If Chicago Wins: A Worst Case Scenario Reviewed for Leafs Fans

leafsI'm not going to sugar coat this. The Chicago Blackhawks are 8 wins away from winning the Stanley Cup. That result would be devastating for fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Allow me to explain...

Leaf fans are often taunted with the year 1967. That's the last time we (yeah, I wrote "we") won the Stanley Cup. Only one NHL team can claim a worse drought, and that's the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks haven't won since 1961. Sure, they've made it to the Stanley Cup finals since then, but they haven't hoisted Lord Stanley's Cup in 48 years. That somehow comforts Leaf diehards who have only suffered for 42 years.

But, those Blackhawks (who used to be Black Hawks), are 8 wins away. If they win it this year, we'll be in an unmatched stretch of futility.

And if that's not depressing enough, below are the active teams who haven't played in a Stanley Cup final since 1967. One of these teams is not like the others.

  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Atlanta Thrashers
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Nashville Predators
  • Phoenix Coyotes
  • San Jose Sharks

Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery. Go Leafs Go!

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Comments (6)

Anonymous

Shouldn't that read since 68?

May 17, 2009 / 16:17

Horonymous

Above post is mine.

May 17, 2009 / 16:18

Toronto Mike

Well, since the day after the '67 Cup final. :-)

May 17, 2009 / 17:14

dale

I fortunatley saw the Leafs last parade in 1967.
Next team to win from this list is San Jose.

May 17, 2009 / 17:32

Toronto Mike

Don't count out the Hamilton Coyotes!

After the Leafs, the Sharks are the oldest team on the list, having debuted in '91.

The oldest franchise, after the Leafs, would be the Coyotes, who joined the NHL in 1979 as the Winnipeg Jets.

May 17, 2009 / 17:37

Mike from Lowville

Go Chicago Blackhawks! ;0}

May 18, 2009 / 10:00

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