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* (as the Kingston Canadians)
  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* (as the Winnipeg 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 Detroit Compuware Ambassadors)
  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* (as the Toronto St. Michael's Majors)
  38. 1999: North Bay Battalion* (as the Brampton Battalion)
  39. 1999: Niagara IceDogs* (as the Mississauga 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. 2011: Saint John Sea Dogs
  54. 2012: Shawinigan Cataractes
  55. 2013: Sherbrooke Phoenix*
  56. 2013: Halifax Mooseheads
  57. 2014: Edmonton Oil Kings
  58. 2015: Oshawa Generals
  59. 2016: London Knights
  60. 2017: Windsor Spitfires

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, moved to Tri-City in 1988)
  3. 1968: Sudbury Wolves* (as the Niagara Falls Flyers, moved to Sudbury in 1972)
  4. 1970: Shawinigan Cataractes*
  5. 1974: Kingston Frontenacs*
  6. 1980: Regina Pats
  7. 1981: Sarnia Sting* (won QMJHL Championship as the Cornwall Royals before joining the OHL, moved to Sarnia in 1994)
  8. 1981: Prince George Cougars (as the Victoria Cougars, moved to Prince George in 1994)
  9. 1981: Moose Jaw Warriors* (as the Winnipeg Warriors, moved to Moose Jaw in 1984)
  10. 1985: Prince Albert Raiders
  11. 1991: Quebec Remparts* (as the Beauport Harfangs)
  12. 1992: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
  13. 1993: Swift Current Broncos
  14. 1994: Chicoutimi Saguenéens
  15. 1994: Saginaw Spirit (as the North Bay Centennials, moved to Saginaw in 2002)
  16. 1995: Kamloops Blazers
  17. 1996: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (as the Granby Prédateurs, moved to Cape Breton in 1997)
  18. 1997: Lethbridge Hurricanes
  19. 1998: Baie-Comeau Drakkar*
  20. 1998: Mississauga Steelheads* (as the Toronto St. Michael's Majors, moved to Mississauga in 2007)
  21. 1999: North Bay Battalion* (as the Brampton Battalion, moved to North Bay in 2013)
  22. 1999: Niagara IceDogs* (as the Mississauga IceDogs, moved to Niagara in 2007)
  23. 1999: Acadie-Bathurst Titan
  24. 1999: Hamilton Bulldogs (as the Belleville Bulls, moved to Hamilton in 2015)
  25. 2000: Charlottetown Islanders* (as the Montreal Rocket, moved to Charlottetown in 2003)
  26. 2000: Barrie Colts
  27. 2001: Ottawa 67's
  28. 2001: Red Deer Rebels
  29. 2002: Victoriaville Tigres
  30. 2004: Everett Silvertips*
  31. 2006: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada* (as the St. John's Fog Devils, moved to Blainville in 2011)
  32. 2006: Peterborough Petes
  33. 2006: Vancouver Giants
  34. 2007: Victoria Royals* (as the Chilliwack Bruins, moved to Victoria in 2011)
  35. 2007: Medicine Hat Tigers
  36. 2007: Plymouth Whalers
  37. 2008: Gatineau Olympiques
  38. 2008: Kitchener Rangers
  39. 2008: Spokane Chiefs
  40. 2009: Drummondville Voltigeurs
  41. 2010: Calgary Hitmen
  42. 2010: Moncton Wildcats
  43. 2010: Windsor Spitfires
  44. 2011: Owen Sound Attack
  45. 2011: Kootenay Ice
  46. 2013: Portland Winterhawks
  47. 2013: Sherbrooke Phoenix*
  48. 2013: Halifax Mooseheads
  49. 2014: Guelph Storm
  50. 2014: Edmonton Oil Kings
  51. 2014: Val-d'Or Foreurs
  52. 2015: Oshawa Generals
  53. 2015: Kelowna Rockets
  54. 2015: Rimouski Oceanic
  55. 2016: London Knights
  56. 2016: Brandon Wheat Kings
  57. 2016: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
  58. 2017: Saint John Sea Dogs
  59. 2017: Erie Otters
  60. 2017: Seattle Thunderbirds

League Finals[edit]

Date each CHL teams last qualified for it's respective league finals (WHL, OHL, QMJHL). If they have never qualified for a league championship series, they're marked with a * and the date shows the team's inception into the league. Shows the playoff timing of a season, such as 1967 for the 1966-67 season.

  1. 1974: Kingston Frontenacs*
  2. 1985: Prince Albert Raiders
  3. 1993: Swift Current Broncos
  4. 1993: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
  5. 1994: Saskatoon Blades
  6. 1995: Prince George Cougars*
  7. 1995: Sarnia Sting*
  8. 1997: Chicoutimi Saguenéens
  9. 1998: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles*
  10. 1999: Kamloops Blazers
  11. 2002: Acadie-Bathurst Titan
  12. 2002: Victoriaville Tigres
  13. 2003: Red Deer Rebels
  14. 2003: Saginaw Spirit*
  15. 2004: Charlottetown Islanders*
  16. 2004: Everett Silvertips
  17. 2005: Ottawa 67's
  18. 2006: Moose Jaw Warriors
  19. 2006: Peterborough Petes
  20. 2007: Vancouver Giants
  21. 2007: Medicine Hat Tigers
  22. 2007: Sudbury Wolves
  23. 2008: Lethbridge Hurricanes
  24. 2008: Spokane Chiefs
  25. 2008: Kitchener Rangers
  26. 2009: Drummondville Voltigeurs
  27. 2010: Tri-City Americans
  28. 2010: Calgary Hitmen
  29. 2010: Moncton Wildcats
  30. 2010: Windsor Spitfires
  31. 2011: Kootenay Ice
  32. 2011: Gatineau Olympiques
  33. 2011: Owen Sound Attack
  34. 2012: Victoria Royals*
  35. 2013: Sherbrooke Phoenix*
  36. 2013: Halifax Mooseheads
  37. 2013: Barrie Colts
  38. 2014: Portland Winterhawks
  39. 2014: Edmonton Oil Kings
  40. 2014: Baie-Comeau Drakkar
  41. 2014: Val d'Or Foreurs
  42. 2014: North Bay Battalion
  43. 2014: Guelph Storm
  44. 2015: Oshawa Generals
  45. 2015: Rimouski Oceanic
  46. 2015: Quebec Remparts
  47. 2015: Kelowna Rockets
  48. 2016: Brandon Wheat Kings
  49. 2016: Niagara IceDogs
  50. 2016: London Knights
  51. 2016: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
  52. 2016: Shawinigan Cataractes
  53. 2016: Flint Firebirds*
  54. 2016: Hamilton Bulldogs*
  55. 2017: Seattle Thunderbirds
  56. 2017: Regina Pats
  57. 2017: Erie Otters
  58. 2017: Mississauga Steelheads
  59. 2017: Saint John Sea Dogs
  60. 2017: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

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.

Year Team
1993: Kingston Frontenacs
1994: Saskatoon Blades
#1994: Sarnia Sting*
2001: Swift Current Broncos
2002: Saginaw Spirit*
2005: Prince Albert Raiders
2006: Everett Silvertips
2006: Acadie-Bathurst Titan
2007: Sudbury Wolves
2007: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
2007: Prince George Cougars
2010: Vancouver Giants
2010: Drummondville Voltigeurs
2010: Victoriaville Tigres
2011: Victoria Royals*
#2011: Windsor Spitfires
#2011: Gatineau Olympiques
#2011: Spokane Chiefs
#2011: Kootenay Ice
#2012: Tri-City Americans
#2012: Moose Jaw Warriors
#2012: Kitchener Rangers
#2012: Ottawa 67's
#2013: Sherbrooke Phoenix*
#2013: Kamloops Blazers
#2014: Medicine Hat Tigers
#2014: Edmonton Oil Kings
#2014: Halifax Mooseheads
#2014: Baie-Comeau Drakkar
#2014: Guelph Storm
#2015: Oshawa Generals
#2015: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
#2015: North Bay Battalion
#2015: Quebec Remparts
#2015: Val-d'Or Foreurs
#2015: Rimouski Oceanic
#2015: Portland Winterhawks
#2015: Calgary Hitmen
#2015: Flint Firebirds*
#2015: Hamilton Bulldogs*
#2016: Brandon Wheat Kings
#2016: Red Deer Rebels
#2016: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
#2016: Moncton Wildcats
#2016: Shawinigan Cataractes
#2016: London Knights
#2016: Niagara IceDogs
#2016: Barrie Colts
#2017: Saint John Sea Dogs
#2017: Chicoutimi Sagueneens
#2017: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
#2017: Charlottetown Islanders
#2017: Erie Otters
#2017: Owen Sound Attack
#2017: Mississauga Steelheads
#2017: Peterborough Petes
#2017: Regina Pats
#2017: Lethbridge Hurricanes
#2017: Kelowna Rockets
#2017: Seattle Thunderbirds

Playoff Series Win[edit]

For any franchise that did not win a playoff series in the 20116-17 season, shows the last year that they won a playoff series.

Team Last appearance in post-season Post-season drought
Prince Albert Raiders 2004-05 12 seasons
Prince George Cougars 2006-07 10 seasons
Sarnia Sting 2007-08 9 seasons
Vancouver Giants 2009-10 7 seasons
Saskatoon Blades 2010-11 6 seasons
Windsor Spitfires 2010-11 6 seasons
Tri-City Americans 2011-12 5 seasons
Saginaw Spirit 2011-12 5 seasons
Ottawa 67's 2011-12 5 seasons
Sherbrooke Phoenix1 2012-13 4 seasons
Victoriaville Tigres 2012-13 4 seasons
Kamloops Blazers 2012-13 4 seasons
Spokane Chiefs 2012-13 4 seasons
Flint Firebirds2 2012-13 4 seasons
Sudbury Wolves 2012-13 4 seasons
Hamilton Bulldogs3 2012-13 4 seasons
Drummondville Voltigeurs 2013-14 3 seasons
Edmonton Oil Kings 2013-14 3 seasons
Kootenay Ice 2013-14 3 seasons
Rimouski Oceanic 2014-15 2 seasons
Halifax Mooseheads 2014-15 2 seasons
Quebec Remparts 2014-15 2 seasons
Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2014-15 2 seasons
Calgary Hitmen 2014-15 2 seasons
Guelph Storm 2014-15 2 seasons
Niagara IceDogs 2015-16 1 season
Barrie Colts 2015-16 1 season
North Bay Battalion 2015-16 1 season
Kitchener Rangers 2015-16 1 season
Brandon Wheat Kings 2015-16 1 season
Moose Jaw Warriors 2015-16 1 season
Red Deer Rebels 2015-16 1 season
Victoria Royals 2015-16 1 season
Shawinigan Cataractes 2015-16 1 season
Gatineau Olympiques 2015-16 1 season
Moncton Wildcats 2015-16 1 season
1 the Sherbrooke Phoenix have never won a playoff series. The season listed is the season they began play.
2 the Flint Firebirds last won a playoff series as the Plymouth Whalers.
3 the Hamilton Bulldogs last won a playoff series as the Belleville Bulls.

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
  • North Bay Battalion totals include Brampton Battalion
  • 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)
  • Victoria Royals totals include Chilliwack Bruins (2006-2011)
  • Victoriaville Tigres totals include Longueuil Chevaliers

See also[edit]