Top 20 Current NHLers Without A Stanley Cup Ring

Every hockey player grows up dreaming of one thing: Winning the Stanley Cup. It is the single achievement that makes all those hours of practice, from pee-wee to pro, mean something. It also cements your legacy among fans as a true great and puts a player in some of hockey’s greatest company.

Throughout history, some of the most iconic figures in the game have taken the cup for a lap around the ice, with fans cheering wildly as teammates pop champagne in the locker room and cities prepare for parades and celebrations for months to come.

Other times, some of the best players in the game take a knee at the goal line and soak in all the jubilation from the other side, having to digest the worst kind of loss as they hang their head and get ready for that heart-breaking handshake at center ice, another victim of one of the toughest playoff formats in professional sports.

With the current parity in the NHL, it is harder than ever before for a team to win a championship. Which means some of the best in the game may never be able to experience the crowning achievement in professional hockey.

Here are the best players currently in the NHL without a championship ring.

20 Shane Doan 

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19 Andrei Markov 

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18 Jason Spezza 

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17 Claude Giroux 

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16 Rick Nash 

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15 Roberto Luongo 

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14 The Sedin Twins 

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13 Shea Weber 

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12 John Tavares 

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11 Ryan Miller 

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10 Erik Karlsson 

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9 Steven Stamkos 

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8 Nicklas Backstrom 

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7 Zach Parise 

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6 Carey Price 

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5 Henrik Lundqvist 

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4 Patrick Marleau 

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3 Joe Thornton 

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2 Jarome Iginla 

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1 Alex Ovechkin 

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Three Hart Trophies, Five Rocket Richard Trophies, One Art Ross Trophy, and the Calder Trophy. He is the only Russian player ever to score 500 goals. He has the most goals ever by a Left Wing for a single season, with an incredible 65 in 2008. He is the great 8, the toothless, bearded behemoth who tackles the boards every time he scores a goal with the same intensity as if he had just scored a quadruple overtime game winning goal in game seven of the finals on home ice. Unfortunately, Ovechkin has not been able to win the big prize, despite registering 70 points in 72 playoff games played. Only in his 11th season, it is still entirely possible for Ovechkin to add a Stanley Cup to his already crowded trophy case, and with the Capitals currently sitting atop the NHL standings, this could be their year.

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Top 20 Current NHLers Without A Stanley Cup Ring