees in 1998 when he also pitched a perfect game in May against Minnesota. Cone threw a perfect game the next season, but Wells was no longer a teammate after the Yankees had packaged him to Blue Jays in a deal for Roger Clemens.

David Justice, Luis Polonia

Braves, Yankees. Justice's home run gave the Braves a 1-0 win over the Indians in Game 6 to clinch the 1995 World Series. Polonia, a late addition from the Yankees, had 4 RBIs in the series after producing just two in 28 regular-season games with Atlanta. In 2000 both were late-season pickups for the Yankees. Polonia was along for the ride as a pinch-hitter, but Justice was MVP of the ALCS against Seattle with 8 RBIs in six games.

Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell

Marlins, Red Sox. It is just one entry, but this tandem provides a significant counterweight to the heavy Yankee presence on this list. Lowell and Beckett helped the Marlins beat the Yankees in the 2003 World Series. Beckett closed it out by blanking the Bombers in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees didn't get back to the Series until 2009. In the meantime, the Red Sox picked Lowell and Beckett in a trade for Hanley Ramirez and won the 2007 World Series. Lowell, who started his career with the Yanks, was the Series MVP.

Juan Uribe, Aaron Rowand

White Sox, Giants. Call them the Drought Busters. Uribe and Rowland were part of the 2005 White Sox and the 2010 Giants championships. The White Sox hadn't won the World Series since 1917. The Giants' last title was in 1954 when the franchise was still in New York. What are the odds that two players could be involved in the same parlay? Uribe recorded the final out of the 2005 Series on a groundout and hit a three-run homer in Game 1 of the 2010 Series. Perhaps the Cubs and Indians should consider another Uribe-Rowand reunion.

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Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh might be the NBA's hottest 1-2-3 combination, but they need to win a championship to be considered one of the greatest all-time trios. To qualify for this list, a group must have won at least two championships, which leaves out some terrific trios such as Julius Erving-Moses Malone-Maurice Cheeks for the 76ers and Wilt Chamberlain-Jerry West-Gail Goodrich for the Lakers. In chronological order:

Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn

The Celtics won six titles with this core group, and they continued winning with Russell anchoring the franchise, even after Cousy and Heinsohn retired. The dynamics of the league evolved greatly since the early 60's, but it is difficult to ignore three Hall-of-Famers (comprising the right half of this photo) playing together in their prime.

Dave DeBusschere, Walt Frazier, Willis Reed

These three Hall-of-Famers (who are joined in this photo by Dick Barnett on the left and Bill Bradley in the middle) took the Knicks to three finals appearances in four seasons with championships in 1970 and 1973. Another Hall of Famer, Earl Monroe, joined them on the second title team, showing how a collection of stars could share the ball and win.

Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish

The Celtics won three titles and went to five finals with this Big Three. One of Red Auerbach's legendary moves was trading the first overall pick in the 1980 draft to the Warriors (who took Joe Barry Carroll) for Parish and the third overall pick, which the Celtics used to snag McHale.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy

The Lakers had already won two titles with Kareem and Magic before they drafted Worthy. But his addition helped them secure three more rings, and in 1988, the Lakers became the first repeat champion since Bill Russell's Celtics on the 60's.

Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman

Rodman replaced Horace Grant at power forward in the Bulls' second set of three-peats. They played together for three seasons and won three titles. Their 72-10 regular-season record in 1995-96 remains the best of all-time.

Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Derek Fisher

No question that Fisher is several notches down in the pecking order compared to some of the all-time legends cited here. But the Lakers probably don't pull off their three-peat without his ability to make big shots when all the chips are on the table.

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili

The Spurs were never the sexiest team in the league, but they were brutally efficient while parlaying sound fundamentals into three championships. Duncan had a previous title, tag-teaming with David Robinson.

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