The Stanley Cup is the ultimate trophy in professional sports.
From the time that hockey players are small kids playing on ponds or in pee wee leagues, they dream of lifting this trophy over their heads in triumph and having their name inscribed on it alongside names like Howe, Richard, Orr, Gretzky, Lemieux and Roy.
There are many players who reach excellence in the NHL but never manage to win a title. Perhaps they just never got to play on very good teams or their clubs run into injuries at key times or they could not overcome a dynastic opponent like the Canadiens of the 70s or the Islanders and Oilers in the 80s.
Here is a look at the 50 greatest NHL players and coaches who achieved individual excellence, but never won the Stanley Cup.
Keep in mind that players who are still active may be ranked lower on this list than they may seemingly deserve to be because they still have a chance to win a championship before they retire.