List of CHL franchise post-season droughts

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This is a list of current Canadian Hockey League (CHL) franchise league championship and Memorial Cup droughts. Those teams which have never won in franchise history are listed by the playoff date for the season they entered the league.

League Championships[edit]

Shows the last year each of the 60 current CHL franchises won a J. Ross Robertson Cup (OHL), the Ed Chynoweth Cup (WHL) or the President's Cup (QMJHL) - or the year they entered competition if they have never won a league championship (marked with a *). Shows the playoff timing of a season, such as 1967 for the 1966-67 season.

  1. 1967: Saskatoon Blades*
  2. 1967: Tri-City Americans* (as the Calgary Buffaloes)
  3. 1968: Sudbury Wolves (as the Niagara Falls Flyers)
  4. 1970: Shawinigan Cataractes*
  5. 1972: Seattle Thunderbirds* (as the Vancouver Nats)
  6. 1974: Kingston Frontenacs* (as the Kingston Canadians)
  7. 1980: Regina Pats
  8. 1981: Sarnia Sting (as the Cornwall Royals)
  9. 1981: Prince George Cougars (as the Victoria Cougars)
  10. 1981: Moose Jaw Warriors* (as the Winnipeg Warriors)
  11. 1985: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (as the Verdun Junior Canadians)
  12. 1985: Prince Albert Raiders
  13. 1991: Quebec Remparts* (as the Beauport Harfangs)
  14. 1992: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
  15. 1993: Swift Current Broncos
  16. 1994: Chicoutimi Saguenéens
  17. 1994: Saginaw Spirit (as the North Bay Centennials)
  18. 1995: Kamloops Blazers
  19. 1996: Brandon Wheat Kings
  20. 1996: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (as the Granby Prédateurs)
  21. 1997: Lethbridge Hurricanes
  22. 1997: Oshawa Generals
  23. 1998: Baie-Comeau Drakkar*
  24. 1998: Mississauga Steelheads* (as the St. Michael's Majors)
  25. 1999: North Bay Battalion* (as the Brampton Battalion)
  26. 1999: Niagara IceDogs* (as the Mississauga IceDogs)
  27. 1999: Acadie-Bathurst Titan
  28. 1999: Belleville Bulls
  29. 2000: Charlottetown Islanders* (as the Montreal Rocket)
  30. 2000: Barrie Colts
  31. 2001: Ottawa 67's
  32. 2001: Red Deer Rebels
  33. 2002: Erie Otters
  34. 2002: Victoriaville Tigres
  35. 2004: Everett Silvertips*
  36. 2005: Rimouski Océanic
  37. 2006: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada* (as the St. John's Fog Devils)
  38. 2006: Peterborough Petes
  39. 2006: Vancouver Giants
  40. 2007: Victoria Royals* (as the Chilliwack Bruins)
  41. 2007: Medicine Hat Tigers
  42. 2007: Plymouth Whalers
  43. 2008: Gatineau Olympiques
  44. 2008: Kitchener Rangers
  45. 2008: Spokane Chiefs
  46. 2009: Kelowna Rockets
  47. 2009: Drummondville Voltigeurs
  48. 2010: Calgary Hitmen
  49. 2010: Moncton Wildcats
  50. 2010: Windsor Spitfires
  51. 2011: Owen Sound Attack
  52. 2011: Kootenay Ice
  53. 2012: Saint John Sea Dogs
  54. 2013: London Knights
  55. 2013: Portland Winterhawks
  56. 2013: Sherbrooke Phoenix*
  57. 2013: Halifax Mooseheads
  58. 2014: Guelph Storm
  59. 2014: Edmonton Oil Kings
  60. 2014: Val-d'Or Foreurs

Memorial Cup[edit]

Shows the last year each of the 60 current CHL franchises won a Memorial Cup - or the year they entered competition if they have never won a Memorial Cup (marked with a *). Shows the playoff timing of a season, such as 1960 for the 1959-60 season.

  1. 1960: Saginaw Spirit (as the St. Catharines Teepees)
  2. 1967: Saskatoon Blades*
  3. 1967: Tri-City Americans*
  4. 1968: Lethbridge Hurricanes*
  5. 1968: Sudbury Wolves (as the Niagara Falls Flyers)
  6. 1968: Brandon Wheat Kings*
  7. 1970: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies* (as the Montreal Junior Canadiens)
  8. 1970: Acadie-Bathurst Titan* (as the Rosemont National)
  9. 1972: Prince George Cougars*
  10. 1972: Seattle Thunderbirds*
  11. 1974: Regina Pats
  12. 1974: Kingston Frontenacs*
  13. 1974: Chicoutimi Saguenéens*
  14. 1975: Guelph Storm (as the Toronto Marlboros)
  15. 1976: Erie Otters (as the Hamilton Fincups)
  16. 1979: Peterborough Petes
  17. 1981: Sarnia Sting (as the Cornwall Royals)
  18. 1981: Moose Jaw Warriors*
  19. 1982: Belleville Bulls*
  20. 1983: Victoriaville Tigres* (as the Longueuil Chevaliers)
  21. 1983: Drummondville Voltigeurs*
  22. 1985: Prince Albert Raiders
  23. 1986: Owen Sound Attack (as the Guelph Platers)
  24. 1988: Medicine Hat Tigers
  25. 1989: Swift Current Broncos
  26. 1990: Oshawa Generals
  27. 1991: Plymouth Whalers*
  28. 1993: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
  29. 1994: Val-d'Or Foreurs*
  30. 1995: Kamloops Blazers
  31. 1996: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (as the Granby Prédateurs)
  32. 1996: Barrie Colts*
  33. 1996: Calgary Hitmen*
  34. 1997: Gatineau Olympiques (as the Hull Olympiques)
  35. 1996: Moncton Wildcats* (as the Moncton Alpines)
  36. 1998: Portland Winterhawks
  37. 1998: Baie-Comeau Drakkar*
  38. 1998: Mississauga Steelheads*
  39. 1999: Brampton Battalion*
  40. 1999: Niagara IceDogs*
  41. 1999: Ottawa 67's
  42. 2000: Rimouski Océanic
  43. 2000: Charlottetown Islanders* (as the Montreal Rocket)
  44. 2001: Red Deer Rebels
  45. 2002: Kootenay Ice
  46. 2003: Kitchener Rangers
  47. 2004: Kelowna Rockets
  48. 2004: Everett Silvertips*
  49. 2005: London Knights
  50. 2006: Quebec Remparts
  51. 2006: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada* (as the St. John's Fog Devils)
  52. 2007: Vancouver Giants
  53. 2007: Victoria Royals* (as the Chilliwack Bruins
  54. 2008: Spokane Chiefs
  55. 2010: Windsor Spitfires
  56. 2011: Saint John Sea Dogs
  57. 2012: Shawinigan Cataractes
  58. 2013: Sherbrooke Phoenix*
  59. 2013: Halifax Mooseheads
  60. 2014: Edmonton Oil Kings

Playoffs[edit]

For any franchise that did not enter post-season play for the current 2013-14 season, shows the last year that franchise did play in the post season. A significant number of teams in each league do enter post season play (73% of the WHL played in the 2014 playoffs), so playoff droughts are generally not as pronounced as championship droughts. Shows the playoff timing of a season, such as 2013 for the 2012-13 season.

Notes[edit]

The longest championship drought in CHL history is shared by the Saskatoon Blades and the Tri-City Americans, who have never won the WHL title nor a Memorial Cup since their founding in 1966. The Blades hold the record for longest drought for a franchise during their time in one city/team name, as the Americans have changed names and cities a few times since 1966.

The longest Memorial Cup drought among teams who have won their league title but never the Memorial Cup belongs to the Brandon Wheat Kings. The team has won three WHL titles but never the Memorial Cup since their founding in 1968.

There are only two CHL teams that have won the Memorial Cup but never their own league - the second edition of the Quebec Remparts (which joined the QMJHL in 1990 as the Beauport Harfangs) won the 2006 Memorial Cup as QMJHL runners-up to champion and tournament host Moncton and the Shawinigan Cataractes who won the 2012 Memorial Cup as hosts.

The longest league championship drought amongst previous winning franchises belongs to the Sudbury Wolves, who have not won since its previous incarnation, the Niagara Falls Flyers, won its third J. Ross Robertson Cup in 1968 (seventh franchise win, including previous incarnation as Barrie Flyers). The longest league championship drought amongst previous winning franchises during their time in one city/team name belongs to the Regina Pats, who have not won the WHL title since their win in 1980.

The longest Memorial Cup winning drought amongst previous winning franchises also belongs to the Sudbury Wolves, who have not won since its previous incarnation, the Niagara Falls Flyers, won its second Memorial Cup in 1968 (fourth franchise win, including previous incarnation as Barrie Flyers). The longest Memorial Cup drought amongst previous winning franchises during their time in one city/team name belongs to the Peterborough Petes, whose only Memorial Cup title came in 1979.

Provenance of the current CHL franchises:

  • Acadie-Bathurst Titan totals include Rosemont National, Laval National, Laval Voisins, Laval Titan and Laval Titan du Collège-Français
  • Blainville-Boisbriand Armada totals include St. John's Fog Devils and Montreal Junior
  • Cape Breton Screaming Eagles totals include Sorel Éperviers, Verdun Éperviers, Granby Bisons and Granby Prédateurs
  • Charlottetown Islanders totals include Montreal Rocket and PEI Rocket
  • Erie Otters totals include Hamilton Fincups, Brantford Alexanders, Hamilton Steelhawks and Niagara Falls Thunder
  • Gatineau Olympiques totals include Hull Festivals and Hull Olympiques
  • Guelph Storm totals include Toronto Marlboros and Dukes of Hamilton
  • Kingston Frontenacs totals include Kingston Canadians and Kingston Raiders
  • Mississauga Steelheads totals include Toronto St. Michael's Majors (1996-2007) and Mississauga St. Michael's Majors (2008-2012)
  • Moncton Wildcats totals include Moncton Alpines
  • Moose Jaw Warriors totals include Winnipeg Warriors
  • Niagara IceDogs totals include Mississauga IceDogs
  • Owen Sound Attack totals include Guelph Platers and Owen Sound Platers
  • Prince George Cougars totals include Victoria Cougars
  • Quebec Remparts totals include Beauport Harfangs
  • Rimouski Océanic totals include Sherbrooke Castors, St-Jean Castors and St-Jean Lynx
  • Rouyn-Noranda Huskies totals include Montreal Junior Canadiens, Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge, Montreal Juniors, Verdun Juniors, Verdun Junior Canadiens, and Saint-Hyacinthe Laser
  • Plymouth Whalers totals include Detroit Compuware Ambassadors, Detroit Junior Red Wings and Detroit Whalers
  • Saginaw Spirit totals include St. Catharines Teepees, St. Catharines Black Hawks, Niagara Falls Flyers (1976-1982) and North Bay Centennials
  • Sarnia Sting totals include Cornwall Royals and Newmarket Royals
  • Seattle Thunderbirds totals include Vancouver Nats, Kamloops Chiefs and Seattle Breakers
  • Shawinigan Cataractes totals include Shawinigan Bruins and Shawinigan Dynamos
  • Sudbury Wolves totals include Niagara Falls Flyers (1960-1972)
  • Tri-City Americans totals include Calgary Buffaloes, Calgary Centennials, Billings Bighorns, Nanaimo Islanders and New Westminster Bruins (1983-1988)
  • Victoriaville Tigres totals include Longueuil Chevaliers

See also[edit]