Top 15 Oldest Current NHL Players To Never Win A Cup

We all love watching them; NHL veterans skating down the ice, wind flying through their grey-speckled beards, utilizing their wisdom to create spectacular plays. The players who have played in the league since before the turn of the millennium and sometimes before rookies entering the league were even born. As fun as it is for the fans to enjoy older players continuing to thrive in an ever-younger league, for some of these battle-tested players, dedicating their entire life to their craft without achieving the ultimate prize – the Stanley Cup – must become a burden at some point.

Only 1,134 players have ever been able to etch their name onto the Stanley Cup in the trophy’s 123 year existence. To put that into perspective, there have been 5, 649 players to lace up their skates in the NHL. Roughly, that equates to a mere 20% of players to ever play in the league being able to hoist the Stanley Cup. It appears that the odds are stacked against NHL players, let alone the aging veterans of the league. Still, it’s nice to imagine the elation and pure joy on the wrinkled face of a veteran who is lifting the Cup for the first time in his career. With the visiting locker room of the SAP Center in San Jose still soaked in champagne, now is as good a time as ever to take a look at 15 current NHL veterans who have yet to add a Stanley Cup to their lengthy résumés.

15 Craig Anderson (35)

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14 Vernon Fiddler (36)

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13 Jason Chimera (37)

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12 Mike Ribeiro (36)

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11 Mike Fisher (36)

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10 Stéphane Robidas (39)

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9 Shawn Horcoff (37)

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8 Olli Jokinen (37)

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7 Dainius Zubrus (38)

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6 Andrei Markov (37)

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5 Marek Zidlicky (39)

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4 Roberto Luongo (37)

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3 Patrick Marleau (36)

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2 Shane Doan (39)

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1 Joe Thornton (36)

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Born in the 70s. OHL All-Rookie. OHL rookie of the year. CHL rookie of the year. Drafted 1st overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Art Ross Trophy. Hart Memorial Trophy. 6-time NHL all-star. World Junior Championship gold medal. Olympic gold medal. Quite clearly, Joe Thornton has had an illustrious career in which he has achieved accolades most players can only ever dream of. There is no doubt that Thornton’s 19 years in the league –a total of 964 assists and 1,341 points in 1,367 regular season games, and 121 points in 156 playoff games – is worthy of the Hall of Fame. However, an examination of his list of achievements exposes one glaring empty spot in his trophy cabinet: the Stanley Cup. This past season, the San Jose Sharks were eliminated in game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the emotion in Thornton’s eyes was very clear. After such an amazing career, there may not be a player in the league more deserving of a Cup than ‘Jumbo Joe’ and probably no one that would be as awesome to watch hoist the Cup more than Thornton. Let’s hope that the 36 year old can make another run because, let’s be honest, who isn’t a fan of that incredible beard?

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