The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL) and is awarded each year to the playoff champion at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals. It was created in 1892 by Canadian Governor General Lord Stanley to be awarded to the top amateur ice hockey team. After a series of changes and the folding of the Western Hockey League, it unofficially became the championship trophy of the NHL. The was made official in 1947 with permission from the trustees. Let’s find out which of the current NHL teams have never won a Stanley Cup title.
Which teams have never won a Stanley Cup?
There are a number of teams that have never won a Stanley Cup and a number of teams that have never made the finals. The St. Louis Blues and the Vancouver Canucks have both made 3 Stanley Cup Finals without a win. The Buffalo Sabres made 2 finals without a win and the Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators (see below) and the Washington Capitals each have 1 finals appearance without a win. The Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators and the Winnipeg Jets have all failed to make a Stanley Cup Finals appearance. This means that a total of 12 NHL teams have never won a Stanley Cup.
Did you know?
The original Ottawa Senators, active from 1883 to 1934, won a number of Stanley Cup titles. However, the current team that bears the same name is considered to be a separate team and is not officially related to the original Senators!
The Stanley Cup is quite unique in professional sports. The winning team is awarded the trophy for one year and then it is awarded to the new winning team. It is also engraved with the names of the winning players, coaches and management. This means that the trophy has had many additions over the years and has grown to an impressive size!