Active Teams That Haven't Played in a Stanley Cup Final Since 1967

Stanley CupWhen the Kings finish off the Devils, yet another franchise will win the Stanley Cup In my lifetime. You probably know where I'm going with this...

My Leafs haven't won the cup since 1967, but they also haven't played in a Stanley Cup final since 1967. So let's look at the list of teams that have played in a Stanley Cup final in the years since 1967. It's quite the long and depressing list.

  • Ottawa Senators
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Calgary Flames
  • New Jersey Devils
  • Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Dallas Stars
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Washington Capitals
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Florida Panthers
  • New York Rangers
  • Vancouver Canucks
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Minnesota North Stars
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Boston Bruins
  • New York Islanders
  • St. Louis Blues

Here are the active teams that haven't played in a Stanley Cup final since 1967.

  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Winnipeg Jets (formerly Atlanta Thrashers)
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Nashville Predators
  • Phoenix Coyotes (formerly Winnipeg Jets)
  • San Jose Sharks

If we move the Leafs aside for a moment, do you notice anything unique about the other six teams above? They're all pretty new franchises. The San Jose Sharks are the oldest team in the books having played their first season in 1991-92. If you're looking for the worst franchise drought outside of Toronto, you can look at the Coyotes who played their first NHL season in 1979-80. Still, this isn't quite the same thing and doesn't come close to our stretch of futility.

I'd like to watch my team play in a Stanley Cup final before I die. It might be nice to win one, too. Is that too much to ask?

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Sam in Pickering

Kings in four. Bank on it.

June 5, 2012 @ 2:39 PM


C'mon Mike, lol. You took their free gifts throughout this season (and Marlies tix earlier), now shut your hole.

June 5, 2012 @ 3:20 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


What does that have to do with the price of tea in China.

I took free tickets to see the Leafs and I want to win a cup. The two are not mutually exclusive.

June 5, 2012 @ 3:23 PM


Well actually, MLSE is majority owned by Ontario's Public Teachers' Union pension plan. (They also own the Eaton Centre Mall via a 100% investment - per last known - of Cadillac Fairview property investments).
And this gov't union heavily supported the Ontario Liberal's third election campaign while it runs a known deficit, excluding today's Workers' Comp. $14 billion unfunded liability, equal to California's (a state 3x more populous than here).
All of which affects this province's at-risk credit rating. This in turn affects China's financial stake from purchasing and holding of such bond investments.
And that, in turn, tickles down to its domestic tea prices.
Your social marketing freebies could have been saved or sold to another party, or given to a more deserving int'l Chinese student industriously studying (while paying extra in enrolment fees) at one of our Universities - any of which thereby lowering one innocent Chinese citizen's price of tea.

June 5, 2012 @ 3:54 PM


@ Mike

I can see CQ's point that when you get freebies you are still supporting a losing cause. That is the problem. Until MLSE realizes that no support - nothing will be done. JUst think of how much $ lost in last few years with no playoffs when Burkie made his PROMISE - playoffs in 2 years - LOL.

Leafs should hire Alex Anthopolis as their GM as at least he knows how to build with the blocks they have now.

June 5, 2012 @ 7:23 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


In theory, when I tune in to watch the Leafs on TV, I'm supporting a losing cause.


I support the team, I root for them... they've been my team for all of my life. I enjoy following my team, I just wish we could win it all one year.

June 5, 2012 @ 7:29 PM


@ Mike

The Leafs Well is run dry NOW after 3-4 years. Time for a change. You support & root for them as I do, but a LOST cause. Time to watch hockey for the entertainment value & not the losing commodity. A Leaf or Hockey fan?

Only consolation is that the Habs hired Therrien again & he worked for RDS this year & constantly slammed Gomez.

When he was fired in Pittsburgh when the team was in 9th place mid season -they hired a new coach & then went onto win Lord Stanley that same year.

@Cheryl You must be in heaven with this coaching decision?

June 5, 2012 @ 8:16 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I assure you, I'll either root for the Leafs or abandon the NHL altogether. There is absolutely no chance I'll adopt another team. I choose to support and root for the team I loved when I was 9.

June 5, 2012 @ 8:22 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@CQ, nice tie in LOL.

June 5, 2012 @ 9:53 PM


One more win in 1993 and we'd have at least accomplished one of those goals. Five more, and...

Fucking Gretzky.

June 5, 2012 @ 10:43 PM


Not to be, 'that guy', but...
You have this listed as 'Active teams that haven't played...'.
Sadly, The Minnesota North Stars are not active. You also have The Dallas Stars listed.

June 6, 2012 @ 8:28 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I covered by ass by calling that list "teams that have played in a Stanley Cup final in the years since 1967."

June 6, 2012 @ 8:40 AM


This stupid team.. Ugh.

June 6, 2012 @ 9:44 AM

519 Rob

Oops, I think you are right.
I saw the North Stars name and got so excited. That was MY team when I was a kid.

June 6, 2012 @ 1:42 PM

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