Which NHL Teams have Never Won the Stanley Cup?
The anxiety, hope and expectation ice hockey fans have during the beginning of a new season is unpalpable. The start of a season is every team’s shot at becoming “plus one” champions of the most prestigious trophy in all of ice hockey.
Even though every team has their eyes on the cup, not every team makes it past the playoff, talk less about advancing to the Cup finals. However, the start of a new season is a time for players to compete again and make their aspiration of carrying the trophy a reality.
Since 1914, the Stanley Cup has been held 106 times by 25 different teams in the NHL. However, only 20 of these teams are still active in the NHL today. That poses the questions of which teams have won the Stanley Cup and which teams are yet to win it.
Stay with us because we will be answering these questions in this article.
About The Stanley Cup
Let’s begin with a little run down of the Stanley Cup.
The Stanley cup is a trophy in ice hockey, given yearly to the team that wins the NHL playoffs. It is the biggest, oldest and most essential sports trophy, at least in North America. The award has this respect and value because of its age and the traditions attached to it.
The NHL didn’t own the Stanley cup, at least up until 1947 when the cup became the de jure (by rightful entitlement) championship price of the NHL. Initially, in 1926, the Stanley Cup was the de facto (not necessarily by legal right) trophy of the NHL until they had the legal right in 1947 after meeting with the trustees of the Stanley Cup.
The tricky thing is that the cup still does not belong to the NHL, but they have the right to stop teams who are not from the NHL from competing for the cup. The right to the Stanley Cup, which the NHL enjoys is due to the agreement it had with the owners, the Cup Trustees.
Read more on the history and evolution of the Stanley Cup, and how to get your name on the cup.
How Many NHL Teams Have Won The Stanley Cup?
Currently, there are 32 teams in the NHL with the most recent (Seattle Krakens) joining the league in 2021. Of the 32 teams, only 20 have the title of Stanley Cup winner. In the end, this leaves 12 teams who have never won the Stanley Cup since they joined the NHL.
Furthermore, only 7 out of the 12 teams to never win a Stanley cup have made it to the Stanley cup final. This raises the question, what happened to the remaining 5 teams? This will be discussed later on in this article.
The Montreal Canadiens are the NHL franchise with the most Stanley cup wins, with 24 so far. They also have the most consecutive Stanley cup wins with 5 wins from 1955-1956 to the 1959-1960 season.
Even with that, the recent winners of the 2021/2022 season are the Colorado Avalanche who now have 3 Stanley cups to their name.
List of Teams To Win The Stanley Cup (2023 Updated)
Below is the list of all the teams currently in the NHL to have won the Stanley cup. They are ranked based on the number of Stanley cups they possess from the highest to the lowest. The table also contains the number of times the team has made it to the Stanley cup finals.
|Ranking||Franchise||Final Appearances||No. of Stanley Cup|
|2||Toronto Maple Leafs||22||13|
|3||Detroit Red Wings||24||11|
|8||New York Islanders||5||4|
|9||New York Rangers||11||4|
|11||New Jersey Devils||5||3|
|12||Tampa Bay Lightning||5||3|
|14||Los Angeles Kings||3||2|
|16||St. Louis Blues||4||1|
How Many NHL Teams Have Never Won The Stanley Cup?
Now that we have covered the 20 NHL teams to have carried the trophy, let us move to the 12 teams that are yet to win it. The Seattle Krakens who is the newest entry makes the list of teams without a Stanley cup.
List of Teams To Never Win The Stanley Cup (2023 Updated)
The table below is a list of teams currently in the NHL that have not won a Stanley cup. The first seven teams have advanced to the finals, while the last 5 have not made it to the finals.
|Ranking||Teams||Final Appearances||Last Final Appearance|
|5||San Jose Sharks||1||2016|
|7||Vegas Golden Knights||1||2018|
|10||Columbus Blue Jacks||0||–|
Top 5 NHL Players That Never Won The Stanley Cup
The “Holy Grail” has been lifted by many of the all-time greats in the NHL. Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky who are one of the greatest NHL players have also won the trophy during their time. However, there are some top players in the NHL who the trophy eluded during their careers. Some of the top five include:
Marcel Dionne is a great player with notable achievements while he played in the NHL. He came close to winning the Stanley cup once but was unable to despite his accomplishment. The Canadian is the only member on the 15 all-time scoring list to never get a Stanley cup. He played for 18 seasons and is a member of the NHL Hall of Fame of 1992. Throughout his career, he never made it past the second round of the playoffs.
Summary of Marcel Dionne’s Career
|Career Length||18 Years|
|Achievements||Art Ross Trophy (1979/80)|
6th Most Points in the NHL
Eight 100+ Points Seasons
Los Angeles Kings
New York Rangers
Brad Park is another exceptional who never won a Stanley cup. The defenseman played for the New York Rangers and became loved by the locals and media. Eventually, he would go on to be the highest-paid NHL player when the Rangers signed a $200,000 deal with the defenseman.
The defenseman had a total of 896 points during his lustrous career. Of the 18 seasons he played in the NHL, he made the playoff 17 times, going to the finals thrice. First was with the Rangers and twice with the Boston Bruins.
Summary of Brad Park’s Career
|Career Length||17 Years|
|Achievements||7 time NHL All-Star|
100 NHL Greatest of All Time Inductee
6 time Norris Trophy winner
|Teams||New York Rangers|
Detroit Red Wings
The Canadian player played 19 seasons in the NHL. During his career, he made it to the finals twice under two different teams but he did not come out victorious. Adam Oates had a record of being the 5th player with the most assists with 1079 points. However, this record was during his time in the league.
Summary of Adam Oates’ Career
|Career Length||19 Years|
|Achievements||5 time NHL All-Star|
3 time NHL Assist Leader
|Teams||Detroit Red Wings|
St. Louis Blues
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Neely is an energetic player who had the Stanley cup elude his career. He is also known as Bam Bam Cam and is part of the 2005 NHL Hall of Fame members. Neely had an achievement with the Boston Bruins by scoring 50 goals in 49 games. This feat has only been achieved by the likes of Gretzky
Summary of Cam Neely’s Career
|Career Length||13 Years|
|Achievements||Bill Masterson Trophy|
4 time NHL All-Star
Pat LaFontaine is another of the great players of his time not to win a Stanley. His career lasted from 1983-1998, recording a total of 1013 points from 865 games. He is placed among the 100 Greatest NHL Players.
Pat joined the Islanders a year after they won four consecutive Stanley Cups. He made it to the Stanley finals once and got trashed by the Edmonton Oilers.
Summary of Pat LaFontaine’s Career
|Career Length||15 Seasons|
|Achievements||Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy|
5 time NHL All-Star
Lester Patrick Trophy
|Teams||New York Islanders|
New York Rangers
Check out Greatest NHL Players Who never Won The Stanley for even more players…
Thank you for reading this far. So there you have it, a list of all the teams who have won the Stanley and teams who are yet to win. If your team is among the franchises to never win a Stanley, there are still many seasons for redemption.
The Seattle Krakens are new to the league and can still make an impact. Although they were unable to make a Stanley Cup appearance in their first year, unlike the Vegas Golden Knight. Still, all teams have one goal, and one goal only – to win the coveted Stanley!
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