List of CHL franchise post-season droughts

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

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: Hamilton Bulldogs* (as the 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. 1991: Flint Firebirds* (as the Plymouth Whalers)
  27. 1993: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
  28. 1994: Val-d'Or Foreurs*
  29. 1995: Kamloops Blazers
  30. 1996: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (as the Granby Prédateurs)
  31. 1996: Barrie Colts*
  32. 1996: Calgary Hitmen*
  33. 1997: Gatineau Olympiques (as the Hull Olympiques)
  34. 1996: Moncton Wildcats* (as the Moncton Alpines)
  35. 1998: Portland Winterhawks
  36. 1998: Baie-Comeau Drakkar*
  37. 1998: Mississauga Steelheads*
  38. 1999: North Bay Battalion*
  39. 1999: Niagara IceDogs*
  40. 1999: Ottawa 67's
  41. 2000: Rimouski Océanic
  42. 2000: Charlottetown Islanders* (as the Montreal Rocket)
  43. 2001: Red Deer Rebels
  44. 2002: Kootenay Ice
  45. 2003: Kitchener Rangers
  46. 2004: Kelowna Rockets
  47. 2004: Everett Silvertips*
  48. 2006: Quebec Remparts
  49. 2006: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada* (as the St. John's Fog Devils)
  50. 2007: Vancouver Giants
  51. 2007: Victoria Royals* (as the Chilliwack Bruins)
  52. 2008: Spokane Chiefs
  53. 2010: Windsor Spitfires
  54. 2011: Saint John Sea Dogs
  55. 2012: Shawinigan Cataractes
  56. 2013: Sherbrooke Phoenix*
  57. 2013: Halifax Mooseheads
  58. 2014: Edmonton Oil Kings
  59. 2015: Oshawa Generals

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: Prince Albert Raiders
  12. 1991: Quebec Remparts* (as the Beauport Harfangs)
  13. 1992: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
  14. 1993: Swift Current Broncos
  15. 1994: Chicoutimi Saguenéens
  16. 1994: Saginaw Spirit (as the North Bay Centennials)
  17. 1995: Kamloops Blazers
  18. 1996: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (as the Granby Prédateurs)
  19. 1997: Lethbridge Hurricanes
  20. 1998: Baie-Comeau Drakkar*
  21. 1998: Mississauga Steelheads* (as the St. Michael's Majors)
  22. 1999: North Bay Battalion* (as the Brampton Battalion)
  23. 1999: Niagara IceDogs* (as the Mississauga IceDogs)
  24. 1999: Acadie-Bathurst Titan
  25. 1999: Belleville Bulls
  26. 2000: Charlottetown Islanders* (as the Montreal Rocket)
  27. 2000: Barrie Colts
  28. 2001: Ottawa 67's
  29. 2001: Red Deer Rebels
  30. 2002: Erie Otters
  31. 2002: Victoriaville Tigres
  32. 2004: Everett Silvertips*
  33. 2006: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada* (as the St. John's Fog Devils)
  34. 2006: Peterborough Petes
  35. 2006: Vancouver Giants
  36. 2007: Victoria Royals* (as the Chilliwack Bruins)
  37. 2007: Medicine Hat Tigers
  38. 2007: Plymouth Whalers
  39. 2008: Gatineau Olympiques
  40. 2008: Kitchener Rangers
  41. 2008: Spokane Chiefs
  42. 2009: Drummondville Voltigeurs
  43. 2010: Calgary Hitmen
  44. 2010: Moncton Wildcats
  45. 2010: Windsor Spitfires
  46. 2011: Owen Sound Attack
  47. 2011: Kootenay Ice
  48. 2012: Saint John Sea Dogs
  49. 2013: Portland Winterhawks
  50. 2013: Sherbrooke Phoenix*
  51. 2013: Halifax Mooseheads
  52. 2014: Guelph Storm
  53. 2014: Edmonton Oil Kings
  54. 2014: Val-d'Or Foreurs
  55. 2015: Oshawa Generals
  56. 2015: Kelowna Rockets
  57. 2015: Rimouski Oceanic

League Finals[edit]

For and franchise that did not qualify for their respective league finals (OHL,QMJHL,WHL) in 2014-15 season, shows the last year they did. If the franchise has never qualified for league finals, then the year they entered their respective league 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. 1974: Kingston Frontenacs* (as the Kingston Canadiens)
  2. 1981: Prince George Cougars (as the Victoria Cougars)
  3. 1981: Sarnia Sting (as the Cornwal Royals)
  4. 1984: Regina Pats
  5. 1985: Prince Albert Raiders
  6. 1992: Saskatoon Blades
  7. 1993: Swift Current Broncos
  8. 1993: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
  9. 1996: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (as the Granby Predateurs)
  10. 1997: Chicoutimi Saguenéens
  11. 1999: Kamloops Blazers
  12. 2000: Charlottetown Islanders* (as the Montreal Rocket)
  13. 2002: Acadie-Bathurst Titan
  14. 2002: Victoriaville Tigres
  15. 2003: Red Deer Rebels
  16. 2003: Saginaw Spirit*
  17. 2004: Everett Silvertips
  18. 2005: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada* (as the St. John's Fog Devils)
  19. 2005: Ottawa 67's
  20. 2006: Moose Jaw Warriors
  21. 2006: Peterborough Petes
  22. 2007: Victoria Royals* (as the Chiliwack Bruins)
  23. 2007: Vancouver Giants
  24. 2007: Medicine Hat Tigers
  25. 2007: Sudbury Wolves
  26. 2007: Flint Firebirds (as the Plymouth Whalers)
  27. 2008: Lethbridge Hurricanes
  28. 2008: Spokane Chiefs
  29. 2008: Hamilton Bulldogs (as the Belleville Bulls)
  30. 2008: Kitchener Rangers
  31. 2009: Drummondville Voltigeurs
  32. 2010: Tri-City Americans
  33. 2010: Calgary Hitmen
  34. 2010: Moncton Wildcats
  35. 2010: Windsor Spitfires
  36. 2011: Kootenay Ice
  37. 2011: Gatineau Olympiques
  38. 2011: Mississauga Steelheads (as the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors)
  39. 2011: Owen Sound Attack
  40. 2012: Saint John Sea Dogs
  41. 2013: Sherbrooke Phoenix*
  42. 2013: Halifax Mooseheads
  43. 2013: Barrie Colts
  44. 2014: Portland Winterhawks
  45. 2014: Edmonton Oil Kings
  46. 2014: Baie-Comeau Drakkar
  47. 2014: Val d'Or Foreurs
  48. 2014: North Bay Battalion
  49. 2014: Guelph Storm
  50. 2015: Oshawa Generals
  51. 2015: Erie Otters
  52. 2015: Rimouski Oceanic
  53. 2015: Quebec Remparts
  54. 2015: Kelowna Rockets

Conference Finals Appearance[edit]

For any franchise that did not appear in the conference finals in the 2015-16 season, shows the last year that they appeared in the conference finals or equivalent. Teams that have never appeared in a conference finals are denoted with a (*) and the year in which they entered the leagues is used.

  1. 1989: Sarnia Sting (as the North Bay Centennials)
  2. 1993: Kingston Frontenacs
  3. 1993: Regina Pats
  4. 1994: Saginaw Spirit (as the Cornwall Royals)
  5. 1994: Saskatoon Blades
  6. 2000: Charlottetown Islanders* (as the Montreal Rocket)
  7. 2000: Prince George Cougars
  8. 2001: Swift Current Broncos
  9. 2005: Prince Albert Raiders
  10. 2006: Everett Silvertips
  11. 2006: Acadie-Bathurst Titan
  12. 2006: Peterborough Petes
  13. 2007: Victoria Royals* (as the Chilliwack Bruins)
  14. 2007: Sudbury Wolves
  15. 2007: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
  16. 2008: Lethbridge Hurricanes
  17. 2010: Vancouver Giants
  18. 2010: Drummondville Voltigeurs
  19. 2010: Victoriaville Tigres
  20. 2011: Windsor Spitfires
  21. 2011: Mississauga Steelheads (as the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors)
  22. 2011: Owen Sound Attack
  23. 2011: Gatineau Olympiques
  24. 2011: Spokane Chiefs
  25. 2011: Kootenay Ice
  26. 2012: Tri-City Americans
  27. 2012: Moose Jaw Warriors
  28. 2012: Chicoutimi Sagueneens
  29. 2012: Kitchener Rangers
  30. 2012: Ottawa 67's
  31. 2013: Flint Firebirds (as the Plymouth Rangers)
  32. 2013: Hamilton Bulldogs (as the Belleville Bulls)
  33. 2013: Sherbrooke Phoenix
  34. 2013: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
  35. 2013: Kamloops Blazers
  36. 2014: Medicine Hat Tigers
  37. 2014: Edmonton Oil Kings
  38. 2014: Halifax Mooseheads
  39. 2014: Baie-Comeau Drakkar
  40. 2014: Guelph Storm
  41. 2015: Oshawa Generals
  42. 2015: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
  43. 2015: North Bay Battalion
  44. 2015: Quebec Remparts
  45. 2015: Val-d'Or Foreurs
  46. 2015: Rimouski Oceanic
  47. 2015: Portland Winterhawks
  48. 2015: Calgary Hitmen

Playoff Series Win[edit]

For any franchise that did not win a playoff series in the 2015-16 season, shows the last year that they won a playoff series.

  1. 2005: Prince Albert Raiders
  2. 2007: Prince George Cougars
  3. 2008: Swift Current Broncos
  4. 2008: Acadie-Bathurst Titan
  5. 2008: Sarnia Sting
  6. 2009: Lethbridge Hurricanes
  7. 2010: Vancouver Giants
  8. 2011: Saskatoon Blades
  9. 2011: Windsor Spitfires
  10. 2011: Mississauga Steelheads (as the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors)
  11. 2012: Tri-City Americans
  12. 2012: Chicoutimi Saguenéens
  13. 2012: Saginaw Spirit
  14. 2012: Ottawa 67's
  15. 2013: Sherbrooke Phoenix* (never won a playoff series)
  16. 2013: Kamloops Blazers
  17. 2013: Spokane Chiefs
  18. 2013: Victoriaville Tigres
  19. 2013: Owen Sound Attack
  20. 2013: Flint Firebirds (as the Plymouth Whalers)
  21. 2013: Sudbury Wolves
  22. 2013: Belleville Bulls
  23. 2014: Peterborough Petes
  24. 2014: Edmonton Oil Kings
  25. 2014: Kootenay Ice
  26. 2014: Drummondville Voltigeurs
  27. 2015: Oshawa Generals
  28. 2015: Guelph Storm
  29. 2015: Portland Winterhawks
  30. 2015: Calgary Hitmen
  31. 2015: Medicine Hat Tigers
  32. 2015: Rimouski Oceanic
  33. 2015: Halifax Mooseheads
  34. 2015: Quebec Remparts
  35. 2015: Val d'Or Foreurs
  36. 2015: Baie Comeau Drakkar

Playoffs[edit]

For any franchise that did not enter post-season play for the current 2016-17 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 (80% of the CHL played in the 2017 playoffs), so playoff droughts are not as pronounced as championship droughts. Shows the playoff timing of a season, such as 2014 for the 2013-14 season.

Team Last appearance in post-season Post-season drought
Saskatoon Blades 2012-13 4 seasons
Vancouver Giants 2013-14 3 seasons
Kootenay Ice 2014-15 2 seasons
Guelph Storm 2014-15 2 seasons
North Bay Battalion 2015-16 1 season
Barrie Colts 2015-16 1 season
Saginaw Spirit 2015-16 1 season
Spokane Chiefs 2015-16 1 season
Edmonton Oil Kings 2015-16 1 season
Prince Albert Raiders 2015-16 1 season
Sherbrooke Phoenix 2015-16 1 season
Moncton Wildcats 2015-16 1 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
  • Flint Firebirds totals include Detroit Compuware Ambassadors, Detroit Junior Red Wings, Detroit Whalers, and Plymouth Whalers
  • Gatineau Olympiques totals include Hull Festivals and Hull Olympiques
  • Guelph Storm totals include Toronto Marlboros and Dukes of Hamilton
  • Hamilton Bulldogs totals include Belleville Bulls
  • 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
  • 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]