Going into the 2022-23 NHL season, 12 teams had never won the Stanley Cup, but that change in June 2023 when the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Florida Panthers.
The Panthers were also one of the 12 teams who had yet to win.
Here are the 11 teams who have yet to win the Stanley Cup.
Which Teams Have Never Won the Stanley Cup?
Close but no cigar is the moniker that most aptly applies to the Vancouver Canucks, who top the list among teams without a Stanley Cup Championship. The Canucks are 0-for-3 in finals appearances, most recently losing to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 in 2011.
An overtime winner from the Colorado Avalanche’s defenseman Uwe Krupp sunk the Florida Panthers in the 1996 Stanley Cup Final, and the team hasn’t come close to a championship since.
The Ottawa Senators came painfully close to making their second finals appearance in 2017, losing to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in overtime of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. Still, that didn’t sting as badly as losing to the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.
San Jose Sharks
The Joe Thornton-led dynasty of the San Jose Sharks was one of the most underperforming postseason teams in NHL history. The Sharks made the playoffs in 14 of 15 seasons, with just one trip to the last round, losing in six games to Sidney Crosby and the Penguins.
The Nashville Predators were the Penguins’ final victim in 2017, the only Western Conference Championship banner in franchise history. Like the Sharks, Nashville has been a formidable regular-season franchise but hasn’t experienced the same success in the playoffs.
It took one season longer than the Golden Knights, but the Seattle Kraken appear poised to make their first playoff run this year.
Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers
The notoriety of not making a finals appearance doesn’t belong exclusively to the Winnipeg Jets, as the team originated as the Atlanta Thrashers. Neither iteration of the franchise has excelled in the playoffs, getting to the conference final just once since coming into the league in 1999-00.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Six playoff berths in 22 seasons is the only accomplishment the Columbus Blue Jackets can hang their hat on.
Minnesota’s distinction as the best hockey state doesn’t apply to its NHL franchise, the Minnesota Wild. The Wild have yet to make a lengthy playoff run, failing to make it out of the second round since 2002-03 and never making it past the Western Conference Final.
The Arizona Coyotes own the worst distinction of being the longest-tenured franchise that has not yet won a Stanley Cup nor made a finals appearance.
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