The 2015 NHL season is underway and the Blackhawks are trying to defend the championship they won by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning to take their sixth Stanley Cup, and third in the past six years, last spring. Chicago has opened as one of the favorites to win it again, ranking third in our preseason Power Rankings and fifth in our Week 1 edition.
While the Blackhawks are among the NHL’s 13 teams that have won multiple Cups, there are a dozen that still have yet to drink from Lord Stanley’s old punch bowl. Will one of them finally take home their first title next spring?
Also, could this be the season that a Canadian team finally breaks that country’s 22-year championship drought? Five of them made the playoffs last season, yet none advanced beyond the second round. Most recently the Vancouver Canucks (2011), Edmonton Oilers (2006) and Calgary Flames (2004) all came within one game of winning, but the last Canadian club to capture the Stanley Cup was the Montreal Canadiens back in 1993. The Toronto Maple Leafs, whose 13 Cups rank second only to Montreal's 24, haven’t won a title in 48 years, the longest active drought by a non-expansion team. Coach Mike Babcock has been entrusted with the Herculean task of ending it, but only time will tell if he or even his successor finally succeeds.
Here’s a look at how long each of the league’s 30 teams have been waiting for a celebratory skate with the cherished silverware: