Ten best players who never won the Stanley Cup
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Ten best players who never won the Stanley Cup

The Stanley Cup. Hockey’s greatest trophy. To win one cements one place in history. However, the NHL is full of players in history who have never hoisted Lord Stanley above their heads. Many of those players are an afterthought, but some, even without the glory of capturing a Cup, are amongst the greatest to ever skate an NHL rink. Here is who we think are the best players to never win the Stanley Cup.

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Best Players To Never Win A Stanley Cup

Winning a Stanley Cup is the ultimate glory in the NHL. However, some of the greats never managed to win one. Here are who we think are the best players to never a Cup.

Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau

While we are focusing on players whose career is over (therefore cannot win a Cup), we would be remiss to not mention two of the longest-tenured NHL players without a Cup. Combining for 3359 games and 2697 points (many of which came as teammates on the San Jose Sharks), the only thing missing on their resumes is a Cup.

While Thornton languishes on a listless Sharks team, Marleau (shipped to Pittsburgh) could capture a Cup if the NHL season resumes. The Pittsburgh Penguins are at NHL betting odds of +1200 to win the Stanley Cup on Sports Interaction to win the Cup.

Marcel Dionne

While small in stature, at only 5’8”, Marcel Dionne’s list of accomplishes are quite large. Topping 50 goals on six occasions, winning two Lady Byng awards, and capturing the Art Ross Trophy in 1980, the only thing to the Hall of Fame centre never accomplished was winning a Stanley Cup.

Dionne spent most of his career on the Los Angeles Kings, who never made it further than the second round of the NHL Playoffs. Still, Dionne is one of the greatest players to ever lace them up, finishing his career with 757 goals and 1771 points.

Peter Bondra

Maybe a controversial choice, to add Peter Bondra to this list (while omitting a few other notable players), Bondra’s career was quite a successful minus a Stanley Cup.

Bondra led the NHL in goals twice, finishing his career with 503 goals (43rd all-time as of May 2020). He helped the Washington Capitals make the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998, but the Red Wings promptly swept them.

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Still, considering his accomplishments (30+ goals in nine seasons and 32 shorthanded goals 16th all-time) Bondra is worth including in this list.

Pierre Turgeon

A bit of a journeyman, scoring over 120 goals for three of the six franchises he laced up for, Pierre Turgeon, seemingly never was in the right place at the right time. Finishing his career with 515 goals, Turgeon played for three teams that won a Cup during his career, but never in a season he was a part of their roster.

Even without a Cup, Turgeon is an all-time great, averaging over a point per game in career and posting a career-high 58 goals in 1992-93.

Adam Oates

Thrice leading the NHL in assists and currently sitting eighth all-time, Adam Oates is amongst the greatest NHL playmakers. However, in his current spanning from 1985 to 2004, Oates never captured a Stanley Cup.

Oates is one of the most underappreciated players in NHL history. Just once an All-Star, Oates finished his career with 1420 points in 1337 games.

His career magnum onus came in 93 when he paced the NHL with 97 assists and finished the season with 142 points (yet was not named an All-Star).

The Sedins (Daniel and Henrik)

The story of twin brothers playing together on the same professional sports franchise is one worthy of a documentary. The problem though, through all their success together, is the duo never managed to capture Lord Stanley.

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The Sedins helped the Vancouver Canucks win two President Trophies and a Stanley Cup appearance (losing in seven to the Boston Bruins) but never managed to win it all.

*Fun stat, the Sedin twins each finished the 2008-09 season with 82 points.

Mats Sundin

The long time Toronto Maple Leaf certainly had a great career but finished it without a Stanley Cup. Whether it was the Philadelphia Flyers or the New Jersey Devils, something always stood in the way of Sundin and the Leafs.

Even without a Cup, the captain of hockey’s biggest market enjoyed a stellar career with 15 seasons of 70+ points and just only a point per game in his career (literally just over, 1349 points in 1346 games).

Henrik Lundqvist

We decided to squeak in another active player, although with his time dwindling, we should not expect to see “The King” much longer.

With 459 wins, Lundqvist ranks sixth all-time in wins (behind Roberto Luongo, a notable admission from this list). Lundqvist has spent his entire career with the New York Rangers, making one Stanley Cup and twice leading the NHL in shutouts.

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 If the NHL season resumes, there is a chance the Rangers make a run, but most likely the player with the longest current tenure in New York (since Eli Manning retired in the offseason) will finish his career without a Cup. Currently, the New York Rangers at +6600 to win the Stanley Cup.

Curtis Joseph

No goaltender in history has more NHL playoffs wins (63) without a Stanley Cup than Curtis Joseph. Cujo spent 20 years in the NHL, collecting 454 wins

While Cujo was never the best netminder in the league, he performed very well in the playoffs, leading all goaltenders with a .938 and .939 save percentage in 93 and 04 respectively. Still, Cujo never managed to make the finals, let alone win a Cup for any team he played with.

Scott Mellanby

We are going to end this list with a more of an honourable mention choice than a genuinely great player. Scott Mellanby enjoyed a lengthy NHL career, suiting up for 21 seasons and an astonishing 1431 games, 31st most all-time.

While his 840 points are not enough to put him high up on many lists, Mellanby was a consistent player (13 seasons with at least 15 goals) and a pivot part of a Florida Panthers team that made a Stanley Cup Finals.

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