Only 60 percent of the NHL’s existing franchises (18 out of 30) have won a Stanley Cup. Conversely, 90 percent (or 27 out of 30) have had a minor league affiliate win a playoff title, whether that was in the AHL, the ECHL, the defunct IHL, the defunct Central League or any other circuit.
Not all minor pro hockey championship runs come with the same sentimental value. While they can all be taken for a positive sign in a team’s development, they mean less to the NHL fanbase in question if the farm team is not located in the same region.
Even in that event, it cannot hurt for the minor league team to sport the same colors, crest and/or nickname as the parent club.
By the same token, when the parent club closes up shop prematurely, there is nothing like having a Triple-A or Double-A associate nearby to extend one’s hockey fix a little longer.
The following is a capsule of the top historical highlights in each NHL team’s minor league postseason history, with special emphasis on everyone’s No. 1 all-time moment.
Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics, past playoff results and affiliation information were found via the Internet Hockey Database.