No, I am not a Leafs fan, and no, I don't really feel sorry for their embarrassingly long drought of playoff success.
In case you didn't know, the Toronto Maple Leafs haven't made the Stanley Cup Finals since 1967, the last time they won the Cup.
The Chicago Blackhawks, who own the longest Cup drought, not having won since 1961, have made the Stanley Cup Finals three times since 1967.
That hurts Leafs fans, I'm sure.
The team has made the Conference Finals three times, however, the last being 1994 when they were beaten by the Canucks.
The previous season they lost to the Kings in the Conference Final.
The playoff structure employed at the time had four divisions, two in each Conference, and the top four teams in each Division facing off against each other in a 1-4 seed format.
The Leafs finished third in their division and beat the Red Wings in seven games in the first round.
It took the Leafs another seven games to beat the Blues, and then they were off to face the upstart Kings, who won five less games in the regular season than the Leafs but beat the Flames in the first round of the playoffs after being down 2-1 and defeated the Canucks in six games in the second round.
The 1993 Conference Final would end up being one of the greatest in NHL history.
The Leafs and Kings would exchange victories until the fifth game of the series which saw Toronto win, 3-2, in overtime.
Then came game six.
The game went into OT tied, 4-4, but in overtime, controversy struck. Gretzky was not called on a blatantly obvious high stick on Doug Gilmour. The
Leafs did not get a powerplay in OT, and Gretzky won it sending the series to Toronto for game seven, where the Kings would again win by the score of 5-4.
The Stanley Cup Finals saw the Canadiens lose 4-1 to the Kings in Game 1, but proceeded to do what they did the entire playoffs that year, win in OT, the next three games to finish at home in game five with the score of 4-1.
Had the Leafs won game six or game seven of the '93 West Final, Doug Gilmour would have continued his amazing points streak, he scored 35 points in 21games played, and probably would have won the Conn Smythe.
The Leafs would have faced the Canadiens for the first time in a Stanley Cup Final in the Expansion era (started 1967) and may have finally won the Cup.
Doug Gilmour was an awesome player, and I feel bad for him never winning another Cup, but mostly it's because no Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup since 1993.
Maybe had the Leafs made the FInal it would have been different. Maybe other Canadian teams would have put in more effort to win, since only the Canadiens have won the Cup for Canada since '67.
Also, I wish Felix Potvin had won a Cup because, just personally, he was a nice guy. And then there's Wendel Clark, poor Wendel.