Golden Seals Cup

california golden seals hockey cardIn the National Hockey League, people watch the race for last place in the regular season probably more than the race for first overall. Why? Winning the President’s Trophy means nothing. No one cares too much about finishing first – it’s the Stanley Cup that matters. However, there is a big prize for finishing last overall. That prize is really good odds at the first overall draft pick at the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.

That first overall pick has meant the world to some teams and has been squandered by others. The Pittsburgh Penguins are perhaps the one franchise in the NHL that has prospered the most from finishing last overall. In the 1980’s, it brought them Mario Lemieux and two Stanley Cup championships. In the 2000’s, it brought them Sidney Crosby and more visits to the Stanley Cup finals.

So, we’ve created a fictitious trophy for this dubious honour. Since we started tracking with the 1967-68 season when the league was expanded to a reasonable 12 teams, our mythical trophy is named after the first team to finish last overall in the post Original 6 era, the Oakland Seals.

Interestingly, of the Original 6 teams, only the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings have finished last overall since 1967-68. The Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers have certainly had some bad teams over the past 45 years but have never lined the basement floor.

Golden Seals Cup Winners

Year Winner Points
2015-16 Toronto Maple Leafs 69
2014-15 Buffalo Sabres 54
2013-14 Buffalo Sabres 52
2012-13 Florida Panthers 36
2011-12 Columbus Blue Jackets 65
2010-11 Edmonton Oilers 62
2009-10 Edmonton Oilers 62
2008-09 New York Islanders 61
2007-08 Tampa Bay Lightning 71
2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers 56
2005-06 St. Louis Blues 57
2004-05 season lost 0
2003-04 Pittsburgh Penguins 58
2002-03 Carolina Hurricanes 61
2001-02 Atlanta Thrashers 54
2000-01 New York Islanders 52
1999-00 Atlanta Thrashers 39
1998-99 Tampa Bay Lightning 47
1997-98 Tampa Bay Lightning 44
1996-97 Boston Bruins 61
1995-96 Ottawa Senators 41
1994-95 Ottawa Senators 23
1993-94 Ottawa Senators 37
1992-93 Ottawa Senators 24
1991-92 San Jose Sharks 39
1990-91 Quebec Nordiques 46
1989-90 Quebec Nordiques 31
1988-89 Quebec Nordiques 61
1987-88 Minnesota North Stars 51
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres 64
1985-86 Detroit Red Wings 40
1984-85 Toronto Maple Leafs 48
1983-84 Pittsburgh Penguins 38
1982-83 Pittsburgh Penguins 45
1981-82 Colorado Rockies 49
1980-81 Winnipeg Jets 32
1979-80 Colorado Rockies 51
1978-79 Colorado Rockies 42
1977-78 Minnesota North Stars 45
1976-77 Detroit Red Wings 41
1975-76 Washington Capitals 32
1974-75 Washington Capitals 21
1973-74 California Golden Seals 36
1972-73 New York Islanders 30
1971-72 Vancouver Canucks 48
1970-71 California Golden Seals 45
1969-70 Los Angeles Kings 38
1968-69 Minnesota North Stars 51
1967-68 Oakland Seals 47

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