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Stanley Cup Droughts: NHL Teams That Have Never Won the Stanley Cup

The Stanley Cup drought drags on and on for the teams on this list.

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NEW YORK - APRIL 15: Fans take photos of the Stanley Cup during the NHL Playoff Kickoff Party on April 15, 2009 at NHL Powered by Reebok Store in Manhattan. New York
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The Toronto Maple Leafs' Stanley Cup drought continues, with no championship since 1967. That's the longest dry spell among teams that have won it at least once.

Here's the list of current NHL teams that have never won a Stanley Cup. The team's first NHL season is noted in brackets:

  • St. Louis Blues (1967-68)
    The Blues represented the Western Division (consisting exclusively of expansion teams) in the Stanley Cup Finals of 1968, 1969, and 1970.
  • Buffalo Sabres (1970-71)
    The Sabres have been to the Stanley Cup Final twice, losing to the Flyers in 1975 and Stars in 1999.
  • Vancouver Canucks (1970-71)
    The Canucks have been to the Stanley Cup Final three times, losing to the Islanders in 1982, the Rangers in 1994, and the Bruins in 2011.
  • Washington Capitals (1974-75)
    The Capitals have been to the Stanley Cup Final once, losing to the Red Wings in 1998.
  • San Jose Sharks (1991-92)
    The Sharks have made three appearances in the Conference Final, but have never played in a Stanley Cup Final.
  • Florida Panthers (1993-94)
    The Panthers have been to the Stanley Cup Final once, losing to the Avalanche in 1996.
  • Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes (1996-97)
    The Coyotes have made one appearance in the Western Conference Final, but have never played in a Stanley Cup Final. As the Winnipeg Jets (1979-1996) the team never made it further than the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
  • Nashville Predators (1998-99)
    For the first time in franchise history, the Predators won a Stanley Cup Playoff series in 2012. The team was eliminated in round two.
  • Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets (1999-2000)
    The franchise has never won a Stanley Cup Playoff series.
  • Minnesota Wild (2000-01)
    The Wild have made one appearance in the Conference Final, but have never played in a Stanley Cup Final.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets (2000-01)
    The Blue Jackets have never won a Stanley Cup Playoff round.

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