The 10 Best NHL Players To Never Win a Stanley Cup
The NHL has seen some great players throughout the years of its existence. With so many great players there are bound to be a few that never do get to lift Lord Stanley's Cup.
Lifting the Cup is one of the best moments in sports and to see a player finally do it after waiting so long is great to see. But for other players to watch them never lift the Cup is hard to do.
Without further adieu here is the ten best players to never win a Stanley Cup. Feel free to voice your opinions down below
10. Pat LaFontaine
Pat LaFontaine was drafted third overall by the New York Islanders in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. He joined the Islanders right after they had just won their fourth straight Stanley Cup.
LaFontaine went to the Stanley Cup Finals in his rookie season but this would be the only time he would ever sniff the Stanley Cup. He played with the Islanders as they were beginning their decline from a dynasty.
He finished 468 goals and 545 assists during the regular season. LaFontaine was just as good in the playoffs averaging almost a point a game finishing with 26 goals and 36 assists in 69 playoff games.
In the '92-'93 season he finished with 148 points which is the most ever in a season for an American born player. As goodd as he was Pat was never able to capture a Stanley Cup but will still be remembered as one of the greatest to ever play the game.
9. Phil Housley
Phil Housley played for eight different teams during his NHL career although he spent most of his career with the Buffalo Sabres. Housley is the second leading scorer among American born players.
The closest Housley ever came to winning the Cup was in 1998 when he played for the Capitals. They went on to get swept by the Detroit Red Wings. Housley holds the distinction as playing the most games in the NHL without ever winning the Stanley Cup.
Housley finished his career with 338 goals and 894 assists. He played in seven All-Star Games spanning three decades 1980, 1990, and 2000. He was also considered one of the best defensemen of his time but never won the Norris Trophy.
8. Peter Stasny
Peter Stasny also known as Peter the Great is 34 all time in points scored in the NHL with a walloping 450 goals and 789 assists. He is second in points scored for Slovakian players.
Stasny was the first player to record 100 points in his rookie season and holds the NHL record for points in a road game with four goals and four assists in one game against the Washington Capitals.
Stasny had six consecutive 100-point seasons and is only one of seven players to have done so. Stasny never won the Cup mostly due to the fact that he played for the Quebec Nordiques who weren't very good when he played for them.
7. Gilbert Perreault
Perreault played his entire NHL career with the Buffalo Sabres. He was part of the original Buffalo Sabres because he was drafted first by them in their inaugural season.
Throughout his career he tallied 512 goals and 814 assists. Perreault scored the game winning goal in 1978 All Star Game and holds the record for most points in a game with seven and first hat trick in Buffalo Sabres history.
The closest Gilbert ever came to winning the Cup was in the 1974-75 season. The Sabres led by the French Connection went all the way to the Finals but were defeated four games to two by the Philadelphia Flyers.
6. Pierre Turgeon
Pierre Turgeon played for six different teams during his NHL career. Turgeon was the first overall pick in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres.
Turgeon went to the NHL All-Star Game four times in 1990, 1993, 1994, and 1996. He had two 100-point seasons and scored 58 goals in the 93 season.
Turgeon finished with 515 goals and 812 assists and became the 34 player to record atleast 500 goals. The closest Turgeon ever came to winning the Cup was with the Islanders in the 1992-93 season when the lost to the Montreal Canadiens in the Wales Conference Finals.
5. Mike Gartner
Gartner played in the NHL for 19 seasons playing for five different teams along the way. Gartner was drafted fourth oveall by the Washington Capitals in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft who he also played most of his career for.
During his career he led his team in goals nine times and is one of only five players in NHL history with atleast 700 goals. He finished his career with 708 goals and 627 assists.
Gartner is second in most games played without ever winning the Cup. The closest he ever came was in 1994 when he was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leaft went to the Western Conference Finals but lost to the Vancouver Canucks in five games.
His No. 11 was retired by the Washington Capitals on December 28, 2008.
4. Mats Sundin
Sundin is the latest player to retire on this list. Sundin was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques but played just four seasons for them before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs where he spent most of his career.
Sundin currently ranks as having the most overtime goals scored with 15 and holds the record for most games played, points, goals, and assists by a Swedish player.
He is only the second player ever to score atleast 20 goals each in his first 16 seaons and is 20 all time in goals scored with 564. Sundin finished his career with 564 goals and 785 assists. He racked up a good amount of penalty minutes as well finishing with 1093.
Sundin never played in the Stanley Cup Finals. His closest he ever came was making it to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1999 and 2002.
3. Dale Hawerchuk
Dale Hawerchuk spent most of his career playing for the Winnipeg Jets. He also played for the Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues, and Philadelphia Flyers. He was the first overall pick by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft.
Over his career Hawerchuk finished with an insane number of points with 518 goals and 891 assists. He won rookie of the year in 1982 and finished with 103 points that year.
Dale had six seasons where he finished with atleast 100 points including five consecutive seasons from 1983 to 1987.
2. Adam Oates
Adam Oates played for seven different teams during his NHL career spending most of it playing for the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals.
Oates is considered to be one of the greatest passers of all time finishing with 1079 assists. During his years in St. Louis he helped Brett Hull score 70 goals in three straight seasons.
Oates is the oldest player ever to lead the league in assists finishing with 64 in 2001 at the age of 39. He went to the All-Star Game five times.
Oates has yet to make the Hall of Fame and has the most points of all retired players that has yet to make the Hall.
The closest he ever came to winning the Cup was in 1997 with the Washington Capitals when they were defeated by the Detroit Red Wings and again in 2002 with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks but they were defeated by the New Jersey Devils in seven games.
1. Marcel Dionne
Marcel Dionne played 18 seasons in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, and New York Rangers. He was drafted second overall by the Red Wings but spent the bulk of his career with the Los Angeles Kings.
During his career he finished with at least 100 points in eight years and did it for five consecutive seasons from 1978 to 1982. He also had five straight seasons of scoring 50 goals or more during the same span.
Marcel finished with a total of 731 goals and 1040 assists totaling 1771 points. He was just as remarkable during the playoffs finishing with 21 goals and 24 assists in 49 games.
As good as Dionne was he was never able to win the Stanley Cup. During his years on the Kings they were never really good and he never made it past the second round of the playoffs.