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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* (as the Calgary Buffaloes)
  4. 1968: Lethbridge Hurricanes*
  5. 1968: Sudbury Wolves (as the Niagara Falls Flyers)
  6. 1968: Brandon Wheat Kings*
  7. 1972: Prince George Cougars*
  8. 1972: Seattle Thunderbirds*
  9. 1974: Regina Pats
  10. 1974: Kingston Frontenacs* (as the Kingston Canadians)
  11. 1974: Chicoutimi Saguenéens*
  12. 1975: Guelph Storm (as the Toronto Marlboros)
  13. 1976: Erie Otters (as the Hamilton Fincups)
  14. 1979: Peterborough Petes
  15. 1981: Sarnia Sting (as the Cornwall Royals)
  16. 1981: Moose Jaw Warriors* (as the Winnipeg Warriors)
  17. 1982: Hamilton Bulldogs* (as the Belleville Bulls)
  18. 1983: Victoriaville Tigres* (as the Longueuil Chevaliers)
  19. 1983: Drummondville Voltigeurs*
  20. 1985: Prince Albert Raiders
  21. 1986: Owen Sound Attack (as the Guelph Platers)
  22. 1988: Medicine Hat Tigers
  23. 1989: Swift Current Broncos
  24. 1991: Flint Firebirds* (as the Detroit Compuware Ambassadors)
  25. 1993: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
  26. 1994: Val-d'Or Foreurs*
  27. 1995: Kamloops Blazers
  28. 1996: Cape Breton Eagles (as the Granby Prédateurs)
  29. 1996: Barrie Colts*
  30. 1996: Calgary Hitmen*
  31. 1997: Gatineau Olympiques (as the Hull Olympiques)
  32. 1996: Moncton Wildcats* (as the Moncton Alpines)
  33. 1998: Portland Winterhawks
  34. 1998: Baie-Comeau Drakkar*
  35. 1998: Mississauga Steelheads* (as the Toronto St. Michael's Majors)
  36. 1999: North Bay Battalion* (as the Brampton Battalion)
  37. 1999: Niagara IceDogs* (as the Mississauga IceDogs)
  38. 1999: Ottawa 67's
  39. 2000: Rimouski Océanic
  40. 2000: Charlottetown Islanders* (as the Montreal Rocket)
  41. 2001: Red Deer Rebels
  42. 2002: Kootenay Ice
  43. 2003: Kitchener Rangers
  44. 2004: Kelowna Rockets
  45. 2004: Everett Silvertips*
  46. 2006: Quebec Remparts
  47. 2006: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada* (as the St. John's Fog Devils)
  48. 2007: Vancouver Giants
  49. 2007: Victoria Royals* (as the Chilliwack Bruins)
  50. 2008: Spokane Chiefs
  51. 2011: Saint John Sea Dogs
  52. 2012: Shawinigan Cataractes
  53. 2013: Sherbrooke Phoenix*
  54. 2013: Halifax Mooseheads
  55. 2014: Edmonton Oil Kings
  56. 2015: Oshawa Generals
  57. 2016: London Knights
  58. 2017: Windsor Spitfires
  59. 2018: Acadie-Bathurst Titan
  60. 2019: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

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.

Team Last Championship Drought
Mississauga Steelheads 1960-61 58 seasons
Saskatoon Blades never (team entered WHL in 1966) 52 seasons
Tri-City Americans never (team entered WHL in 1966) 52 seasons
Sudbury Wolves* 1967-68 51 seasons
Shawinigan Cataractes never (team entered QMJHL in 1969) 49 seasons
Kingston Frontenacs never (team entered OHL in 1973) 45 seasons
Regina Pats 1979-80 39 seasons
Sarnia Sting* 1980-81 38 seasons
Prince George Cougars* 1980-81 38 seasons
Moose Jaw Warriors never (team entered WHL in 1981) 37 seasons
Quebec Remparts never (team entered QMJHL in 1990) 29 seasons
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1992-93 26 seasons
Chicoutimi Sagueneens 1993-94 25 seasons
Saginaw Spirit* 1993-94 25 seasons
Kamloops Blazers 1994-95 24 seasons
Cape Breton Eagles* 1995-96 23 seasons
Lethbridge Hurricanes 1996-97 22 seasons
Baie-Comeau Drakkar never (team entered QMJHL in 1998) 21 seasons
North Bay Battalion never (team entered OHL in 1999) 20 seasons
Niagara IceDogs never (team entered OHL in 1999) 20 seasons
Charlottetown Islanders never (team entered QMJHL in 1999) 20 seasons
Barrie Colts 1999-00 19 seasons
Ottawa 67’s 2000-01 18 seasons
Red Deer Rebels 2000-01 18 seasons
Victoriaville Tigres 2001-02 17 seasons
Everett Silvertips never (team entered WHL in 2003) 16 seasons
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada never (team entered QMJHL in 2005]] 14 seasons
Peterborough Petes 2005-06 13 seasons
Vancouver Giants 2005-06 13 seasons
Victoria Royals never (team entered WHL in 2006) 12 seasons
  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. 1991: Quebec Remparts* (as the Beauport Harfangs)
  11. 1992: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
  12. 1994: Chicoutimi Saguenéens
  13. 1994: Saginaw Spirit (as the North Bay Centennials, moved to Saginaw in 2002)
  14. 1995: Kamloops Blazers
  15. 1996: Cape Breton Eagles (as the Granby Prédateurs, moved to Cape Breton in 1997)
  16. 1997: Lethbridge Hurricanes
  17. 1998: Baie-Comeau Drakkar*
  18. 1998: Mississauga Steelheads* (as the Toronto St. Michael's Majors, moved to Mississauga in 2007)
  19. 1999: North Bay Battalion* (as the Brampton Battalion, moved to North Bay in 2013)
  20. 1999: Niagara IceDogs* (as the Mississauga IceDogs, moved to Niagara in 2007)
  21. 2000: Charlottetown Islanders* (as the Montreal Rocket, moved to Charlottetown in 2003)
  22. 2000: Barrie Colts
  23. 2001: Ottawa 67's
  24. 2001: Red Deer Rebels
  25. 2002: Victoriaville Tigres
  26. 2004: Everett Silvertips*
  27. 2006: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada* (as the St. John's Fog Devils, moved to Blainville in 2011)
  28. 2006: Peterborough Petes
  29. 2006: Vancouver Giants
  30. 2007: Victoria Royals* (as the Chilliwack Bruins, moved to Victoria in 2011)
  31. 2007: Medicine Hat Tigers
  32. 2007: Plymouth Whalers
  33. 2008: Gatineau Olympiques
  34. 2008: Kitchener Rangers
  35. 2008: Spokane Chiefs
  36. 2009: Drummondville Voltigeurs
  37. 2010: Calgary Hitmen
  38. 2010: Moncton Wildcats
  39. 2010: Windsor Spitfires
  40. 2011: Owen Sound Attack
  41. 2011: Kootenay Ice
  42. 2013: Portland Winterhawks
  43. 2013: Sherbrooke Phoenix*
  44. 2013: Halifax Mooseheads
  45. 2014: Edmonton Oil Kings
  46. 2014: Val-d'Or Foreurs
  47. 2015: Oshawa Generals
  48. 2015: Kelowna Rockets
  49. 2015: Rimouski Oceanic
  50. 2016: London Knights
  51. 2016: Brandon Wheat Kings
  52. 2017: Saint John Sea Dogs
  53. 2017: Erie Otters
  54. 2017: Seattle Thunderbirds
  55. 2018: Acadie-Bathurst Titan
  56. 2018: Hamilton Bulldogs
  57. 2018: Swift Current Broncos
  58. 2019: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
  59. 2019: Guelph Storm
  60. 2019: Prince Albert Raiders

League Finals[edit]

Date each CHL teams last qualified for its 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. 1994: Saskatoon Blades
  3. 1995: Prince George Cougars*
  4. 1995: Sarnia Sting*
  5. 1997: Chicoutimi Saguenéens
  6. 1998: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles*
  7. 1999: Kamloops Blazers
  8. 2002: Victoriaville Tigres
  9. 2003: Red Deer Rebels
  10. 2003: Saginaw Spirit*
  11. 2004: Charlottetown Islanders*
  12. 2006: Moose Jaw Warriors
  13. 2006: Peterborough Petes
  14. 2007: Medicine Hat Tigers
  15. 2007: Sudbury Wolves
  16. 2008: Lethbridge Hurricanes
  17. 2008: Spokane Chiefs
  18. 2008: Kitchener Rangers
  19. 2009: Drummondville Voltigeurs
  20. 2010: Tri-City Americans
  21. 2010: Calgary Hitmen
  22. 2010: Moncton Wildcats
  23. 2010: Windsor Spitfires
  24. 2011: Kootenay Ice
  25. 2011: Gatineau Olympiques
  26. 2011: Owen Sound Attack
  27. 2012: Victoria Royals*
  28. 2013: Sherbrooke Phoenix*
  29. 2013: Barrie Colts
  30. 2014: Portland Winterhawks
  31. 2014: Edmonton Oil Kings
  32. 2014: Baie-Comeau Drakkar
  33. 2014: Val d'Or Foreurs
  34. 2014: North Bay Battalion
  35. 2015: Oshawa Generals
  36. 2015: Rimouski Oceanic
  37. 2015: Quebec Remparts
  38. 2015: Kelowna Rockets
  39. 2016: Brandon Wheat Kings
  40. 2016: Niagara IceDogs
  41. 2016: London Knights
  42. 2016: Shawinigan Cataractes
  43. 2016: Flint Firebirds*
  44. 2017: Seattle Thunderbirds
  45. 2017: Regina Pats
  46. 2017: Erie Otters
  47. 2017: Mississauga Steelheads
  48. 2017: Saint John Sea Dogs
  49. 2018: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
  50. 2018: Hamilton Bulldogs*
  51. 2018: Swift Current Broncos
  52. 2018: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
  53. 2018: Acadie-Bathurst Titan
  54. 2018: Everett Silvertips
  55. 2019: Ottawa 67's
  56. 2019: Halifax Mooseheads
  57. 2019: Vancouver Giants
  58. 2019: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
  59. 2019: Prince Albert Raiders
  60. 2019: Guelph Storm

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 2016-17 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
Winnipeg Ice* 2014-15 4 seasons
Erie Otters 2016-17 2 seasons
Flint Firebirds 2016-17 2 seasons
Prince George Cougars 2016-17 2 seasons
Saint John Sea Dogs 2016-17 2 seasons
Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2017-18 1 season
Kingston Frontenacs 2017-18 1 season
Brandon Wheat Kings 2017-18 1 season
Swift Current Broncos 2017-18 1 season
Regina Pats 2017-18 1 season
Kelowna Rockets 2017-18 1 season
Barrie Colts 2017-18 1 season
  • The Winnipeg Ice last qualified for the playoffs as the Kootenay Ice

Long time droughts[edit]

Postseason[edit]

Team Previous Postseason Appearance Next Postseason Appearance Drought
Mississauga Steelheads 1961–62 2000–01 39 seasons
Edmonton Oil Kings 1978–79 2008–09 30 seasons
Victoria Cougars/Prince George Cougars 1989–90 1996–97 7 seasons
Lethbridge Hurricanes 2008–09 2015–16 6 seasons
Medicine Hat Tigers 1996–97 2002–02 5 seasons
Kootenay Ice/Winnipeg Ice 2014–15 4 seasons

Postseason series win[edit]

Team Last postseason series win Next postseason series win Drought
Edmonton Oil Kings 1972–73 2011–12 39 seasons

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 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]

  • List of National Hockey League franchise post-season droughts
  • List of Major League Baseball franchise post-season droughts
  • List of National Basketball Association franchise post-season droughts
  • List of Current NFL franchise post-season droughts

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