What is a four-peat in sports?

Winning a championship four times in a row

A four-peat (or "fourpeat") is when a team wins a championship four consecutive times. For example, the New York Islanders achieved a four-peat in the 1980s when they won the NHL championship (Stanley Cup) from 1980 to 83. Four-peat is an extension of the three-peat term made famous by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s.

People often refer to championships a player or team has won four times in a row as a four-peat. However, a four-peat may also be achieving other impressive types of victories four times in a row, such as earning the MVP trophy, winning an MLB division four times in a row, or beating your father-in-law in Cribbage four times in a row. You will likely see sports fans and analysts use four-peat in major sports leagues, such as the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA.

Four-peat examples in sports

Some examples of individual and team four-peats in sports:

  • Rafael Nadal (French Open - Tennis) - 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020
  • New York Islanders (NHL) - 1980, 1981, 1982, and 1983
  • Lewis Hamilton (Formula One World Championship) - 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020
  • New York Yankees (MLB) - 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, and 1953 (five-peat)
  • Cleveland Browns (AAFC Championship) - 1946, 1947, 1948, and 1949


I don't think we'll ever see a four-peat in major league team sports again
Agreed. It's just too hard to keep a championship-level team together
Tweet about achieving the difficult four-peat
Tweet about achieving the difficult four-peat

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Updated May 16, 2023

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